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Nature Calendar - April

FISH

With the waters typically a little cooler during April, fish likely be biting include Narrow Barred Mackerel (Spanish Mackerel), Black Kingfish (Cobia), Giant Trevally, Queenfish, and the occasional juvenile Black Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna.

The Spanish Barred Mackerel are a vibrant blue to dark grey in colour on their backs and flacks which then fades to a silvery blue on their belly. They also have vertical lines down their sides, and are regarded as the largest Mackerel in Australia.

Black Kingfish can grow up to 2 metres in length and weigh up to 68kgs. This fish species typically features a long body, and a broad, flattened head with small eyes and a slight overbite. They are dark brown in colour leading down onto a white belly with two dark horizontal bands on the flanks.

The Giant Trevally can reach lengths of 1.7m, and weighs up to 80kg. The Trevally is a silver-grey fish with a darker head and upper body.

The body of the Queenfish is elongated, with the head being slightly compressed into the body. It is a slight bluish colour which turns silvery under its fins leading into a light yellow. The Queenfish can grow up to half-a-metre long and can be distinguished from other fish by its large mouth.

The Juvenile Black Marlin reaches weights of up to 750kgs (1700lbs) and is one of the fastest fish on earth. They feature a long pointy beak like mouth and are dark grey/black in colour with a silver underbelly.

The Yellowfin Tuna, being one of the largest tuna species on earth, is not hard to spot as it can weigh up to 136kgs (300lbs). The Yellowfin Tuna got its name from its bright yellow dorsal, fins and tail.
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