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Common Species

Tiger Flathead

tiger flathead

Distribution - Tiger flathead are found from the NSW north coast south through to Portland in Victoria, including Bass Straight and Tasmania. This species is predominantly found offshore but tiger flathead also inhabit shallow coastal bays. Tiger flathead are more common south of Nowra.

Size - Maximum of 3kg and 65cm in length.

Characteristics - Bright orange/brown spots on the head and body, with red/brown spots on upper half of the tail. They have large teeth on the roof of their mouth and a sharp spine on each side of the head. Considered good eating.

Confusing species - The reddish/orange spots on the head and body separate this from other flathead.

Yellowfin Bream

Yellowfin bream

Distribution - Yellowfin bream are found along the NSW coast, as well as in Queensland and Victoria. Bream inhabit estuaries up to the brackish water limit (the change from salt to freshwater) and inshore rocky reef habitats near ocean beaches and rocky headlands.

Size - Maximum weight of 4kg and a length of 60 cm.

Characteristics - Yellowfin bream have a silver to olive-green body with yellowish pectoral, ventral and anal fins. They are opportunistic feeders with their diet including small crabs, prawns, molluscs, pipis and small fish.

Confusing species - Black bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri) are found in NSW waters up to the Myall Lakes though are more common in Victoria and the south of the state. Yellowfin bream have a deeper body and a higher snout than black bream and have yellow ventral fins. Tarwhine have rounded, convex heads and a gold spot on each scale giving the fish a series of longitudinal bands. Tarwhine are found along the coast of New South Wales.

Wahoo

wahoo

Distribution - Wahoo is a tropical species, found from Rottnest Island in WA around the Northern Territory and Queensland, south to Montague Island in NSW. Unlike the mackerels, wahoo is a solitary species, with groups of five or more fish rarely found in the one location.

Size - Wahoo grow to a maximum length of 2.1m and a weight of approximately 67kg.

Characteristics - Wahoo are predominantly silver in colour, with 24 or more cobalt blue vertical bars on their sides. The wahoo is among the fastest fish in the sea and is often caught incidentally while fishing for other pelagic species, such as mahi-mahi (dolphin fish) and narrow-barred mackerel.

Confusing species - They are similar in appearance to spotted and narrow-barred mackerel. The vertical trailing edge of the tail is different to mackerels, which have a more pronounced fork in their tail.

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