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.
butterfly kingfish, big-scale mackerel, butterfly tuna, scaly tuna
This large and striking fish has a silvery body with blue colouring on the back. It has large scales, a large mouth and a scaleless head. It is related to the tunas which shows in the body shape and preference for oceanic water. The juveniles have very distinctive large pelvic fins longer than the length of the head hence the name butterfly mackerel.
Avoid long playing times by using heavier line. Use a
large dehooker or pliers to remove hook. Use barbless single hooks on
lures. Minimise interactions with seals and other wildlife. Don’t
dispose of fish frames around boat ramps.
Butterfly mackerel are not commonly encountered by recreational fishers due to their preference for oceanic waters, well offshore. They are sometimes hooked while fishing for tuna or broadbill swordfish taking either lures or fish baits.
If releasing, minimise the time the fish is out of the water and handle with wet hands or cloth. Don’t use a gaff.
Excellent eating with a pale creamy coloured firm flesh with few bones. The scales are imbedded into their tough skin so it is preferable to skin the fillets. Shave off the scales with a sharp knife starting in a tail to head direction rather than any other method of descaling.
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