Wild Shellfish Alert - Do not eat wild shellfish from areas in and around Spring Bay and the Mercury Passage in South East Tasmania.
Most scalefish are measured from the nose to the end of the tail. Get your scalefish measuring ruler or sticker at any Service Tasmania outlet.
prettyfish, Endora's hardyhead, fanged hardyhead, greyback
Usually an iridescent silver to olive-green above and paler below with a mid-lateral stripe. They are a small, elongate, silvery schooling fish with two widely separated dorsal fins, a forked tail fin, large eyes, a tiny mouth and jaws with large canine teeth. They have an evenly spaced line of semicircular scales along the centre of the upper surface behind the head.
The catch limit applies to the bait fish group which includes anchovies, hardyheads, sprats and sardines. Be cautious as other juvenile fish with legal minimum size limits, such as flounder, are often caught with this bait species. Care must be taken not to target large schools as these fish die quickly when trapped resulting in fish being wasted.
Mainly found in shallow coastal bays and estuaries. Occurs abundantly in estuaries around seagrass beds and occasionally penetrates the lower reaches of rivers. An annual species which lives for only one year, dying shortly after spawning.
Often used by recreational fishers as bait to target other species. Taken using a bait net or cast net. They can tolerate a wide range of salinity and are often seen swimming in schools in shallow waters especially if brackish. Schools of small-mouthed hardyhead are sometimes mixed with another abundant species Leptatherina presbyroides also known as silverfish, pretty fish or Tamar hardyhead.
Will shed scales and die quickly when taken out of the water so should be chilled rapidly to prevent deterioration.
These fish can be eaten deep fried with the head on or off.
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