How to catch Kingfish

The Yellowtail Kingfish (Seriola lalandi) is a fish most anglers dream of catching.

There are many ways of targeting kingfish from using a wide variety of baits to lures. Although debatable, kingfish can be one of the hardest fish to land, as it is commonly known to make a run to the rocks or anything sharp to bust you off as soon as you hookup.

Due to this, strong gear is essential when chasing after this pelagic species.


Shimano offers a large range of suitable fishing reels such as the Stella SW, Twin Power SW and the Saragosa to name a few. These spinning reels are perfect to throw around lures for Kingfish.

Some of the proven Shimano lures, which the Kingfish cannot resist, are the Ocea topwater lures and jigs. However, having the right reel and lure is only halfway in achieving the catch that will stay in your memory forever.

A decent rod is as important as a solid reel. Rods from the Terez, Grappler, and TCurve stables are well suited to catching Kingfish.

Tips for catching Kingfish:

  • When downrigging for kingfish, once the fish is hooked, drive the boat away from structure and drag the fish into the open waters in order to avoid getting reefed.
  • Using live bait increases the chances of more hook-ups. Try catching some live squid, yakkas (yellowtail scad), and slimy mackerel.
  • Make sure that the drag is tight, and you’re ready to hold on!