The Banded Sweep is one of three sweep caught in Australia. Sweep are a small to medium fish that are deeply elliptical.
How To Identify:
Banded sweep as with all sweep have a deeply elliptical body. They are a dark greyish-brown with a lighter coloured belly. The head and body have vertical bars. They have a yellow tone to their lower jaw and lip. They can grow to about 2 kgs.
How To Catch:
Sweep are mostly caught when targeting other species. However when sought after with light tackle put up a good fight. They mostly like soft baits such as peeled prawns, mussels, worms, pipis, or small pieces of fish. Sweep have a small soft mouth so make sure your hook is not too large. They are a mid water fish so unweighted or under a float is the best way to fish.
Banded Sweep are found from southern New South Wales through Victoria, South Australia, northern Tasmania, across to the South West of Western Australia. Sweep are a mid water fish and prefer rocky ocean foreshores, inshore reefs, harbours, bays and estuaries.