Harlequin fish legal size?

 Came across a large Harlequin fish while diving for Crays last week, might be better to say it was following me from ledge to ledge. I was having a look at the 2014 fishing regs and I couldn't see a min size for them so do they have a min legal size?


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size

Tue, 2014-12-09 14:21

No legal size mate, just counts as a demersal.

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make of this what you will !!!

Tue, 2014-12-09 14:31
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Harlis are not stated so no

Tue, 2014-12-09 16:05

Harlis are not stated so no size limit, just a bag limit

 

Cods

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Family Serranidae (Pictured top to bottom:

Breaksea cod, estuary cod, Malabar cod)

All species including grey banded rockcod,

Rankin cod and harlequin fish

except

Chinaman cod

Estuary cod:

400 mm

Breaksea cod:

300 mm

Estuary and Malabar cod

over 1,000 mm or 30 kg

are protected (recreational fishers only

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not worth keeping regardless

Tue, 2014-12-09 17:34

not worth keeping regardless imo, tried my first harly last night crumbed and I thought it lacked taste, was dry and a bit mushy. In fairness it had been frozen since just before the ban, but that shouldn't have effected it much at all. So I don't need to know what the size limit is going forward

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You have got to be joking

Tue, 2014-12-09 17:48

You have got to be joking Ben!!!! Harlies are one of the best eating fish going!! Pure firm white flesh....a lot of southern ocean fishos rate them higher than nannygai (red bightfish) and anything else down here.

 

I say catch another and try again.........

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 haha im dead serious, I was

Tue, 2014-12-09 19:06

 haha im dead serious, I was quite upset to because I had only heard good reports and the flesh looked the goods when filleting. I might have to try it once more just to be sure. The new spot I found just before the ban in 40m is loaded with them. Caught 2 good size ones one after another and only kept the one to try. First time I had caught them, have seen a few diving.

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 im with you here Woody they

Tue, 2014-12-09 18:26

 im with you here Woody 

they are a bloody buitiful eating fish 

my uncle caught one just before the ban on my 5.95 trailcraft 

ill load a pic if i new how too?

can any one tell me how to upload a pic into a thread 

cheers

 

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 you need to use a website

Tue, 2014-12-09 18:42

 you need to use a website like photo bucket, once you create your own login, upload your picture to that site, once youve done that you have to copy the pictures IMAGE URL which is provided with each picture in the ( share links tab ), it sounds harder then it is  

 

hope that makes sense

 

also once you figure all that out you then come to this site, easiest to have 2 pages open one on photo bucket one for fishwrecked. important to add the copied url at least 2 lines down (so press enter twice) click paste a window will open then you paste the url in that window and your done, best to preview your post first to see if it works

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 lol it is harder than it

Tue, 2014-12-09 18:56

 lol it is harder than it sounds 

 

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 ok the link worked but

Tue, 2014-12-09 18:58

 ok the link worked but should show us the pic not the link, keep trying not far off but

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 Try pasting the image URL

Tue, 2014-12-09 19:29

 Try pasting the image URL between [img]_______[/img) with all square brackets (had to change the last one so it didn't try to post an image)

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great eating

Tue, 2014-12-09 21:10

thanks for the tips on loading pics here's my uncles Harlie just before the ban I've seen bigger but great eating this size

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 One we caught at Dunsborough

Wed, 2014-12-10 06:26

 

One we caught at Dunsborough in October.

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Used to catch them with a cray loop

Wed, 2014-12-10 06:54

They are that damned inquisitive it isn't difficult and hell they are superb eating

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Haha...that thread was posted

Wed, 2014-12-10 08:32

Haha...that thread was posted by me!!

This is the official reply from Fisheries...if they fine you for a 290mm fish, bring 'em to court!

Hi Eric,

 

I have confirmed that there is no legal size limit for Harlequin fish.

I will discuss this with the section that you previously called.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Rhiannon Jones

 

Fisheries Management Officer

   

* 168 St Georges Terrace, PERTH  WA  6000 

(  (08) 9482 7387

:  Rhiannon.Jones@fish.wa.gov.au  http://www.fish.wa.gov.au

 

 

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Hi Rhiannon,

 

As per our tele-conversation this morning, please confirm if there is indeed NO legal size for Harlequin fish as I find it rather confusing when another colleague of yours told me over the phone that it is 300mm.

 

Thanks

Eric

 

 

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Dear Eric,

 

Thank you for your e-mail of 4 July 2013.

 

In response to your questions, there is no minimum legal size limit for Harlequin fish, or a general 'cod' minimum legal size limit.

There are minimum size limits for specific species of cod (e.g. Breaksea cod) which are set out in the recreational fishing guide (available at http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/Fishing-and-Aquaculture/Recreational-Fishing/Recreational-Fishing-Rules/Pages/default.aspx ).

 

Kind Regards,

 

Rhiannon Jones

 

Fisheries Management Officer

   

* 168 St Georges Terrace, PERTH  WA  6000 

(  (08) 9482 7387

:  Rhiannon.Jones@fish.wa.gov.au  http://www.fish.wa.gov.au

 

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Hi Fisheries,

I would like to find out about the legal size limit for Harlequin fish. I did check the 2013 Fisheries Guide but there is not size limit stated.

Appreciate your kind clarification as I do not want to be on the other side of the law.

Thanks
Eric

 

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By the way, I rate them

Wed, 2014-12-10 08:33

By the way, I rate them higher than dhufish.

I call them poor man's Coral Trout!

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Well I guess that's all

Wed, 2014-12-10 10:17

Well I guess that's all cleared up now. I would still be nice if Harlequin Fish are given the N/A size rating in the fishing guides to avoid this confusion.