Bluethroat Wrasse

bluethroated wrasse male
© Tasmanian Government. Image Peter Gouldthorpe
Season: Open all year

bag limit5


possession limit10


boat limit-

Limits apply to wrasse species combined.

Guide to symbols

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boatBoat Limit

Minimum size


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.

Stock status


Other names

parrot fish, kelpie, bluehead, winter bream

Scientific name

Notolabrus tetricus

Grows to

Up to

50cm and 4kg.

Identifying features

​Blue throat wrasse females are orange brown with a broad dark saddle across the back. The males have the distinctive blue throat and bull head. This fish changes sex from female to male and in doing so, their colouration and general appearance becomes distinctly different. This results in many anglers assuming they are different species. Click to see illustrations of both sexes here.


Wrasse are commonly found wherever reefs are present all around the Tasmanian coast where they will aggressively compete with other fish species for territory and food. This behaviour makes them prone to easy capture by fishing from rocks, wharves and boats.

Fishing information

Wrasse will take a variety of fish flesh baits, squid and even lures when fishing with rod and line. A good fighting fish, they have strong teeth which can weaken light fishing line to the point of breaking, therefore fishers may wish to use traces of heavier gauge leader material. A characteristic of wrasse is that when hooked, they will dive in between rock crevices or weed in an effort to evade capture.


Handle with care as wrasse can bite and they have sharp dorsal spines that can easily be damaged.


The flesh of this fish is white and reasonable eating, providing moisture is not lost during the cooking process.


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Contact us

Recreational Fishing

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

Hobart TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647


Commercial Fisheries

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550


Commercial Fisheries Licensing

Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550