Its reputation as an unruly dinner guest is largely undeserved. Its strong personality can be tempered with care and creativity. This dark fleshed fish is a good source of omega3 oil and it is characterised by deep ocean flavours, ideal for modern preparation techniques with a punchy taste.
Typically found on exposed surf beaches, key producing regions include the West Coast, Lower Spencer and Gulf St Vincent.
Another species which exhibits biannual availability, with production building over Summer and Winter months. Key months include a peak in May – July with March – April and September – October the lowest. Production can fluctuate due to its large migratory patterns from WA to SA.