Are you planning to go saltwater fishing in Australia? Australia is one of the top fishing destinations for anglers be it Queensland, New South Wales or Victoria, you name it. Located between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, many species of fish live in the diverse ecosystem here.
There are tons of good fishing charters in Brisbane that are ready to bring you to this haven of fishing everyday. Before you book a charter to experience the Australian seas, learn about the fish species that live in the region so that you can further understand which fish you can expect to see.
Amberjack is a species that can be found in the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. They live in warmer water and can grow up to 190 centimeters long. They may look similar to Kingfish and Samson fish but Amberjack are more torpedo-shaped and have a lower head.
You can find Australian Salmon from Tweed Heads to Port Phillip Bay in Victoria as well as in Tasmania. Australian Salmon can weigh up to 6 kilograms and grow to 90 centimeters in length.
Australian Salmon usually silver bellies and are a greyish green, blue or yellowish colour at the top. They have black spots all over their bodies. They normally live in large schools but younger salmon can be found around coastal bays.
Mahi Mahi or Dolphinfish will come to Australian waters with the warm currents in the summer. You can find them off shore or around floating objects i.e. buoys, or rafts.
Mahi Mahi can grow very big; up to 200 centimeters. They are varied in colour being silver white or yellow green with blue spots. You can separate them from other fish by their narrow bodies, long dorsal fins (almost the same size as their overall length) and low set eyes. Normally, males will have larger heads than females.
Longtail Tuna are also called Bluefin Tuna. This species can be found in the southern waters of the Eastern Australian coast in the summer. They can also be found in northern waters such as around CockBurn Sound.
Their maximum size can be up to 1.5 metres and they can weigh up to 32 kilograms but their regular size is less than 15 kilograms. You can distinguish the dark blue to black Longtail Tuna from other types of tuna by their fins, bodies and spots. They have short pectoral fins, slender bodies and colorless spots at the belly and around the pectoral and anal fins.
Black Marlin can be found in the tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. They can also be found in South Australia during the summer. Marlin can live at almost any depth of the ocean but they prefer to stay not too far offshore. They can grow to the giant size of 5 metres and weigh up to 700 kilograms. Male Marlins are usually smaller than females.
Black Marlin are extraordinary as they have elongated bills. They have dorsal, hard pectoral fins and paired kneels on both sides of their tails. You can distinguish them from Blue Marlin by their bodies as black marlin do not have blotches and stripes along them.