Gemfish is a bottom-feeding fish that are found to depths of 800 metres. Gemfish is also known as Hake and is a good eating fish. Gemfish grows fast and has a lifespan of around 10 years.
- Size: Up to 40 kilograms
- Length: Up to 1.35 metres
- Food Rating: Good
- Territory: Offshore to 800 metres
The scientific name for the Femfish is Rexea solandri.
How to identify a Gemfish
- Iridescent blue above. This becomes darker when caught.
- Silver body below
- Elongated compressed body
- The mouth is large are recedes back to under the eyes
- Gemfish has two dorsal fins and two separate finlets.
- Large front fang-like teeth and smaller teeth at the back
Where to Catch Gemfish
The typical habitat of Gemfish is in deep water in and around ledges and canyons. They swim in schools to a depth of up to 800 metres and in Australia can be found from 100 - 500 metres in depth. When fishing for Gemfish we suggest whole mullet or squid as bait as they will stay on the hook on their descent to the ocean sea-floor. The use of iridescent sticks helps as they illuminate the dark deep water surroundings and attract the fish. The main predators of the Gemfish are larger fish, sharks, eels and seals. The Gemfish is good to eat. The best time to catch Gemfish is in the winter fishing months.
Deep Sea Fishing for Gemfish in Sydney
On all our fishing and deep-sea fishing charters in Sydney, all you need to bring are the right clothes depending on the weather conditions. We will supply everything else including bait, fishing rods and reels and fishing licence. At the end of our fishing trip, you get to keep what you catch. We have 3 purpose build fishing vessels that have all the facilities and amenities you require.