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Species Spiels: Blackfish (Girella tricuspidata), by Nick Martin

Blackfish (Girella tricuspidata), by Nick Martin

Common names: Luderick, Darkie, Pacific Bream, Parore, Rock Perch

Identifying features: Blackfish can be recognised by having evenly arched dorsal and ventral profiles, small mouth and eye and a large tail. They have numerous dark vertical strips and in terms of colour can vary from a bronzed-grey with purple hue to a dull gun-metal grey.

Size: Blackfish can grow up to about 50cm and weigh over a kilo however they grow fairly slowly with a mature 5 year old fish being only 27cm in length.

Lifecycle: Spawning is thought to occur in surf zones near estuary entrances, typically during the winter. The larvae will then enter the estuaries and live in sheltered shallow water habitats whilst the larger juvenile fish will occur in the deeper water. The mature adults may re-enter the estuarine waters after spawning.

Diet: Blackfish are primarily herbivorous feeding on certain species of macroalgae. The type of algae they eat will be determined by the locality where you are fishing. In Sydney they eat cabbage weed, brown and green string weed. Correspondingly the blackfish congregate anywhere there is algae and floating weed so you will find them around rocky coastal shorelines, jetties, boat ramps, marinas and river break walls.
Interestingly at times they will also take nippers, beach worms and cunjevoi.

Distribution: Luderick occur from southern Queensland through to central south Australia, including northern Tasmania. They are also found in New Zealand.
Eating Qualities: I think Blackfish make a solid table fish. I would suggest crumbing Blackfish and shallow frying in some butter and serving with a fresh green salad and an ice cold coopers pale ale.

Fishing techniques: Blackfish are generally caught using long (3-5m) soft rods with centre-pin or spin reels filled with either monofilament or braided line. The "weed" is placed on a 6-10 sized hook suspended underneath a float. This bait is then drifted into wash zones if you are rock fishing or rocky foreshores and weed beds if estuary fishing.
Berley is often used to attract blackfish and is simply a mixture of sand and weed.
As the blackfish takes the weed the float will simultaneously sink. At this point the angler is to strike to hook the fish.

Stuart Reid's 50lb Pending World Record PNG Black Bass

Pending World Record Black Bass

Papuan Black Bass are renowned the world over as the toughest pound for pound freshwater fish in the world, and the place to find the biggest Black Bass is PNG's Gulf province. The current all tackle world record Black Bass of 46lbs, and the fish pictured (caught on 19/6/14, by Stuart Reid, Fishabout) which is the pending world record at 50lbs, were both caught from these rivers.

Once you feel the strike you know that no freshwater fish can come close to the power. Watching 100kg guys get knocked over on the strike, reels give way, rods break in half and 130LB pound braid snap from the pound for pound strongest fighting fresh water fish is a sight to behold. If would like to experience the thrill of targeting PNG Black Bass and Barramundi in remote areas with very low fishing pressure contact us now. *2017-18 spots selling now* ... read more

Kadavu Island - Great Astrolabe Reef

Fiji Macky

The pristine Fiji Islands are home to the South Pacific's finest sport and game fish, including massive GT's, monster dogtooth tuna, yellowfin tuna, dolphin fish, wahoo, spanish mackerel, black marlin, blue marlin and plenty of reef fish. Many of these species are endemic to the Great Astrolabe Reef (one of the largest barrier reefs in the world), which is the reef that encompasses Kadavu Island, Fiji.Fishabout now offer 6 and 8 day fishing packages to explore this marine wonder of the world, which include 3 and 5 days fishing respectively. For more information call us on (02)8922 2651 or click here

Endyalgout Remote Fishing Camp

Sunset at Endyalgout

Fishabout is pleased to now offer remote fishing trips to Endyalgout Island, one of the best fishing locations in Australia. (Nestled on the south east of the Coburg Penninsula).

Situated on a shell grit beach under shady trees, are several permanent tropical friendly safari style tents, raised on wooden platforms.

Looking out past the resident Crocodile you can see miles and miles of enticing mangroves, barely touched creeks, rivers, rock bars and channels, all calling your name.

From monster Baramundi up to 130cm, to big Black Jewfish, Threadfin Salmon, various Trevallies, and some of the biggest Golden Snaper to be found anywhere, Endyalgout Island is truly a dream to fish.

Pricing ranges from $4350 (4 days, 3 anglers per boat) to $6910 (7 days, 2 anglers per boat)

For more information please call us on (02) 8922 2651 or click here