California yellowtail

The California Yellowtail is a native of the coastal waters of Southern California. They are known to be members of the Jack family.

They are considered fast swimmers and have an average lifespan of 5?12 years. When referring to the ?Yellowtail? aspect, people often refer to the Seriola quinqueradiata species.


This species of fish has a very typical ?fish? body structure with the signature elongated torpedo shape and a tall and flattened body. They contain silvery scales on the underbelly region along with blue-green scales on the back.

The California Yellowtail is large and fast-swimming, with a strongly forked tail and a narrow caudal peduncle. Their countershading skin also aids in staying safe from prey and predators.

Their sides carry a combination of dark blue & silver on the sides and the belly. The caudal fins are usually yellow.

Habitat and Lifestyle

The California Yellowtail finds home in regions of salty and oceanic habitats, which means they primarily inhabit nearby sea floor regions and demersal ecosystems. These species are often found in really deep waters.

Due to their predatory feeding habits, they usually hunt smaller animals for eating. Some of their typical food items are small fish, squid, shrimp, etc.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

They live pretty close to the Indo-Pacific region coast. To be specific, they reside close to the shore of Japan, with the area extending to the North & South Korean Coasts along with some surrounding areas.

Generally, for the California Yellowtail, fishing methods like casting with lures/live baits or trolling are employed. Other techniques like chumming, drift fishing, fly fishing, spin casting, etc., are also used.

Peak Season

The California Yellowtail is a migrational fish, so they are mainly present in coastal waters from the months of July-October. However, they are also known for making surprise appearances from time to time.

Best Bait

The following are some of the lures/baits to be utilized while catching the fish.

  • Flies
  • Crabs
  • Cut bait
  • Saltwater Live Bait
  • Shrimp
  • Jigs
  • Squid