fish id please

 I caught this fish out wide today and not sure what it was. We were in 300m of  water and it did not have any baratrauma. It swam away rather quickly upon release. Could someone please tell me what fish it is/was.

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Mon, 2015-01-19 18:33

good old Fishwreckapedia mate



Knifejaw - Oplegnathus woodwardi
Mon, 2011-11-21 00:48


Knifejaw are silver bodied with five dark vertical bands, the first running through the eye and the last through the caudal peduncle.  There is a dark circular spot on the dorsal and anal fins.  They can be recognised by their fused teeth which form a parrot-like beak. The pectoral, dorsal and tail fins are pale yellow. 

Juveniles lack the dark circular blotches on the dorsal and anal fin. 

Knifejaw grow to 48cms. 

They are considered average eating. 

Knifejaw are found from Quobba in Western Australia, south around to the central coast of New South Wales. 


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 Thanks matt. I did have a

Mon, 2015-01-19 18:39

 Thanks matt. I did have a look through but the fish I caught just looked a little different so I didn't connect the two. I started getting square eyes from looking at the computer for too long.