Blue Morwong (known just as much as the Silver Morwong) is a popular deepwater reef fish of Southern Australia.
How To Identify:
Blue Morwong are similar in appearance to the Jackass Morwong however lack the band across the back of the head of the Jackass. Blue Morwong are silvery in colour and can have a light brown or tan tinge in the upper half of the body. Mouth is quite small for its size and lips are thickish and rubbery. Blue Morwong can grow as large as 6kgs but normally caught to about 2.5kgs.
How To Catch:
Blue Morwong (one of the three deep water species - Jackass, Blue and Southern Blue) are not fussy eaters and once a school of Morwongs is found it is not hard to catch a bag limit. These deeper water morwong have traditionally been taken with hand lines however any reef fishing outfit will work. The best bait is probably prawns but they will also take fish flesh bait or squid
In Australia Blue Morwong are found from South New South Wales, right through Victoria, Tasmania and most of South Australia. They tend to hang around deeper offshore reefs and broken rocky areas, similar to where Jackass Morwong are found but sometimes in shallower water than the jackass. In New Zealand Porae are found right around the North Island