Kingy tag & recapture

Every now and then while talking marlin, you stumble across something of other species that is more interesting!

I had a note from Phil Smith yesterday who fished on Rob Fitzalan’s Reel Trouble on Thursday and tagged two little blacks at Seal Rocks.

They were back out again on Friday with some friends from the bush and were chasing kingfish. They boated one approx 18kg but it wasn’t until after filleting they found a tag in it.  It was sent in to fisheries who confirmed the information for them. It turns out it was tagged off Eden in 2005 which makes it the longest standing (free before recapture) kingfish in their records.

It was originally tagged on 11-11-2005 at 65cm and recaptured 27-1-2017 at 1250cm.  That’s 12 years on the lam and pretty much only doubling in growth. I had no idea that kinfish were so slow growing as (although not a kingfish expert) I imagine they get much bigger than that also!

Very interesting and full credit to the tagging program for the information and thanks to Phil for sending in!

See comments for some interesting information on other kingfish growth rates from Dr. Julian Pepperell.

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