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#1 rohan

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 08:30 PM

This is the topic to post your fish queries on so that others can help identify your fish. If such a topic already exists can we bring it to the fropn and keep it active?

I saw a massive black and white fish of the rocks at mount martha the other and I am almost certain it was a giant boarfish. It would have been 70 to 80 cm long. Never seen one before now but I'm pretty certain from jazmans web site that it was indeed a giant boar fish.

Also, what are those small zebra striped fish that I see out at rye all the time? They only get to about 20 cm max, if that. Are they a type of sweep?
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Posted 10 May 2005 - 08:46 PM

I am not sure if boarfish actually get that big rohan. See the following page for more info.

http://www.dpiwe.tas...SKA-4YA35Y?open

Sweep don't have zebra stripes. However zebra fish do! Zebra fish are related to luderick.

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#3 rohan

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Posted 11 May 2005 - 08:14 AM

I am not sure if boarfish actually get that big rohan. See the following page for more info.

http://www.dpiwe.tas...SKA-4YA35Y?open

Sweep don't have zebra stripes. However zebra fish do! Zebra fish are related to luderick.

Cheers, Glen

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Nah Glen, I'm pretty sure this time - I dont know what else it could have been mate. She was a big one, but I dont reckon it had as big a snout as the one in your link. Jesus I regret missing it I tells ya. It took off that quick I never even saw it again let alone got another shot off! I didnt think it would have had that sort of speed just looking at it.
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Posted 11 May 2005 - 11:01 AM

Sounds like it could be a giant boarfish, it would be a very rare sighting though if it was, they are a deepwater fish, and only occasionally found on shallower reefs adjacent to deeper water. They are a reasonably common catch for spearfishers in New Zealand.
As for your stripey fish, I agree with Glen, they could be zebra fish, but zebras can get quite large (my book says 54cm). Maybe you've only been seeing little fellas. Could also be a banded sweep (another rare one in VIC), or a moonlighter - there is a picture of a moonlighter in Glen's photos from Mt Martha:

http://www.squidfish...glen.shtml#glen

You really need to get that ID book I was talking about in the other thread, I can't recommend it highly enough.

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#5 rohan

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Posted 11 May 2005 - 11:48 AM

yeah thanks jazman I reckon I'll order it over the internet tonight. I treckon those zebra fish are probabely moonlighters - theyre definately not rare whatever they are!

I still have my heart set on the fish I saw being a giant boar fish!

Also, I've never seen a leather jacket like the one in the photo from stony point pier.
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Posted 11 May 2005 - 12:33 PM

That's not a leatherjacket, it's a cowfish. And it's poisonous so don't eat one!
There are stacks of different species of leatherjackets in Victoria, that all look quite different. So far I've speared six-spined, horseshoe, toothbrush, mosaic, rough, yellow-striped, chinaman and black reef leatherjackets.
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Posted 12 May 2005 - 06:16 PM

Maybe an Old Wife IMO. Has anyonwe caugth Magpie Perch? I caught a dozen of these aswell as 5 Barber Perch from Queenscliff on a 5 buck charter. The magpie perch were strong fight on 6lb tackle and were quiet prolific.

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 01:05 PM

I've caught heaps of them, especially spear fishing, they are abundant around Lorne, but I don't take them any more as I prefer eating leatherjackets and sweep. I find they have a bit of a weedy taste.
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