Red Cod

Cod red
© Tasmanian Government. Image Peter Gouldthorpe
Season: Open all year

bag limit15


possession limit30


boat limit-

Limits apply to cod species combined.

Guide to symbols

bagBag Limit
housePossession Limit
boatBoat Limit

Minimum size


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.

Other names

cod, hoka, red codling

Scientific name

Pseudophycis bachus

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Identifying features

​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.


Prefers sandy areas from 5-400 metres.

Fishing information

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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Contact us

Recreational Fishing

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

Hobart TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647


Commercial Fisheries

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550


Commercial Fisheries Licensing

Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550