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Top Rainbow Runner Fishing Charters

Rainbow Runner (Elagatis bipinnulata)

Rainbow Runner

  • Size 8 to 12lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Average
  • Habitats Nearshore, Offshore

Lighter and more slender than their close relatives, California Yellowtail, Rainbow Runners are not as strong as Jacks and Trevallies come. However, they make up for it with atypically good flavor for this family of fish.

How big

Most fish will be in the range of 8 to 12lbs, but they can outgrow 3ft and 40lbs. Smaller fish school, while adults show more solitary behavior.


Rainbow Runners can be found in tropical and subtropical waters worldwide, although in a narrow belt where temperatures are between 70 and 80°F. They are more common offshore at depths of up to 450ft, but are also caught closer to land over reefy/rocky bottoms.

How to catch

As far as bait goes, Rainbow Runners aren't fussy eaters and squid or any local small fish such as mullet or whiting will work well. Additionally, they will take a wide range of artificials like metal slices, plugs, skirted or soft plastic lures, but also poppers and flies.

Good to eat?

The flesh is good eating, white and firm textured.

Fish Species Similar to Rainbow Runner


Yellowtail Amberjack

Jack Crevalle

Trevally (Giant)

Trevally (Golden)

Jack (Almaco)

Jack (Horse-eye)

Jack (African Pompano)