The Silver Sweep is one of three sweep caught in Australia. Sweep are a small to medium fish that are deeply elliptical.
How To Identify:
Silver Sweep as with all sweep have a deeply elliptical body, but different from the other sweep in that lower lobe of the dorsal fin and a sharper vee to the forked tail. They also lack the yellow tone to the lower jaw and lip of the other two sweeps. They can grow to about 0.9 kgs (2lbs).
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.
Silver Sweep are found more on inshore and offshore reefs than other sweeps. Silver sweep are found from the southern part of Queensland, through New South Wales, Victoria, and into Tasmania.