Before World War II, most nannygai caught by trawlers operating off New South Wales were sorted because of their low market price. After the war, landings of steam trawlers increased and peaked in 1949 at 2500 tons, mainly due to declining catches of ball tigers. Nannygai`s catch declined as steam trawlers left the fishery and catches were mainly caught by Danish seiners in the 1950s and 1960s. The techniques identical to those used for Red Emperor, the heavy equipment/handlines/sturdy rod and standard dropper platform work best and once the fish have been hooked, the school can be kept in the area. Nannygai | Redfish live in the waters of southeastern Australia and are abundant off the coast of New South Wales. No matter what type of nanny you curl up, she`s sure to make a decent meal. These fish have a white and firm flesh with a lot of natural flavor. A good rule of thumb when cooking nannygai is: « less is more »: a simple recipe is enough. It is customary to fry the fillets, either by breading or by beer dough. In fact, I`ve seen these fish follow their hook-shaped siblings up to fifteen feet from the boat, and as long as you keep catching, the excited vibes will prompt the school to stay until the bag or self-imposition limit is easily reached. Lighter caught in the coldest months and at night in deep water, 30 fathoms, these fish fight up to the boat.
In broad daylight, only very experienced fishermen know their places and largely try to keep their location secret. The advent of quality sonars and GPS technology proving that nothing is sacred anymore. Several fish in Australia are named Nannygai. Some of the most common anglers caught here are largemouth, small mouth and eastern nannygai. It takes a trained eye to recognize the differences between these species, which are all ground-dwelling red bycatch. For visiting anglers, the nannygai puzzle is made even more confusing by the fact that most species are simply called « red snapper » or « redfish », making it easy to mix them with other red-bottomed fish that sometimes also have these names (such as Red Emperor). No matter what type of nannygai you find at the end of your line – or whatever the captain calls it – you can expect good food! In addition to counting scales, fish can be identified by the shape and size of the mouth, as their common name suggests. Large mouths are considered the better food of the two and will reach a larger size, fish weighing up to 30 lbs (13.6 kg) are common. The small mouth can reach a weight of 22 lbs (10 kg) and both fish can be pulled from the same school.
Good bait for nannygai| Rockfish is an octopus, pieces of fish and shrimp. Use 1/0 to 3/0 hooks and heavy sinkers like Nannygai| Rockfish is usually found near the bottom. Spawning occurs in late summer and fall. Nannygai grow relatively slowly, ripen at the age of about 4 years and are 20-25 cm long. They reach a maximum size of 38 cm fork length for females aged 16 years and 33 cm for males aged 11 years. Nannygai would reach a total length of 50 cm in New Zealand waters. It is common to catch nannygai randomly when fishing reef for other species, but some anglers intentionally target large mouths and small mouths. Medium-weight spinning equipment is usually sufficient, combined with 15-35 kg of test braid or nylon cord.
Eastern Nannygai are particularly spicy, so be careful when handling these little guys (gloves are recommended)! Premium eat fish, deal with quality not quantity in mind. Size and bag restrictions apply. Largemouth and Smallmouth Nannygai inhabit the waters around northern Australia, from Queensland and the Northern Territory to Western Australia. Both species are abundant around the Great Barrier Reef. Anglers often catch them when fishing for the Red Emperor, coral trout, and other bright goldfish that a beginner could easily mistake for a nannygai! SIZE: whole 0.4-2 kg, net 80-150 g DISTINGUISHING FEATURES: dorsal fin with seven spines and 11-12 soft rays. Edge of the eyes usually colored red. Caudal fin without black or reddish ends. The large nostrils almost touch. The base of the dorsal fin is longer than the base of the fin, and the fin has four spines and 11-12 soft rays.
COMPARE: Unique among redfish with seven spines in the dorsal fin.