Help me decide the most meritorious fish

Hi there. I'm in the Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club and our fishing year has come to an end. In the beach/rock fishing area, we have a trophy for the Most Meritorious Fish. I've put together a shortlist, and I'm hoping I can get fellow anglers views on what they think is the best of the bunch. Candidates are: 0.417kg Breaksea Cod 4.120kg Dhufish 2.365kg Spangled Emperor 2.260kg Harlequin 18.720kg Spanish Mackerel 12.760kg Mulloway 17.780kg Samsonfish 0.429kg King George Whiting Some good fish from the shore here, but I think my top 3 (in no order) are Dhufish, Harlequin and Spanish Mackerel. Please let me know what you think. Cheers Belly

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Alot of variables in there

Tue, 2019-10-08 10:07

Alot of variables in there but if it's from the bech/rocks for perth region then for me the Spanish Mack is a great capture - especially at 18.72kg.
1. Spanish
2. Mulloway
3. Sambo

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Pre crumbed fillets?

Tue, 2019-10-08 10:26

 Yeah no contest if the list is from mainly metro , below jurien say .

 1)  Dhu

 2) Spangly

 3) Maccy ( size wise)


 If statewide id say 

 1) 2.2kg harley ( size!) 

 2) Dhu

 3) Sambo ( size and fight) 



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So a bit more info...

Tue, 2019-10-08 10:46

We have away trips and can go anywhere so long as we get back at 4pm Sunday for the weigh-in.

Mackerel and Spangled Emperor - Steep Point
Dhufish and Harlequin - Walpole
Breaksea Cod - Albany
The rest around Wedge

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Then it is no contest in my view

Tue, 2019-10-08 12:56

Dhufish, harlequin and Sampson .....sambo third as there are lots of big sambos around that area but any dhu from the shore is an achievement  

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 Spaniard, harley and the

Tue, 2019-10-08 13:15

 Spaniard, harley and the mulloway.



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agreew with above. that is a

Wed, 2019-10-09 13:49

agreew with above. that is a beast of a harlequin.

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Wed, 2019-10-09 22:52

I guess so muh depends on the criteria.

Samsonfish are strong fighters but if no line class limitations then not particularly difficult when hooked. Also not rated as a table species.

The Dhu is clearly a highly rated table fish but not substantial in size, nevertheless a meritorious as a landbased capture.

I  personally rate Spanish Mackerel as a table fish very highly (perhaps more so than most) and given their strong short term fightiing abilities, at 18kg that is a great capture.

At close to five pound, in the old, both the Harlequin and Spangeledy are meretorious in their own right. I would however suggest that the Emperor is a much more common capture.

Mulloway are average eating, not a  great sporting species and a resonably common landbased capture. The KG is relatively small. The Blackarse is the best table fish of the candidates (IMO) but at around  a pound in weight, even from the shore, not worthy of a  meritorious award.

My ranking (for whats its worth) as follows.

1. Spanish Mackerel

2. Harlequin

3. Dhufish

4. Spangled Emperor

5. Samson fish ( size matters)

6. Blackarse


I guess its indicative of the subjective nature of this discussion that I am questioning putting KG last in a list of seven.

Godd luck with your deliberations Belly.


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 Dhu, Harley then spainyard.

Sat, 2019-10-12 09:08

 Dhu, Harley then spainyard.  No question in my books. If the mulla was the same size as Mackie then that would have made third.