Shark bay dhufish

 How does everyone go in shark bay are there a few dhufish around? Been stopping past the karrinyup seafood shop lately and they have had a fair amount of shark bay dhu? Am I thinking too much into this? Can a pro boat off-load in shark bay and say they were caught locally? It bloody sucks walking in and seeing this thinking we can't go out and catch them ourselves.

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Marketing spin

Tue, 2023-09-19 23:20

I have been told by a mate that they once caught Dhufish off Shark Bay.....once and he's been literally many dozens of times.

I have been there around 12 times and never seen one, although we have caught quite a few Pearl Perch.

The pic looks like Dhufish rather than Pearl Perch but it is hard to say.


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Wed, 2023-09-20 07:23

 Fu#k me.

Never caught a Dhuey out of SB, Pearl Perch are good on the chew.

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 I've speared a dhue at the

Wed, 2023-09-20 09:19

 I've speared a dhue at the northern end of Berliner Island off carnarvon though I think this is just marketing. Once saw farmed sashimi grade Exmouth  yellowtail king was $76 a kilo to.

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Wed, 2023-09-20 10:18

 Got one about 6kg off Koks Island a few years back and all the neigh sayers said that it was a pearly , yet after spending many years pro fishing catching both dhufish and northern species one knows the difference.


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I have heard of a few caught

Wed, 2023-09-20 13:35

I have heard of a few caught out of there but thinking the boat was more likely fishing a fair way south and just unloaded there .


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 That was my conclusion as

Wed, 2023-09-20 15:15

 That was my conclusion as well Russ.

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 Yep correct, it says source

Wed, 2023-09-20 15:33

 Yep correct, it says source not caught from Shark Bay. 


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Wed, 2023-09-20 19:50

Where does it say 'not' caught from from Shark Bay Andy? 



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 I was looking at the first

Thu, 2023-09-21 06:16

 I was looking at the first label Alan, point is the labels can be misleading. Even the rear label "wild caught from Shark Bay) can mean anything. Boat head's out from there but fishes 200 miles south, who knows. 


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NO !

Wed, 2023-09-20 18:33

 zoom in on dhu fish and it says wild caught shark bay , im thinking wouldnt be too hard to get to the facts if fisheries took an interest in this 

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 Mate that could mean

Wed, 2023-09-20 19:01

 Mate that could mean anything, like Russ said could be caught miles south and landed at SharkBay.


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Thu, 2023-09-21 07:39

 I have gone thru the southern chanel between Dirk Hartog and the main land and caught them seaward of the cliffs both north and south of the chanel.Never actualy in the bay, but because we land them on the main land we tend to say we caught themat Shark Bay. Hope this clarifies the situation.

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seems may need to go to university

Thu, 2023-09-21 13:08

 so as to interpret what the sign actually says , under normal circumstances this would not be an issue but because of the ban it has implications and it does not help if a shop is selling  dhuis in perth labelled caught in shark bay ... does not say landed in shark bay!

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 Seems like there is a shit

Thu, 2023-09-21 17:32

 Seems like there is a shit load of grey area here. Do the pro's have to record where they take there catch from? I'm not talking waypoints more the areas within a few K's of where they were caught? 

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Thu, 2023-09-21 18:45

 They all have tracking on their boats, they must notify Fisheries when they leave or come back from a trip by phone.

Not exactly sure where the southern boundary is for the ones fishing north of Kalbarri but I know it is south of Steep Point but not how far.

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 During our annual pilgrimage

Fri, 2023-09-22 10:29

 During our annual pilgrimage to Steep Point we once caught 3 Dhus up to 15kg up against the cliffs just south of the entrance. We could hardly believe that they were this far up but the proof was in the pudding. Never seen or caught any in that location since.

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 Ive caught Dhufish out of

Thu, 2023-09-28 10:03

 Ive caught Dhufish out of SB. Around 16 kg , black as and quite smelly when it was cleaned. 


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Thu, 2023-09-28 10:37

 If in doubt the best way to find out is when you clean them. Pearl perch have a black lining in their gut cavity while Dhufish don't.

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 rex hunt got one on there

Tue, 2023-10-03 19:30

 rex hunt got one on there show fishing in a boat around dirk about 65cms was a dhui had the long fin on the dorcal