Wild Shellfish Alert - Do not eat wild shellfish from areas in and around Spring Bay and the Mercury Passage in South East Tasmania.
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.
Pink ling has an eel-like body with brown to pink colouring along the flanks and dark brownish blotches on the body interspersed with white. They have a barbel with twin prongs under the chin.
Use circle and barbless hooks to minimise hook damage to fish. Pink ling may suffer barotrauma when the swim bladder of the hooked fish expands if brought up from deep water. To avoid barotrauma, bring the fish slowly to the surface. Use a release weight to return it to the sea floor if you are not retaining it. Only vent the swim bladder if you’re experienced in carrying out this procedure correctly.
Pink ling are found in deep water on the continental shelf up to 1000 metres. Young fish are found in shallower waters.
Pink ling are taken by recreational fishers using droplines and rod and line, usually in deep water and often around the west coast of Tasmania.
Ling have large mouths with strong powerful jaws and teeth which can cause a serious bite.
Ling has low oil content with a mild, delicate flavour. They can be used fresh, frozen or smoked. Good fried and baked. Ling produce large white tasty fillets with few bones, ideal for cooking in frypan or poached.
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