Fish ID Required

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Fish ID Required

Postby azkay » Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:54 pm

I honestly haven't seen one of these in years and years..
A fisho next to us caught in PPB (around Port Melbourne), there was 2 others on the same day, all around the 1.5-2kg range..
I mean, it looks like a Salmon but with that coloration and in that size? Have others seen many like it?
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Re: Fish ID Required

Postby Lightningx » Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:03 pm

Looks like some kind of morwong to me. Those lips not like a salmon. Dusky morwong?

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Re: Fish ID Required

Postby bowl » Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:08 pm

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Maybe....

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Re: Fish ID Required

Postby georgek » Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:13 pm

Its a dusky morwong mate also known locally as a butterfish. Alright on the chew, not amazing but not bad. Very common fish for spearfisho's as they're an uncommon catch on line. Do you know what bait was used?

They get pretty big too, I've seen and speared a few in the 50's and seen em above 60. They go hard

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Re: Fish ID Required

Postby nmgar » Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:27 pm

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This photo of a dusky morwong seems better than the Fisheries one.
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Re: Fish ID Required

Postby bilby » Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:53 pm

If they eat bait, why aren't they caught more often, I wonder?



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Re: Fish ID Required

Postby azkay » Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:55 pm

Oh sweet as, thanks for the info.. Makes sense. Not sure what bait he was using.

Glad it wasn't something lethal, the guy said it was a salmon and took it home to eat!
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Re: Fish ID Required

Postby Brett » Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:01 pm

bilby wrote:If they eat bait, why aren't they caught more often, I wonder?



Because they are generally an algae eater.

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Re: Fish ID Required

Postby Paulanderson » Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:26 pm

The other members are 100% correct. They are very common in South Australia particularly where there is weed and low reef - even in very shallow water. They just sort of sit immobile in the weed if you swim close to them and we have even speared a few with crab spears but have never caught one. The flesh is very soft even when just out of the water and is not highly regarded. In SA the local name is "strong fish" for some obscure reason - perhaps because they have a weedy taste.

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Re: Fish ID Required

Postby fishmagnet » Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:43 am

My mate caught one of them at st kilda on a soft plastic over summer



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