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Catching Yellowtail Kingfish

by Ron McBain
Additional information by Steve Suitor

Yellowtail Kingfish - or "Kingies" as they are referred to often - are a fish found in all Australian states. They are an elongated while some of larger fish can be fatter - more like an Albacore in shape. Colour of dark blue to purple above, silvery below, the two colours separated by a broad yellowish-green longitudinal band. The spinous dorsal and pectoral fins are light bluish, the other fins including the tail are yellow. The Kingies are a totally different fish from Yellowfin Tuna. Kingies are a schooling fish, where there is one there are usually a lot more.

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Lake King William 3/11/2102

Dale Howard and I organised to head up to Lake King William yesterday. I dared not back out of this trip as I let him down at the last minute on his previous excursion to the Swan River. I also didn’t want the name “big girlie man” to gain momentum.

Anyway, after being mucked about by “The Unit” because he owns a stupid cat that apparently loves to get bitten by snakes; we arrived at Derwent Bridge around 12pm, so not a lot was expected in terms of a huge catch rate.
Dale had his step father Geoff and son Trevor in tow and my crew consisted of my son Jacob and the latest edition to our family,... Penny the Jack Russell.
King William is full to the brim at the moment and many boats were enjoying the perfect conditions with most seeming to catch good per usual.
We managed 16 between us in the short time that we fished, most caught on Dales “Yellow Peril” hard bodies and his signature soft plastic, the Black n Gold Yep Flapper.
Fish around the trees, that’s where they seem to be in the most numbers, and if you keep getting nips but no hook ups, shorten your plastic by cutting about 10 cms from the head end,.
This helped us improve our hook up rate.
The fish, although only ranging between half a pound and a pound and a half, were in excellent condition, very pink inside and full of stick caddis.
Our little dog, although well behaved for most of the day decided to have a closer look at King William whilst the boat was moving...the picture will show the end result.
A BBQ and the usual sh%t stirring ensued, with our sons Jacob and Trevor showing us “old blokes” how it is done yet again.
These are truly days to appreciate.
Regards, Dale and Todd



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