The Northern Dart is tough fighting fish for its size and popular amongst anglers
How To Identify:
Dart have a deep profile much like a trevally and quite thin. With small silver scales they are a very clean silver fish. They have a greenish / blue tinge on the upper part of their body and dorsal area with deeply forked tails. Usually caught under the kilo mark then can grow as large as 2.5 kgs. The Northern Dart is different from the Southern Dart in that the spots on the Northern Dart are smaller, and limited to 1-4 whereas the Southern Dart has between 5-7 dark blotches which are more smuggled in appearance.
How To Catch:
Being further north, northern dart are more frequently found in coral lagoons, estuary mouths and close inshore. They will take baits such as small pieces of fish or worms however is a good school is found and the angler approaches with caution, they can be caught on flies or small soft plastics and prove a lot of fun.
The Northern Dart starts where the Southern Dart finishes (about Gladstone in Queensland) and follows around the top of Australia to Exmouth where again the Southern Dart takes over