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Season: Open all year

bag limit5


possession limit10


boat limit-

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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

freshwater flathead, sandy, tupong, sand trout, sanding, sandy whiting, congolly

Scientific name

Pseudaphritis urvillii

Grows to

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Identifying features

​​With their long cylindrical body, congolli can look similar to a flathead with marbled dark brown and light brown patches. Two black bars extend from the head to behind the eye which is yellowish around a black pupil. The mouth is large and the underside coloured clear to silvery.  Recent research shows that congolli share a common ancestor with a number of Antarctic fish including the toothfish and icefish species.​


If fishing above seaward limits then an Inland Fisheries licence may be required.


Found in brackish estuaries and bays over sand and seagrass and in the lower parts of freshwater creeks that run into the sea in water depths between 0-5 metres. Spawning occurs in the marine section of an estuary.

Fishing information

Mainly used for live bait in the pursuit of catching large sea run trout. They will take a small bait on occasions. Congolli often bury themselves in sand or mud waiting to prey on small fish and invertebrates.


These fish are small and delicate so use wet hands or towel to release. Empty bait nets in the water to release fish in excess of the bag limit.


Fishwatch Report illegal fishing

0427 655 557

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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 3, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550