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.
cod, hoka, red codling
This cod is grey to brown along the back with reddish pink below with a white underside. The fins have dark margins. It is similar in appearance to the bearded rock cod Pseudophycis barbata except the bearded rock cod does not grow as large and prefers more reefy areas.
These are a large cod and on occasions can form loose schools. Historically they were targeted by recreational fishers however this is no longer the case. The look of the fish, and the feel of the slime on the skin can be off-putting for many fishers.
Prefers sandy areas from 5-400 metres.
Red cod are most often caught at night around wharves, jetties and rock walls that front sand areas.
They have a large mouth with small fine teeth that are not capable of breaking skin but can cause abrasions.
These fish are excellent eating with firm white flesh with a delicate flavour.
Clean and scale the cod and remove the head at time of capture. Place the cod on absorbent paper in a dish in the fridge overnight. Next day with a sharp knife remove the fillets, skin and debone. The flesh will have become firm and you can feel any bones very easily. Cut the meat into around 3cm pieces and coat with thin batter. Deep fry taking care not to overcook.
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