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  Great Barrier Reef - Fish Species
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Happy moments Happy moments grow to 35cm. Their bodies are olive brown with a network of fine bluish-white lines and scattered black spots. There may be a dark smudge-spot behind the gill cover and a white bar at the base of the tail. Spines along the dorsal fin and procumbent spine (a spine lying flat along the head, immediately in front of the dorsal fin) have venom glands that may inflict painful wounds.
Yellowfin bream Yellowfin bream is one of Queensland's most popular estuarine angling species. These fish vary in colour from bright silver to greyish green, but usually have yellow pelvic and anal fins (along the belly of the fish). Yellow fin bream may grow to 45cm (4kg). A black spot at the base of their pectoral fins distinguishes them from the pikey bream and tarwhine.
Barramundi cod Barramundi cod grow to 70cm (5kg) and are recognized by their profile and distinctive colouration. The creamy-grey tips, head, body and fins are uniformly covered by well-spaced, dark brown to black dots. Reef fish.
Black-tipped cod Black-tipped cod or footballer cod, grow to about 40cm (1.2kg) and are dull red with brighter red vertical bars along their sides. The tips of their spiny dorsal fins are usually tipped with jet black. Found on the reef. 
Coral Cod Coral Cod. [Round-tailed Cod] not to be confused with Coral trout. Growing to about 50cm, either light or dark red with an abundance of blue spots. Found in abundance on the reef. Confusion between this fish and the coral trout is common. An easy way to distinguish between the two is the shape of the tail. Coral Trout have a wedge shape tail
Estuary Cod
Estuary Cod. [Goldspot Cod, Orange spotted cod]. These fish can grow to an almighty 230kg and up to 220cm long. (Try one of these on a hand line!) Widespread along the Queensland coastline.
 Bullrout Bullrout are stout with strong mottles. Their colours blend almost chameleon like with the background surrounds. Growing to around 35cm, most common at 15 - 20 cm. Handle with extreme care as the dorsal, anal and pelvic spines are filled with venom and can inflict painful injuries. 


Freshwater Catfish. (eel tailed catfish) Most fish around 2kg. Can be as large as 7kg (if your lucky) Scaleless fish. Watch for the sharp spines on the dorsal and pectoral fins, they can inflict a nasty injury. Not a fish for all tastes. But a least it's edible. 
 Golden Perch Golden Perch. (yellow belly). Large fish commonly around 5kg. Can grow to 23kg.One of the most popular fish stocked in artificial impounds in Queensland. Excellent eating. Their natural habitat is turbid, warmer slow-moving streams. More commonly found further south. 
 Silver Perch Silver Perch. (black bream). known to grow to more than 7kg. Most common at .75 to 1.5kg and 35 - 40cm in length. Another fish more commonly found further south.
Barramundi Barramundi (giant perch) All time favourite fish to catch and eat. On every anglers wish list to catch a big one and show it off. Found in freshwater lagoons, tidal waters and estuaries. These fish change sex as they get older!! starting life as a male and changing to female as they get larger. there is a MAXIMUM size limit on barramundi of 120cm.
 Sooty Grunter. Sooty Grunter. (black bream). A fish that can grow to 4kg. Most commonly caught at 0.4kg They are good eating when small at below 2kg. Larger fish are not considered good eating and should be released.