Yellowtail Kingfish caught at the mouth of Canterbury’s Waimakariri River
Although we are unsure about the identity of the angler one thing is certain; he is a very good fisherman. He landed this big yellowtail kingfish on salmon/kahawai gear whilst fishing at the mouth of Canterbury’s Waimakariri river on 6th January 2012.
The big kingi was taken on 20 lb monofilament line and a little 28 gram zed spinner.
The kahawai are chasing baitfish including sprats and silveries, while the kingfish are chasing the kahawai. All a case of eat or be eaten.
There have been large numbers of kahawai off the Canterbury river-mouths this summer. I haven’t seen them in these numbers for some years. Kahawai are a great fish to target on light line being such powerful acrobatic fighters.
Though a few kingfish are caught on rod and reel each year in Canterbury; it is very unusual for one to be taken at a rivermouth by an angler spin fishing for kahawai or salmon.
Congratulations to the angler. He is now a member of an elete group of anglers having caught a yellowtail kingfish at the Waimakariri River mouth on light gear.