Known as Bluefish in the USA and Tailor in Australia. Tailor are a popular fish caught mostly from beaches in Australia, the annual run of Tailor up the east coast is eagerly await each year by beach and rock fisherman.
How To Identify:
Tailor (Bluefish) has an elongated body shape with relatively large mouth, full of small very sharp teeth. Tailor can be a dark blue green on the back, silver on the flanks through to a silver-white belly. Commonly caught upto the 2kg range, occasionally caught to 7kgs, however can grow as large as 14kgs.
How To Catch:
Traditionally fished for from beaches or rocky headlands with ganged hooks and whole baitfish such as pilchards or garfish. Use a light weight for distance in casting and to weight the bait below the surface. They can also be caught on strip baits or live baits. They will also readily take lures such as metal slugs, minnows and even surface poppers. Because of their sharp teeth most fisherman will use a light wire trace, however it only needs to be very short and in the case of ganged hooks or larger lures not really necessary as they will not normally swallow the bait whole.
International Bluefish, as they are commonly known, are found worldwide in temperate to tropical waters. They are found down the east side of the USA and South America, the southern part of Africa and up into the Mediterranean and along the souther part of Australia. Smaller fish can be found in tidal rivers and estuaries where as the larger fish prefer rocky headlands and beaches with large gutters.
Australia In Australia they are found from Fraser Island in Queensland south to Tasmania. Infrequently along the southern part of Australia, however found again in the south eastern part of Western Australia.