Hairtail are a long, eel like, silver fish that is quite mysterious.
How To Identify:
Hairtail are very easy to recognize as they are an long eel like fish with no tail fin, pointed head and snout with a large mouth full of impressive canine teeth. The dorsal fin runs the entire length of the their body. They can grow to about 2.5 meters and weight about 6 kgs.
How To Catch:
When the Hairtail appear (they seem to appear mostly in the large estuaries and bays in winter), they mostly congregate in deeper cooler waters and the most successful fishing for them seems to be at night. Best baits are small live fish, whole dead fish such as pilchards or gar or cut fish baits. You will need a wire trace and gang hooks are helpful.
Hairtail are usually taken deep off the continental shelf however sometime move into bays and large estuaries from Southern Queensland to Victoria, and a small area in the South Western part of Western Australia.