Looks like Phil is giving the big Spanish Mackerels a bit of a hiding
Looks like Phil is giving the big Spanish Mackerels a bit of a hiding. This one is a boomer. 1.580 meters and 48 lbs or 21.8 KG.
Now that is a big fish. Great catch Phil.
Other names: Mackerel, macko, narrow-bar, narrow-barred Spanish mackerel, snook, spaniard.
Family: Scombridae (mackerels).
Description:Available wild-caught, it is a marine fish found in open waters and near reefs and islands around most of Australia except the southern coast from Esperance (WA) to Geelong (Victoria). It’s the most popular commercial Mackerel in Australia and is mostly caught off Queensland, the NT and WA, with some from northern NSW. It looks similar to Grey Mackerel, especially when young, due to the dark vertical bars along the sides.
Season:Available year round with peaks from September to October.
Size and Weight:The largest Mackerel, commonly 2-15kg and 55-125cm, but can grow to 50kg and at least 200cm.
Relations: Mackerels (Blue, Frigate, Grey, School, Shark, Spotted), Bonito, Tunas.
To Buy:Sold mainly as cutlets and steaks. In cutlets and steaks look for bright off-white, firm, lustrous, moist flesh without any dark brown markings or oozing water and with a pleasant fresh sea smell.
To Store: Make sure whole fish is scaled, gutted and cleaned thoroughly. Wrap whole fish, fillets and cutlets in plastic wrap or place in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 2 days (it is best eaten as fresh as possible) or freeze for up to 3 months below -18ºC.
To Cook: Average yield is 40%. Has a strong, distinctly ‘fishy’ flavour, medium to very high oiliness and medium-dry, firm flesh. The thin skin can be eaten, but it’s usually sold skinned and has few bones, which are easily removed. Score thick fillets at the thickest part of the flesh to allow even heat penetration.
Cooking Methods: Pan-fry, bake, grill, barbecue, smoke, pickle.
Goes well with: Strong flavours, bay, basil, citrus, curry, garlic, mustard, onion, oregano, pepper, red wine, tomatoes, vinegar.
Alternatives: Other Mackerels, Bonito, Striped Marlin, Swordfish, Tunas.
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Postal Address: Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park, PO Box 61 Karumba Queensland 4891
Tel: (07) 4745 9277
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