Name this fish? Caught in mandurah estuary

 Hi all


Was catching some yellowfin whiting in the mandurah estuary today and caught this fish which I haven't come across before.  Can someone please tell me it's name?? 

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I think you will find

Mon, 2015-11-02 19:48

 it is called a gurnard


from previous reports they have a reasonably nasty spine you gotta watch out for on thei back, but apparently are reasonably good on the dinner plate as well






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 +1 for gurnard

Mon, 2015-11-02 19:52

 +1 for gurnard


Fish! HARD!

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Red Gurnard

Mon, 2015-11-02 19:56

Proper name is red gurnard or red butterfly gurnard as some call them

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 I didnt keep it but yeah

Mon, 2015-11-02 20:02

 I didnt keep it but yeah thanks people, I have seen other gunards  before but not this type and only out in the ocean not within an estuary. It had the most amazing blue colours on its fins 

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Strange territory to catch one

Mon, 2015-11-02 20:07

That's very strange territory to catch one of these things nasty spikes on them that's for sure.

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 Fishing shallow ish sand

Mon, 2015-11-02 20:14

 Fishing shallow ish sand bottom in the dawesville area is where it was caught. Smashed the blood worm 

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Butterfly Gurnard

Mon, 2015-11-02 23:09

Butterfly Gurnard - Lepidotrigla vanessa


Butterfly Gurnard are often confused with Sharp Beaked Gurnard and Red Gurnard.  The identifying differences are the colours and shape of the pectoral fins and the two distinctive spines on the snout of the Sharp Beaked Gurnard.  The three lower rays of the pectoral fins are thickened and free from the rest of the fin, and used for walking over the bottom probing for food.

Butterfly Gurnard have a large bony head and a bony rostrum on the snout with a very small median notch with tiny spines.  They are sandy with reddish bands and blotches and often turn red on capture.  The greenish pectoral fins are round with bright blue spots and margins, and a roundish black blotch with a bright blue margin and scattered blue spots inside. 

Butterfly Gurnard have been measured at 41cms in length. 

They are considered good eating and need to be skinned but are most often too small to be worth the effort.  They are valued for aquariums. 

Butterfly Gurnard are found from Rottnest Island Western Australia, south around to northern Victoria, offshore in sand and silt habitats, usually in depths of 20 - 100 metres.

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 Awesome thanks for that bod.

Tue, 2015-11-03 07:33

 Awesome thanks for that bod. Great explanation. Mine was caught in about 2m of water! 1.5m of water :)