Mack ID

Thoughts on what breed of Macky this is?

I'm 98% sure it's not a Spaniard. Maybe a broadbar? 

Shot in 9m at shark bay over the weekend. There was a school of about 30 of them, which I originally thought were shark mackies so I ignored them, but then double took and thought they were Spanish so I nailed one. Measured 105cm, so not big, but no stripes like the normal spanyardas. I'll tell u what it tastes like tomorrow. 

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 Looks a bit like a school

Tue, 2020-09-29 19:25

 Looks a bit like a school mack . Not sure if t hey get that big tho


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 Broad bar I think, usually

Tue, 2020-09-29 20:43

 Broad bar I think, usually tell with their skin as I find them a bit thicker and tougher than Spanish (narrow bar)

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Broad bar

Tue, 2020-09-29 22:06

 yep broad bar or grey mackeral we call them .


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Broad bar or grey mackeral

Wed, 2020-09-30 06:15

 Awesome cut bait for monster blue line emperor. Smoke up ok but not great eating as they have soft flesh


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Good shot if that mark behind

Wed, 2020-09-30 08:57

Good shot if that mark behind the eye is the exit/entry point !

Water looks very nice.

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Wed, 2020-09-30 09:26

 spine shot, exited through the head... best of both worlds!

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Taste test

Wed, 2020-09-30 19:00

Spanish has softer flesh that firms up when cooked.
broad bar has firmer flesh when raw, and also stays firm when cooked.

almost identical taste, but the Spanish was ever so slightly sweeter, and therefore takes the win, but I will definitely take another broady.