The Yellowtail is a coastal fish typically found around offshore islands and rocky reefs. Easily identified by the olive-to-brown body with a yellow stripe arcing from snout to tail. The tail is usually a bright yellow, while the fins may be a shade duller. In Southern California, Yellowtail is considered one of the top premier game fish, due in part to a combination of the power and aggressive fight when landing this fish.
The other quality that makes the Yellowtail such a desirable catch is their flavor. Yellowtail are an oily white meat fish that may be grilled, broiled, baked, sauted poached, or smoked, all with exceptional results. This fish is not ideal for frying since it tends to trap in the fish’s own oil.