Tagged king shows staggering growth rate in six months between captures.

Image: NSW DPI

A YELLOWTAIL kingfish originally tagged by Ocean Hunter Sportsfishing Charters on November 16th 2015, whilst fishing the 12 Mile Reef off Sydney has recently been recaptured at The Peak.

The fish was 81cm when first released and was recaptured again at 110cm by Hooked Up while fishing the popular reef off Sydney on May 17th of this year.

This means that the fish had grown a staggering 29cm over its 183 days at liberty.

There have also been a number of other 70-80cm kingfish tagged under the program that have grown more than 20cm in 6-8 months after being released in spring 2015 and being recently recaptured, reinforcing the potential for fast growth rates in this iconic sport fish.

For more information on the NSW DPI Game Fish Tagging Program visit the NSW DPI website.

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