Grey Morwong

Morwong

Morwong (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Grey Morwong [Nemadactylus douglasii]

Alternative Name/s

Blue Morwong, Butterfish, Douglas Morwong, Eastern Blue Morwong, Great Perch, Lubra-lip, Mowie, Porae, Rubberlip Morwong, Rubberlip Perch, Silver Morwong

Distribution:

Grey or Rubberlip morwong inhabit the continental shelf waters from Moreton Bay in the north to central Victoria and can be found as far south as Tasmania. These fish are commonly caught on or near reefs in water depths of 10 to 100m.

Size:

Adult fish may attain a total length of approximately 80cm and a total weight of 4kg.

Characteristics:

Morwong are characterised by an extended middle section of the pectoral fin. Grey or rubberlip morwong tend to be a pale, silvery blue with the occasional hint of brown or green.

These fish have much larger, thicker lips than the similar Jackass morwong.

These fish are characterised by a extended middle section of the pectoral fin.

The Blue Morwong is a reef dweller and is a very wary fish. It will inspect a bait thoroughly before striking. This is why the hooks have to be completely covered with bait, but ensure that the point is not snagged with a hard piece of flesh.

This fish has a small hard mouth and likes to suck at a bait.

Confusing Species:

Jackass Morwong are a similar species but are distinguished by a black ‘collar’ or band that runs from the start of the gill cover to the dorsal fin.

Angling Methods:

Morwong will take a variety of baits and are even known to take suitable Soft Plastics.

Baits: Squid, Fish baits, Prawns, Poddy Mullet.

Lures:

  • Lucanus Jigs,
  • Squidgies,
  • Damiki Air Claw,

Be sure to use suitable sized SPs to ensure that it is able to reach the sea floor.

Methods:

Bait:

Paternosta rigs are a good choice for this species as they tend to inhabitit the reef areas so by using the paternosta system you can modify it by adding a lighter extention to the bottom of the rig to secure the weight to. This way if the line becomes snagged on reef, the lighter line will break and ensure that you still do not lose your whole rig.

Soft Plastics:

When using SPs it is important to attempt to ‘match the hatch; by selecting SPs that resemble the natural bait fish of the location. These SPs can be fished in the same manner as is applied when fishing for Bream, Snapper etc.

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