December 14, 2011

Fish Species

Know your fishes

Yellowtail Kingfish

As you may know, the minimum size is 65 cm and we have thrown back quite a few. The ones we kept were 66+ and up to 75 cm. We like kingies, they are good fun to catch, easy to clean and excellent table fish.
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Leatherjackets, leatherjackets and leatherjackets! What can you say? Unless you have been out with us, or on your own or with other operators along the NSW coast, you may not know what it means to be fishing when these creatures are around.

I have been fishing the waters off Port Hacking for thirty years and never seen leather jackets in numbers such as during the last year or two. They are along the coast in massive schools! But it is also a kind of two edged sword. In a reasonable size they are quite good to eat and easy to catch and some people love them. They are easy to cook and kids like them because of the white flesh and no bones. Twenty per person is the bag limit. But jackets are also making it difficult to reach the flathead or reef spices like snapper and morwong that we like – they are often snatching the bait as it is sinking south! Fishing jackets can be an expensive day out because of their sharp parrot like teeth – they bite of lines, hooks and sinkers.
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We really like all of the tunas! They are fun to catch and good eating if prepared properly, see Tuna preparation for cooking.
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Dolphin fish

This is another one of our favorites! With the warm current from the north we target dollies or Mahi Mahi around the off-shore FADs, about 12 miles out from the coast.
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You all know this fish very well. To be successful we need to travel quite a distance down south, about 10 to 12 nautical miles to the gravel grounds and deep water.
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Reef species
We often catch a range of reef fish, for example wrasses, sweep, sarget baker, red rock cod fish, tarwhine and bream, trevally, cowanyoung, pig fish, goat fish and grouper. For some of them we recommend a dish like Thai Fish Cocktails.


  1. rc helicopters

    January 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm —

    Glad to visit this blog, keep it going.

    • All At Sea

      January 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm —

      Thank you rc chopper. For us it’s a new site and new blog, great to get some feedback.