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.
stripey, Tasmanian trumpeter
Striped trumpeter are an elongate, flat-bodied, white to pale greenish-yellow fish with three longitudinal stripes along the upper half of their body. They have a pointed snout and their fins are bright yellow.
If using a set line, use fewer hooks to avoid catching more than the possession limit. Consider releasing striped trumpeter under 60 cm which is the average size at which they start spawning.
Closed season 1 September - 31 October inclusive each year. See the Fishing Seasons page.
Striped trumpeter must be landed whole with head and tail attached, or as fillets with the frames.
This species has an extended larval phase of around nine months before settling on inshore reef whilst adult fish mainly inhabit deep offshore waters up to 300 metres.
Striped trumpeter are primarily targeted around the eastern and southern coasts of Tasmania. Young fish are targeted by recreational fishers on inshore reefs and larger fish are mainly caught on rough bottom in deep water. Line fishers favour baits such as fish and squid, however striped trumpeter will occasionally take a lure or fly. They are carnivorous and feed on crustaceans, fish, squid and octopus.
Striped trumpeter have a series of sharp dorsal spines.
A prized eating fish that is highly regarded amongst Tasmanian recreational fishers. Trumpeter have a high oil content, excellent flavour and fine textured, moist flesh. Use as fillets or whole. Suitable to bake, barbecue, grill, smoke or shallow fry.
Recipe: Pan Seared Striped Trumpeter:
4x 200g pieces of striped trumpeter.
Pre-heat oven to 200. Season trumpeter with sea salt & cracked pepper. Heat pan, drizzled with virgin olive oil. When hot, seal fish on all sides, place on oven tray ready to bake. Bake for around 10-12 minutes until fish is firm.
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