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Kahawai is by far our favourite bait for kingfish. With a big rigged kahawai swimming around, the kingfish won’t be too far behind.

Kahawai are a streamlined inshore pelagic fish that are very fast movers and feed heavily on smaller baitfish. They have large eyes, and their colours on the body vary as juveniles can have golden yellow bars with black dots where adults seem to lose these colouring and the dots blend into the dark blue/green top side and fade to a silver-white underbelly.
Kahawai caught inshore seem to carry more of the yellow, where the open water fish are much darker blue/green topside. Kahawai can grow to over 10 kg but average 1-3 kg.
Kahawai are found pretty much everywhere you put bait in the water. They get a hiding from the commercial and recreational sector but they still seem to have a strong hold on pretty much all inshore areas around the North Island.


Kahawai are by far our favourite bait for kingfish due to the size that they grow. There’s something nice about sticking out a massive kahawai live bait for a kingfish, and the kahawai seem to be one of their main food sources that is rarely turned down.
Other great things about kahawai are that they are easy to catch, and they can take a bit of handling when removing them from the hook to the live bait tank. Once in the tank they do very well, even in large numbers, as long as you have good water changes on regular basis.


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#6 Big Angry Fish 2015-12-29 08:51
Great work Brent. And thanks for the feedback!
#5 Brent Harvey 2015-12-19 11:54
After watching the FG knot vid, i tried it up Coro last month, caught my first Kingfish(19lb)and first time caught on a live bait, the FG knot worked really well and it was nice to have confidence to be able to put the breaks on and know the knot would hold,
#4 Big Angry Fish 2015-11-15 10:48
Hi Hamish. Great to hear that you like the FG knot video. A bridle video is hereby added to our growing to-do list! Cheers
#3 hamish 2015-11-13 15:25
Hey would it be possible to do one of your rigging videos on YouTube to show how you tie your bridel?
I found your FG knot video especially good and use it on all our setups now both heavy and light as ive never had one break!
Cheers Hamish
#2 Big Angry Fish 2015-11-11 10:43
Hi Steve. We'll put that on our to-do list! Cheers
#1 steve 2015-11-08 17:37
Could you post something about rigging for
Deeper water?

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