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Southern Drummer (Kyphoaua gibsoni) Photographs and Information



Southern Drummer are large, deep-bodied, weed eating fish.  They are dark on top, lighter beneath and they have  dull golden bands which run along the sides.

They feed largely on algae and are usually found in deep water close to rocky headlands and reefs where there is a wash and ample supplies of seaweed and cunje.

Southern Drummer are highly rated sportsfish due to their outstanding fighting abilities.  They will take a variety of baits, including weed, prawns, crayfish, cunje, shellfish and crabs.

Baits of cunjevoi flesh, cut crab, bread, abalone gut, peeled prawn-tail and squid or cuttlefish are most successful, particularly when used with a berley of soaked bread or bran and chopped green weed or "cabbage". The drummer will often take weed baits used by luderick (blackfish) anglers, but the light tackle used for these fish is often not strong enough to land larger drummer. Most drummers are taken from the shore, but there are some small-boat specialists who enjoy considerable success by anchoring close to rock ledges, inshore bomboras, reefs or islands. Since the drummer is a very strong fighter and will dive for the seabed or make a run for a cave, double-strength hooks and lines from 6 to 15 kg breaking-strain are mandatory.

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Scientific Name Kyphoaua gibsoni
Location Northern half of Australia
Season All year round
Size To 58 cm
Australian Species Code -
Taste, Texture Average, better if bled immediately on capture.

 

Nutritional Information
For every 100 grams raw product
for Southern Drummer fillet.

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Angling for Southern Drummer:

Southern Drummer are highly rated sportsfish due to their outstanding fighting abilities.  They will take a variety of baits, including weed, prawns, crayfish, cunje, shellfish and crabs.

Saltwater Fish - What bait to use for fishing - a list of saltwater baits with the main "diners" who will be tempted.


Cooking Southern Drummer:

Drummer are very tasty, particularly if cleaned, skinned and filleted soon after being caught. Smaller fish from 0.8 to 3 kg are generally better for the table than very large specimens

Microwave Cooking Times for Fish
- Fish fillets 5 minutes per 500g on medium-high, +50 seconds more for thicker fillets, or until flesh flakes
- Whole fish - Large 6 minutes/750g on medium
- Whole fish Small 3-4 minutes on medium

Easy Fish Recipes - From How To Cook Fish


Commercial Fishing for Southern Drummer:


 


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