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.
Magpie perch have a white to brown body with two wide black to brown stripes across the body. Young fish have a reddish tail which darkens as the fish matures. They have an extremely hard, bony head area, no teeth and rubbery lips.
Cut the mesh in the net to release the fish in preference to pulling as this damages the gills, eyes, skin, fins and scales.
Common around reefs along the southern coast and Bass Strait down to 30 metres.
Magpie perch are rarely caught by line and normally feed on small invertebrates that are sucked off the bottom with a mouthful of sediment. However, they will take baits such as sand worms and pipis using a very small hook. Most commonly taken in gillnets set over reef areas but normally only in small amounts.
Magpie perch have extremely sharp dorsal spines which easily break off in the skin causing a great deal of pain.
Magpie perch are tasty eating and can be frozen because of their firm white flesh. The fillets are thin so be careful not to overcook them.
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