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Hunting, shooting, fishing for Runner

Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Blue or rainbow runner provide a trip out saltwater fishing full of fish hook ups.

Light tackle is perfect for this colourful species getting normally no bigger than 70 centimetres and a few kilograms.

Erratic jigging and popping spoons will get the runner's attention, anything more passive and the lure or bait will go unnoticed- it's a great arm workout. Blue runners like to feed near warm saltwater reefs, popularly traveling near oil rigs and other man-made constructions of the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.

Although they can live near reefs as deep as 168 meters, some are found inshore, in depths of 40 meters, making them a favourite among saltwater kayak anglers and spearfishing enthusiasts.

Rainbow runner's distribution extends further, spreading across the Pacific and Indian Ocean, making them a favourite coastal fish to go for with light tackle in Australia and Southeast Asia as well. Although you could spend all day catching runners, some deep-sea anglers head out for runners first to use them as bait for larger species.

Grab a fly, spinning rod or spear, runner's are an excellent catch!

Basic Info

Varieties: Blue Runner, Rainbow Runner

Scientific name: (Blue) Elegatis bipunnulata, (Rainbow) Caranx crysos

Size: average 90 cm

Weight: (Blue) max. published weight 46.2 kg, (Rainbow) max. published 5.1 kg

Lifespan: 11 years

Methods: Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): (Blue) Western Atlantic from Brazil to Canada, East Atlantic from Angola to Great Britain including the Mediterranean Sea, (Rainbow) in Tropical and Subtropical waters worldwide