One of the best eating fish in the ocean. The Pigfish fishing season in Sydney runs all year round. The Pigfish grows to about 45 centimetres and easily identifiable due to its pinkish colour and black blotch on the dorsal fin.
Pigfish Fish Details
- Size: Up to 7 kilograms
- Length: 25 cm - 45 cm
- Food Rating: Excellent
- Territory: Offshore Reefs to a depth of 50 metres
The scientific name for the Pigfish is Bodianus unimaculatus
How to identify a Pigfish
- The female Pigfish is are pink above and creamy-white to yellow below
- The female also has 3 horizontal rows of red along the sides
- The male Pigfish is reddish in colour and cream to yellow below
- The male has a large black splash on the dorsal fin
This unique fish can change its sex during its lifecycle from female to male. The Pigfish has an elongated mouth with 4 - 6 pointy little teeth on the top row. The Pigfish feeds on Benthic Invertebrates which are organisms without a backbone that live on the bottom of a body of water. The Eastern Pigfish live to around 30 years of age. The majority of the catches are aged between 5 - 15 years of age. Depending on market prices you can expect to pay up to $40 per kilo for the Pigfish.
Where to Catch Pigfish
The best time to catch a Pigfish is all year round. This bottom-feeding fish lives around reefs and coral and can be caught to a depth of around 50 metres. There are different techniques for landing this fish. A lot of anglers say they have hooked onto the Pigfish when fishing for Snapper. Baits used include pilchards, fresh cuttlefish, squid, and prawn.
The Pigfish is excellent to eat. Some people put the Pigfish in their Top 5 all-time fish to eat. This table fish has white flesh, mild to sweet flavour and texture and is good for sashimi.
Fishing for Pigfish 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.