View Full Version : What fish is this?

20-01-2005, 06:31 AM
Hi all,

My mate caught this down near Wooli, NSW. Can anyone let me know what it is?

Kind regards... David

20-01-2005, 06:36 AM
For some reason the photo didn't attach. Hopefully this time.
Regards... David

20-01-2005, 06:42 AM
Looks like some type of cod to me ???

20-01-2005, 06:56 AM
Heres a closer look that may help

20-01-2005, 06:57 AM
could be some sort of morong to me

20-01-2005, 10:33 AM
Possibly a Wirra?? was it caught in close to the rocks?

REcipe for cooking Wirra -

place in a pot of boiling water with a rock.

boil until rock goes soft.

eat rock!

20-01-2005, 12:04 PM
i'm with sharkbait here
looks very bootie like

20-01-2005, 12:18 PM
I wouldn't call it for a wirrah. the dots on the original are blue not brown and black.

By the way I saw wirrah for sale in the co-op the other week by some other name lol.

20-01-2005, 12:42 PM
looks like the purple cod, not your every day catch anywhere, especially not there i wouldnt think

20-01-2005, 12:44 PM
i belive they can take on the coulration of their area
that one in my pic was caught around some kelpie rocky area hence a dark coulor
the other one could of been caught over more of a gravley area hence the bluenessand then you can also have ones that have more redish orange marking that are over deep refiy areas
they are a preety fish that i'm sure has sucked alot of people into thinking they would be a good eating fish only to get a rude shoke ;D

20-01-2005, 01:31 PM
I have caught one very similar off a Cairns reef. I think Mackmauler has got it right. The Grants guide to fishes foto i have posted doesn't do the fish justice as the one I caught was very blue as is yours. Anyway check it out.

20-01-2005, 01:32 PM
This is the foto

20-01-2005, 05:49 PM
The original fish posted has a much different looking pectoral fin than the purple cod above.


20-01-2005, 06:15 PM
I'm with dicer, the blue maori is also one of the better eating fish of the sea.


20-01-2005, 07:28 PM
hey dicer you sure you are looking @ the pectoral fin? Its pointing straight up and not laying flat so is very hard to make that call M8. I still reckon its a sub species of the purple cod.
cheers baldy.