Blue-spotted Goatfish

Goatfish bluespotted
© Tasmanian Government. Image Peter Gouldthorpe
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

red mullet, goatfish, blue striped mullet

Scientific name

Upeneichthys vlamingii

Grows to

Up to

35cm and 1.5kg

Identifying features

​A very attractive fish with colouring that can change from pale cream to a deep red and varies with age, sex, day or night, and stimulation. Commonly a pinky-orange colour with yellow along flanks brilliant blue spots but at night they are more deep red in colour. Blue and gold lines on the face, yellow lines and blue spots along the sides of the body. Two barbels on the chin.


Known to prefer temperate waters and form small schools over shallow sandy and seagrass coastal waters from 2-40m.

Fishing information

Blue-spotted goatfish are caught whilst fishing for mullet and whiting in Bass Strait and shallow east coast waters. They are taken by rod and line using rigs similar to whiting and also in gillnets. A paternoster rig with small hooks and baits such as bluebait, squid or fish flesh can be used. Divers may see goatfish using their barbels in the soft sand and mud to locate sandworms and other invertebrates.


Blue-spotted goatfish are good eating when fresh, but their flesh tends to go soft when frozen. Their bright colour is favoured in some Asian cultures and their flesh suited to that style of cooking. Nice char-grilled, as whole fish, barbequed or pan-fried skinless fillets.


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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