5 Yellowtail Spearfishing Tips
- Smaller yellowtail hang out in schools and are curious so they’ll tend to swim close to you
- Larger yellowtail roam solo or in smaller groups and are a bit harder to entice to get close
- Use a flasher to bring the fish in close
- You can use either a flopper or slip tip depending on how big the fish is
- Look for yellowtail under kelp patties in SoCal in warmer months. Homeguards can be found in winter, but it’s rare
Spearfishing Hunting Techniques
Flashers are one of the best tools for attracting kingfish or yellowtail in close for a shot. You can use throw flashers where you throw it out away from you and wait for it to sink 20-30 feet then go down and look for the fish.
You can also make a flasher that’s attached to a float using pom poms and pull the string to make it look like squid or shiny fish are active.
Hunting Yellowtail in SoCal
SoCal spearfishing for yellowtail is generally a bit more challenging than Baja. San Diego seems to produce more than up in my part of town, but Catalina is a good spot to check out during the spring and summer months.
My buddy did land a 18 pounder in January out at Catalina a few years back so it’s possible.
Lots of guys seem to get yellows as consolation prizes when going out looking for tuna. When in doubt, check under a patty. There’s a good chance at least smaller ones are under there.
Speargun Setup for Yellowtail
Your speargun should be able to pack a punch. A 120mm three-band traditional gun would do the job for most medium fish. The largest I’ve shot with a small 100cm pipe gun was 34.5 pounds, but I don’t recommend it.
Float lines are safer especially if you’re out in blue water, but a reel is also manageable.
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