Queenfish

queenfishA real tropical speedster, the queenfish (or skinny as it is known locally) is an excellent fighting fish with speed, aggression and spectacular jumps.

Queenies grow to more than 15 kg but are more common up to 6 kg. They are capable of amazing speed when hooked and will often make spectacular jumps.

Other Names: Chorinemus lysan. Leatherskin, queenie, skinny.
Location: In rivers, creeks, harbours and the open sea but usually within sight of the coast. Rocky headlands are favourite spots.
Season: Year-round.
Method: Baitcaster or threadline outfits in the 4kg to 8kg range. Queenfish will take live and dead baits but lure fishing is preferred. Lures and baits which are cast or trolled quickly are most effective and the fish provide real excitement on fast popper-style surface lures. They are a great fish to target on fly.
Regulations: For up-to-date regulations, check out the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries
Eating: Fresh queenfish have firm white flesh and are not bad eating but they do not freeze well and are best eaten on the day of capture.