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.
Bastard trumpeter are silver-grey in colour with irregular, golden brown longitudinal lines on the upper body. The fins are brownish or grey and adults have a dark margin on the tail fin.
As this fish lives in schools, be careful not to exceed possession limits if using a gillnet. Regularly check your net and release fish carefully.
Bastard trumpeter regions map
You can move between regions, including with fish in your possession that were caught in the other region. However, you must follow the bag limit for the region you catch the fish in and you cannot exceed the boat limit for the region you are in (while fishing or transiting). You must also abide by the statewide bastard trumpeter possession limit (10). Example: If you catch your regional bag limit of 5 bastard trumpeter in the Western Region, you can travel back past Whale Head to land your catch at Southport in the Eastern Region. However, you must not have more than 10 bastard trumpeter on board when you enter the Eastern Region as that would exceed that region’s boat limit.
You can fish for bastard trumpeter in more than one region in one day but you must not take more than the daily bag limit in each region. A possession limit of 10 fish in total still applies.
Small bastard trumpeter or ‘paperfish’ as they are known, form schools over shallow rocky reef areas while larger specimens are found mainly as solitary fish in deeper waters up to 160 metres.
Bastard trumpeter are only occasionally caught on rod and line using baits such as sandworms, prawns or scallop. They are most commonly caught in gillnets and frequently seen around the Tasmanian coast by divers. These fish are highly regarded in most areas of Tasmania for their good eating qualities and because of their appealing colouration.
These fish can have sharp dorsal spines.
Trumpeter have a high oil content, excellent flavour and fine textured, moist flesh. The dark flesh becomes lighter when cooked but does not keep well. Use as fillets or whole. Suitable to bake, barbecue, grill, smoke or shallow fry.
Recipe: Japanese Barbecued Trumpeter with Ginger:
2 small trumpeter, whole with head on; salt; lemon juice or soy sauce; grated fresh ginger.
Rub fish inside and out with salt and allow to stand for 30 minutes. Thread barbecue skewers through each fish from mouth to tail, baste with lemon juice or soy sauce and barbecue or grill for about 7 minutes on each side until cooked. Serve with lemon juice or soy sauce and grated ginger.
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