Bluebone

BlueboneAlways a welcome catch when fishing inshore reef areas, the Bluebone is a colourful, hard-fighting and fabulous-eating fish.

Other Names: Choerodon schoenleinii, blackspot tuskfish.
Location: Reef and rocky areas, rubble bottom.
Season: Year-round.
Method: Overhead or spin reels spooled with 15-24 kg braid. Soft plastic jigs worked over the shallow coral or rocky reefs is a great way to target these tasty reef dwellers. Expect a hard contest as bluebone are not keen about leaving their reef hideouts. Bluebone can also be targeted with fresh baits. Maximum size 15kg but 3-6kg fish are most commonly caught.
Regulations: For up-to-date regulations, check out the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries website.
Eating: Highly prized for their excellent eating qualities with firm, white flaky flesh.