Longsnout Flounder

flounder longsnout
© Tasmanian Government. Image Peter Gouldthorpe
Season: Open all year

bag limit15


possession limit30


boat limit-

Limits apply to flounder species combined.

Guide to symbols

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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

sole, long-nosed flounder

Scientific name

Ammotretis rostratus

Grows to

Up to

30cm and 0.6kg

Identifying features

​The longsnout flounder has a flat, oval shaped body with fine dark spots on the upper surface and white on the underside. Their colour varies from light brown to grey to blend in with the sea bottom they are living on. The snout is hook-like and extends over the mouth to the right hand side jaw. The scales are very small.


Commonly found in shallow coastal estuaries and bays on sand or muddy type bottom right around Tasmania from 0-80 metres depth.

Fishing information

Most recreational fishers in Tasmania use flounder spears and lights at night in larger estuaries and shallow graded beaches. Caught on still nights on the incoming tide when flounder come into shallow water to feed on small invertebrates such as sand worms and nipper prawns. They are rarely caught on lines.


A popular eating fish, flounder are excellent eating with finely textured, firm white flesh and a low oil content. Suitable to pan fry, bake, barbeque, grill or poach.


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Contact us

Recreational Fishing

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

Hobart TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647

Email: fishing.enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au

Commercial Fisheries

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

Email: commercial.fisheries@nre.tas.gov.au

Commercial Fisheries Licensing

Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

Email: fishing.licensing@nre.tas.gov.au