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.
toadie, puffer fish
Toadfish have dark brown blotches on the back and are white underneath. Their body shape is moderately long and rounded, narrowing at the tail. They have no scales and a smooth, toadlike skin. They have a powerful beak with four sharp fused teeth, two each in the upper and lower jaw. The most recognisable feature of this fish is that it inflates itself when captured, either with water or air. Some toadies will emit a pungent, chemical-like odour on capture.
If you catch a toadfish, it is better to cut it off and put it back alive. Their strong beak-like teeth, which they grind on capture, will damage fishing line and a hook will need to be retied anyway.
These fish are generally solitary in Tasmania, unlike the mainland where they school in great numbers. Toadfish tend to prefer shallow sandy or muddy estuaries and are distributed all around Tasmania.
These fish are not usually targeted by recreational or commercial fishers, but are an unwanted bycatch species that take baits destined for other species. If small hooks are used, it is likely any capture of a toadie will result in gut hooking. In many cases, they will take a bait without the fisher being aware of having a bite.
There should be no reason to retain this fish at all as it is poisonous to eat.
Poisonous. Do not eat.
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