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Just looking at the Fishing World site and they are reporting that a Newcastle angler caught a Japanese Sea Bass in the Hunter river, on fly, in the last couple of weeks. They have pictures and it's a pretty solid fish. It could have been transported in ballast water but the article states that others have been caught there and there may be a breeding population.  If so they would be a fish to target. From what I've read they pull hard and are pretty good on the plate.

And as ferals they need to go, who knows what problems they will cause for local fish species. That's if they have established a colony in the Hunter/Central Coast area.

Cheers

Rob

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Pirt stephens  tackleworld put it on facebook today sayin it was caught last night    have my doubts   some idiot put a foto of a redfin an said caught in lake mac   dubious

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To big for a Japanese Sea Perch, or it's a Record.

I believe its been I'D ed as a Mulloway. I guess it's just the angle of the photo that makes it look odd.

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Scales are too small   head shapes wrong  not mulloway  just doubtin where it was caught

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9 hours ago, rickmarlin62 said:

Scales are too small   head shapes wrong  not mulloway  just doubtin where it was caught

Plus wrong tail shape.

I wonder if its one of those fish the Buddhists' release, like the barramundi that was caught in Sydney Harbour a while back? 

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Bit of a strange one. has general shape of Mulloway, yet has protruding lower jaw like a Teraglin, as already pointed out tail is wrong for either species and 2nd dorsal fin also has a concave shape other than being flat.. Think it would come down to spine count or something similar for proper identity.

I will leave this one to the experts and will be keen to hear a final result with a name.

Frank

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pic of the fish deffo not a jew or trag

sea bass.jpg

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On 2/13/2020 at 8:03 PM, Blackfish said:

To big for a Japanese Sea Perch, or it's a Record.

Seabass not sea perch

and they catch them bigger in Japan

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On 2/14/2020 at 10:11 AM, frankS said:

Bit of a strange one. has general shape of Mulloway, yet has protruding lower jaw like a Teraglin, as already pointed out tail is wrong for either species and 2nd dorsal fin also has a concave shape other than being flat.. Think it would come down to spine count or something similar for proper identity.

I will leave this one to the experts and will be keen to hear a final result with a name.

Frank

"aliens" :D

 

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Went and had a look at some other angles of the same picture. That fish is not a Teraglin or a mulloway. Are there any fish markets nearby. It might be the same story as the Sydney Barra although the enviroment is more suited to keep these fish alive unlike Barra in Sydney so who knows.

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@xerotao I had a bit of a look at Seaperch/ Bass and they seem to be the same, Lateoladrax japonicas.

Happy to be corrected though and yes its one of them. 😀

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6 hours ago, Blackfish said:

@xerotao I had a bit of a look at Seaperch/ Bass and they seem to be the same, Lateoladrax japonicas.

Happy to be corrected though and yes its one of them. 😀

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Thanks Donna; I wasn't sure if a link to the article was allowed. I really hope that this is a hoax cause it could be the beginning of a problem. I think they would compete with jewies for food which is the last thing they need.

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Hey it's Ben Hall and I caught the Japanese Sea Bass on fly in Newcastle Harbour on the 13/02/2020.

The fish was caught on 20lb tippet. It weighed 27lbs and measured 113cms.

I have fished the Newcastle Harbour all my life and I've never heard of a Japanese Sea Bass. The Australian Museum contacted me to let me know that there were only 2 other recorded captures of Japanese Sea Bass in Australia and they were in Sydney in the 1980's.

My rare catch has put me into contact with Professor's, Researchers and fellow Anglers. 

The DPI sent a Courier to collect a fin clipping for DNA testing. The results came back confirming that it was indeed a Japanese Sea Bass. 

I am donating the carcass to the Australian Museum after I get it taxidermed (he only uses the skin). I have asked the Australian Museum to remove the Otoliths and give them to the DPI so they can age the fish.

 

Here is the email from the DPI confirming that it was a Japanese Sea Bass. 20200220_224653.thumb.jpg.ca7e812778e562c3a2565ecd5ef19f0c.jpg

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1 minute ago, Ben Hall said:

Hey it's Ben Hall and I caught the Japanese Sea Bass on fly in Newcastle Harbour on the 13/02/2020.

The fish was caught 20lb tippet. It weighed 27lbs and measured 113cms.

I have fished the Newcastle Harbour all my life and I've never heard of a Japanese Sea Bass. The Australian Museum contacted me to let me know that there were only 2 other recorded captures of Japanese Sea Bass in Australia and they were in Sydney in the 1980's.

My rare catch has put me into contact with Professor's, Researchers and fellow Anglers. 

The DPI sent a Courier to collect a fin clipping for DNA testing. The results came back confirming that it was indeed a Japanese Sea Bass. 

I am donating the carcass to the Australian Museum after I get it taxidermed (he only uses the skin). I have asked the Australian Museum to remove the Otoliths and give them to the DPI so they can age the fish.20200220_224653.thumb.jpg.ca7e812778e562c3a2565ecd5ef19f0c.jpg

Throw up a photo of you and the fish

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Thanks for the update ben   nice fish    would have had you wondering what it was when captured   in one way i hope no more are caught  being alien species but also intrigued to know if there are more

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22 hours ago, Ben Hall said:

Hey it's Ben Hall and I caught the Japanese Sea Bass on fly in Newcastle Harbour on the 13/02/2020.

The fish was caught on 20lb tippet. It weighed 27lbs and measured 113cms.

I have fished the Newcastle Harbour all my life and I've never heard of a Japanese Sea Bass. The Australian Museum contacted me to let me know that there were only 2 other recorded captures of Japanese Sea Bass in Australia and they were in Sydney in the 1980's.

My rare catch has put me into contact with Professor's, Researchers and fellow Anglers. 

The DPI sent a Courier to collect a fin clipping for DNA testing. The results came back confirming that it was indeed a Japanese Sea Bass. 

I am donating the carcass to the Australian Museum after I get it taxidermed (he only uses the skin). I have asked the Australian Museum to remove the Otoliths and give them to the DPI so they can age the fish.

 

Here is the email from the DPI confirming that it was a Japanese Sea Bass. 20200220_224653.thumb.jpg.ca7e812778e562c3a2565ecd5ef19f0c.jpg

That's awesome mate. Great that you have cleared up a lot of the debate, confusion & opinions. As others mentioned, it will be interesting if its a one off...but I guess that's highly unlikely.

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Thanks @Ben Hall for giving us the detail on this very different capture. 
Look forward to reading reports from you in the future 😀 

Hey submit that to our records section! 
 

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