Releasing Mulloway opinions

 Just curious as to thoughts on releasing big Mulloway. A 16kg model was caught up our way last night and kept but I was of the thinking it's better to let them go?  Not sure of the story of the condition at time of capture regarding a healthy release. Are they any good to eat at this size? 


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I’ve eaten some huge Mulloway

Sun, 2019-04-28 10:09

I’ve eaten some huge Mulloway from up north and rate them well  





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 i thought they were meant to

Sun, 2019-04-28 10:11

 i thought they were meant to be fine to eat as they get to the bigger sizes . Ive never caught a big one though freinds have. 


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small ones are called soapies

Sun, 2019-04-28 10:54

Small ones are called soapies for a reason but I recon even the bigger ones aren't much good to eat .

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 Boat or landbased?. Have

Sun, 2019-04-28 14:09

 Boat or landbased?. Have released afew from shore but made sure they were in good condition. Different story from boat. Been cases of fish caught and released in river and found washed up later.

Not a fan of there eating quality,  but plenty out there that rate it. 


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 Yeah off the beach Holth.

Sun, 2019-04-28 18:04

 Yeah off the beach Holth.


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Sun, 2019-04-28 15:01

They do release well, but in saying that, I wouldn’t just turf it back into the surf. Remember getting a pigeon pair one Saturday afternoon off the wharf in Freo, both went 48lbs. American navy boats were in and hundreds of people were lining up to visit them some 20 meters behind us.


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Nothing wrong with eating mully

Sun, 2019-04-28 15:30

Very firm big flakes ( not a fishy fish) . Just have no blood on fillets. They do realease very well

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Like all fish released you do have to take care

Sun, 2019-04-28 19:26

When releasing all fish you need to take some care if you wish the fish to have the best chance of serviving. If you are planning to release the fish don’t hang it up by the jaws, support it with a hand under the belly and get it back into the water ASAP. 

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 A knife to the throat and

Sun, 2019-04-28 20:10

 A knife to the throat and release to swim in the slurry

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 you forgot about the body

Sun, 2019-04-28 20:20

 you forgot about the body piercing just behind the eye. 



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 I do pierce most of my

Sun, 2019-04-28 21:15

 I do pierce most of my patients yes

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 They eat well, though I do

Mon, 2019-04-29 07:55

 They eat well, though I do like to release them if i can. When i get a big one solo I try get a picture before release, they are quite difficult to handle while doing a selfie. Then trying to swim them in the surf to be sure of healthy release is another issue. If I am with someone else much easier as you can swim the fish while the other person gets a camera. 

The little ones I get the picture with much less handling and they swim off strongly. 

from a boat they get bad baratrauma. 



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Mon, 2019-04-29 08:04

A good video was conducted by NT Fisheries some years ago with Finger mark ( I know we are talking mulloway but this is relevant ). I have found both these species do not release well in depths over 10 metres.
I am aware you are talking a beach caught southern version, which i have had nothing to do with ! But a fish that gives its all during a fight can be difficult to revive. At least you guys can wade into the water and swim your fish, crocs can be an issue for us northern folk.

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2 Different species

Mon, 2019-04-29 14:43

Northern mulloway or Black jewfish (Protonibea diacanthus) taste awesome and the big ones don't release that well,

Mulloway or River kingfish (Argyrosomus hololepitotus) don't taste as well but survival rate on release is better.

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Mon, 2019-04-29 15:45

 As stated, they do not release well in waters over 10 metres deep, okay send them down with a release weight and head off only to see them pop up a hundred metres away.

Best is to spike them and into the slurry