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.
silver whiting, sand whiting
Southern school whiting have a long body with slight tapering at the head. The tail is markedly forked. Colour is yellowish brown with a number of orange-brown spots on the body. A silvery stripe can be seen along the flanks. Tail, pectoral and dorsal fins are brown, other fins are yellow or white.
Release into the water using a dehooker or pliers to remove the hook. Easy to catch in large numbers so only take enough fish for your immediate needs.
Young whiting are generally found inshore on sandy bottoms and in estuaries. They move into deeper water as they grow and form large spawning schools seasonally. Found in depths from 10-50 metres.
Most commonly caught on a hook and line when using small hooks baited with pieces of fish, prawn or squid. Marine worms are also considered good bait. A good fighting fish on light gear.
Handle carefully as they can lose scales easily.
An excellent eating fish, though many Tasmanian fishers consider them rather small for the plate. Whiting has low oil content, a delicate flavour and white flesh which flakes easily. Use as fillets or whole fish. Suitable to bake, barbecue, grill, foil bake or shallow fry.
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