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.
mirror dory, red dory
A large eyed, silvery-pink fish with a protrusible mouth and silver colour on flanks, fins and lips with a reddish tinge. The body is very compressed and the eyes relatively large. At night, the colour changes to include brown blotches around body and head.
This is a small delicate fish that does not survive rough or prolonged handling. Use a circle hook if using live bait and remove barbs from lure fishing.
Found mainly in deep waters around Tasmania and the Great Australian Bight from 20-350 metres but generally at 250 metres.
Not commonly caught by recreational fishers in Tasmania because of the depth it is found in and its dietary preference for live, whole feed. Believed to take small lures and live bait.
Silver dory have sharp ventral and dorsal spines
The flesh is good quality, cream in colour and firm. Fillet size is small in comparison to fish size. Low oil content and moist flesh with few bones. Suitable to bake, shallow fry, grill, poach and steam.
Recipe: Grilled Dory:
2 whole dory; 4 tbsp butter; lemon juice; salt and pepper; chopped parsley.
Brush fish with butter, season with salt and pepper. Place fish on foil lined grill pan and cook under preheated grill for approximately 5 minutes on each side, basting frequently with butter and lemon juice. Serve immediately, sprinkled with parsley.
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