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Yellowtail Horse Mackerel

Yellowtail horse mackerel are pretty much everywhere, and that is one reason they are such a great live bait for kingfish.

The yellowtail horse mackerel is a member of the Carangidae family, found around most of New Zealand and Australia, living to an age of 20 years plus.

It has a very distinctive yellow back and tail fading into a silver underbelly, and they have yellow scutes running along the centre of the fish to half way along (these scutes are great for spiking the hands..).
Yellowtail horse mackerel have been found from depths off 1 to 500 meters and can grow to a length of 50 cm; they are a school fish and live on mostly plankton and small pelagic fish.
This is one of the most widely spread live baits you can catch in New Zealand. I have caught them in almost every location, from harbours, inshore, and out in the deep 20 miles off shore. Yellowtail horse mackerel are pretty much everywhere, and that is one reason they are such a great live bait for kingfish.

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#4 Big Angry Fish 2017-04-07 09:45
Hi Abdulwahab. Best lures are small jigs used on softbaiting gear or casting setup. Just jig the lures up&down to excite the mackerel to bite!
#3 Abdulwahab 2017-04-07 06:52
Thanks for all informatinos but I have quistion
what lures can use it to catch yallow horse makrel.
wiht my respect
#2 Greg 2016-03-02 16:47
To Milan and Nathan, love the show.
Thanks, Greg Roseman
#1 Soren Cicchini 2015-12-03 18:31
Thanks for making the best fishing show on TV, Milan. You didn't say it here, but I seem to remember you mentioning on the show that back-hooking should be done at about a 45ยบ angle, which is how you show it in the photo. Is this to allow the bait to be eaten head first and maximise hook ups, as you describe for the tail-hooked presentation?

Also, it looks in the tail-hooked photograph like you have put the hook point through from one side and back to the same side, rather than simply from one side to the other. Why do you do that? Is it so that you control the hook orientation rather than letting it potentially twist in the hole?

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