|California Yellowtail, Seriola lalandi dorsalis|
California Yellowtail are one of
three sub-species of Yellowtail Amberjack, which are most easily identified by their bright yellow caudal fins.
The streamlined body has three primary colors: purple/blue on the back,
white/sliver belly, and a goldish/yellow stripe that runs from the eye to the
The yellowtail's range is circumglobal, in subtropical waters. Yellowtails
are found as far north as the southern coast of British Columbia during El
Niño years and as far south as Chile. Yellowtails are prominent game fish
from Southern California, into the Sea of Cortez and down the Pacific Coast
of Mexico. They are
most often found around structures, such as offshore islands, rocky reefs or
kelp beds. The California Yellowtail is carnivorous and feeds on a variety
of fish. Mackerel,
anchovies, squid, and
crab are common in the yellowtail's diet. Often, the California Yellowtail
are found in schools feeding at the surface of the water, as well as deeper
The all tackle record is: 92.1 pounds.
The 10 KG. (22-pound) test fly rod world record is: 31 pounds.
|Trout size Yellowtails like the two juveniles pictured above were caught from a school that probably contained about 100 fish. They were no match for the 10-12 weight tackle used for larger specimens of the same specie, but would crush tackle used for similar size trout. At first these fish showed little fear and literally fought over the flies we presented to them. However, after about a dozen were caught they became much wiser and became extremely selective and difficult to catch.|
|as the water cools in November, steelhead size yellowtails (8-pound average) are prominent over shallow reefs in the Sea of Cortez. They are voracious feeders and very strong fighters. Action can be so furious that a succession of these fish can wear an angler completely out.|
|As the water surface temperatures rise during the summer months, yellowtails head for deeper water and become unavailable to fly fishers. Larger yellowtails normally stay in deep water except when they spawn in the spring. It is during March/April/May time that the largest yellow tails are caught by fly anglers. Loreto, Mexico is the California Yellowtail fly rod record capitol.|
Loreto Area's Fly Fishing Records
|Species||Tippet Class||Weight of fish||Date|
|Yellowtail||Men's 3 Kg.||15 lb. 3 oz.||January 30, 1973|
|Yellowtail||Men's 6 Kg.||32 lb. 8 oz.||March 14, 1972|
|Yellowtail||Men's 8 Kg.||32 lb. 0 oz.||March 27, 1973|
|Yellowtail||Men's 10 Kg.||31 lb.||April 28, 2006|
|Yellowtail||Women's 8 Kg.||25 lb.||March 12, 2008|
|Dorado||Men's 10 Kg.||57 lb. 8 oz.||July 23, 1997|
Olive and White
Pattered after the famous Clouser Minnow, this is an indispensible fly for most saltwater destinations. The Olive and White Deep Eyed Minnow is a good imitation of many species of small saltwater fish that larger sport fish feed on. This fly pattern is especially effective when fished deep with a fast sinking line and the heavy eyes help to get it down to a depth where many predatory fish live. These eyes also give the fly an erratic "wounded-baitfish" action when the fly is retrieved.
California Yellowtails find it hard to resist an Olive and White Deep Eyed Minnow.
Many Jack Crevalles have fallen for the Deep Eyed Minnow.
Triggerfish like the one pictured above eat small fish and Deep Eyed Minnows.
|In the Sea of Cortez and along the Pacific coast of Mexico, the Olive and White Deep Eyed Minnow is used extensively for many shore-line fish such as all species of jacks, skipjack tuna, cabrilla, pargo, barracuda, yellowtail, triggerfish, and roosterfish. Often schools of smaller size baitfish draw the attention of marauding game fish, even to the point that they will ignore larger specimens of the same specie. Many times we have observed very large yellowtail, jack crevalle and roosterfish targeting bait that averaged less than two inches long when five-inch bait was readily available. This can be very frustrating when all your flies are large and the fish are ignoring them. At first it didn't make sense that fish weighing between ten and fifty pounds would selectively feed on the smaller baitfish, especially when specimens of the same specie were available in larger sizes. It is probably because younger/smaller fish are less experienced and are easier to catch.|
Deep Eyed Minnow,
These flies are tied on strong, saltwater resistant hooks, using the finest materials available. The machined brass eyes are gold plated. Only the finest Eastern Bucktail is used for maximum swimming action.
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