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pigfish, have you caught one?

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Hi there, those that have caught them , what bait , hook size and rig did you catch them on ?

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on your standard paternoster, hooks were 1 or 1/0, pilchards and fresh cuttlefish for bait

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Had them on most baits. 2 hook paternoster 3/0 circles. All mine generally over 70m reef

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I've caught them with 6/0s believe it or not. But they were by catch when targeting snapper.

If I was targeting them is be using a 1/0 or 2/0 long shank as they have decent teeth.

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Generally caught over reef from 40M and above.

Bait:pilly, squid, prawn and can be caught on soft plastics.

Not much fight to them.

I use 2 hook twisted dropper 2/0 circles.

Last time I cooked one I stuffed it up. Think they have to be steamed?

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I've caught heaps of these suckers out from Yamba/Evans Head. Bring a fortune at the markets--a pro there said he gets 40$kilo for the big ones. Steaming is ok but filleting and grilling is the best--better than lobster!!! Don't pan fry--turns out very ordinary

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I've caught heaps of these suckers out from Yamba/Evans Head. Bring a fortune at the markets--a pro there said he gets 40$kilo for the big ones. Steaming is ok but filleting and grilling is the best--better than lobster!!! Don't pan fry--turns out very ordinary

thanks for the tip, if i get any i will grill them .

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I've caught heaps of these suckers out from Yamba/Evans Head. Bring a fortune at the markets--a pro there said he gets 40$kilo for the big ones. Steaming is ok but filleting and grilling is the best--better than lobster!!! Don't pan fry--turns out very ordinary

Interesting. I agree they are expensive. Have pan fried mine and wondered what all the fuss was about.

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Been catching these for for over 50 years. they are one of my favourite offshore reef fish, on par with long fin perch and just ahead of chinaman jackets. I lightly pan fry in butter and they are fantastic, but don't overcook.

bruce

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