Jackass Morwong are a smaller species of the Morwong Family
How To Identify:
Jackass Morwong are a smaller member of the Morwong family and colouration is a light silvery-grey with a saddle type band between the head and first dorsal fin. This band is a dark purple to almost black in colour. Jackass Morwong grow to about 2 kgs but normally caught in the 0.5 to 1.2 kgs
How To Catch:
Jackass 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
Jackass Morwong are found in Australia from Southern New South Wales, though South Australia, Tasmania and into Southern Western Australia. They tend to hang around deeper offshore reefs and rocky gravely areas. Found throughout New Zealand.