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.
spotted trevally, spotted warehou, trevally, mackerel trevalla, skipjack trevally
Silvery-blue to grey across the back with a white-silver belly. The head is a darker grey-brown with a dark blotch above the pectoral fin. Young fish have a series of dark spots along the lateral line.
Silver warehou, when schooling, can potentially be caught in quite large numbers so only take enough fish for your immediate needs. Warehou are soft fish, with soft mouths so try using barbless ‘J’ style hooks so the hook will lodge in the top jaw when the fish bites. It can then be easily released using a dehooker. Use wet hands or towel if handling these delicate fish and return to the water as quickly as possible if releasing.
Silver warehou form schools in offshore waters from 3-650 metres, occasionally entering larger estuaries as juveniles all around Tasmania.
Can be taken recreationally by rod and line fishers in large numbers off wharves and jetties along Bass Strait in seasonally abundant years. Caught using fish flesh or raw chicken baits fished with light sinker or no sinker just below the sight line of the fisher. Berley will help attract these fish and keep them in the fishing area. When first hooked they turn on their sides and fight strongly, so using a long soft action rod will assist with capture. Also caught in the south east of Tasmania in the summer and autumn months.
Silver warehou have a set of small sharp first dorsal spines, which can easily break off into skin.
These fish are have flaky, white flesh with a good flavour. They are best cooked fresh, as the flesh will go soft relatively quickly after capture. Fillets may go off white quickly when exposed to air, sometimes within a couple of hours. They are versatile fish to cook and can be baked whole, or fillets grilled and pan fried or done deep fried in batter.
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