Fish Photos, Fishing Info, Angling, Catching Fish, Cooking Fish

Australian Fish Photos, Seafood Photographs and Information

Custom Search


Sea-Ex is celebrating
27 YEARS of assisting Seafood, Marine & Related Companies with online marketing!

Advertise Your Company on Sea-Ex - Click Here


Directory & Info for Fishing, Angling, Fishing Tackle, Fishing Guides, Fly Fishing, Bass Fishing, Sports fishing, Game Fishing....
Info on All types of Fishing | Angling | Fishing Tackle etc.

Glossary of Fish, Seafood and Fishing Terms
Australian Fish Bag Limits and Size Regulations

Photos of Australian Seafood, Fish, Crustaceans & Cephalopods and Information on each...

Abalone, Blacklip
Albacore Tuna
Baler Shell
Barbounia, Tiny
Bass, Sea
Batfish, Silver
Bonito Tuna
Bonito, Watson's Leaping
Bream, Butter
Bream, Slate
Bug, Moreton Bay (Slipper Lobster)
Bug, Balmain
Calamari, Southern
Carp, European
Catfish, Blue
Catfish, Lesser Salmon
Cod, Bar
Cod, Blue eye
Cod, Coral Rock
Cod, Ghost
Cod, Maori
Cod, Murray
Cod, Southern Rock
Cod, Spotted
Cod, Tomato
Cod, Wirrah
Cod, Yellow Spotted
Coral Trout
Crab, Blue Swimmer
Crab, Champagne
Crab, Giant
Crab, Mud
Crab, Spanner
Dart Fish
Dolphin Fish
Dory, John
Dory, Mirror
Dory, Silver
Drummer, Southern
Eel, Longfin
Emperor, Red
Emperor, Red Throat
Flounder, Small Toothed
Flutemouth, Rough
Frost Fish
Gurnard, Red
Gurnard, Spotted
Hump Headed Maori Wrasse
Jackass Fish
Jacket, Ocean
Jacket, Sea
Jobfish, Gold Banned
Jobfish, Rosy
Kingfish, Yellowtail
Latchet Fish
Leatherjacket, Reef
Lobster Eastern Rock
Lobster Southern Rock
Long Tom
Mackeral, Jack
Mackerel, Slimey
Mahi Mahi
Mangrove Jack
Marlin, Black
Marlin, Blue
Marlin, Striped
Melon Shell
Moon Fish
Morwong, Red
Mullet - Roe
Mullet, Diamond Scale
Mullet, Red
Mullet, Sea
Mullet, Yelloweye
Mussels Black
Mussels Greenlip
Orange Roughy
Oreo, Black
Oyster, Native
Oyster, Pacific
Oyster, Sydney Rock
Parrot Fish
Parrot Fish (2)
Perch, Ocean
Perch, Saddle Tail Sea
Perch, Silver
Perch, Splendid
Perch, Stripey Sea
Pig Fish
Pineapple Fish
Prawn, Banana
Prawn, King
Prawn, Red Spot
Prawn, School
Prawn, Tiger
Queenfish, Needleskin
Rainbow Runner
Redclaw Crayfish
Ribbon Fish
Rudder Fish
Salmon, Atlantic
Salmon, Australian
Scallops, Queensland
Scallops, Tasmanian
Scorpion Fish, Raggy
Shark Black Tip
Shark, Blue
Shark Bronze Whaler (Dusky)
Shark, Bull
Sharks Fins
Shark, Gummy
Shark, Mako
Shark, School
Shark, Tiger
Shark, Whiskery Reef
Shark, White
Shrimp, Mantis
Silver Biddy
Snapper, Big Eye
Snapper, Fry Pan
Snapper, Gold Band
Snapper, King
Snapper, Red
Snapper, Red Tropical
Sole, Tongue
Squid, Arrow
Squirrel Fish
Stingray, Butterfly
Stripey Sea Perch
Surgeonfish, Sixplate Sawtail
Sweetlip, Slatey
Sweetlip, Yellow
Tilefish, Pink
Trevally, Big Eye
Trevally, Golden
Trevally, Silver
Triple Tail
Trumpeter, Striped
Tuna, Albacore
Tuna, Bigeye
Tuna, Bluefin
Tuna, Longtail
Tuna, Skipjack
Tuna, Striped
Tuna, Mackerel
Tuna, Yellowfin
Venus Tusk Fish
Whiting, Sand
Whiting, School
Yabby, Freshwater Crayfish
FULL LIST of Fish & Seafood

Beche De Mer
(Sea Cucumber - Trepang)

Black Teatfish
Brown Sandfish
Elephants Trunks fish
Prickly Redfish
Surf Redfish
White Teatfish

Sea-Ex Seafood Trade Directory
Directory of Seafood Companies by Species Imported, Exported, Wholesale, Processors & Producers

Commercial Seafood Directory
Sea-Ex Seafood, Fishing, Marine Directory
Aquaculture Directory
Seafood Trading Board
Commercial Fishing
Seafood Information by Country
Australian Fish Photos & Info
Interesting Fish Facts & Trivia
Country Directories
Thailand Business Directory
Wholesale Seafood Suppliers Australia
Wholesale Seafood Suppliers International
Retail Seafood Sales
Seafood Restaurants
Seafood Recipes
Seafood Information
Seafood Industry Resources

Garfish (Hemiramphidae) Photographs and Information

Garfish live in coastal waters, in sheltered bays and are occasionally found in estuaries.

This large family of world-wide fish species is well represented in Australia. The more common types found here include the near identical eastern and southern sea garfish (Hyporhamphus australis and H. melanochir), the river garfish (H. regularis), the robust garfish or "three-by-two" (Hemiramphus robustus) and the snub-nosed garfish (Arrhamphus sclerolepis). All of these fish are commonly called gars, gardies and beakies in Australia, while in New Zealand the common name for this fish is piper. In other parts of the world they are known as needlefish, halfbeaks and balao or "ballyhoo".

Garfish are widespread group of small, slender fish, most of which have a bottom jaw which extends into a bill or beak. Body colour varies between species; from bright, metallic silver to silvery-green or silvery-blue. Some have dark blotches, bands or bars. The belly is typically silvery white, white or pale and a red tip on the bill is common.

Their diet consists of seagrasses and algae as well as small crustaceans. Found in saltwater but they sometimes venture into brackish and freshwater.

Garfish flesh is fine grained and white and soft texture, with a delicate taste when cooked, but it is also suitable for sashimi. They have many fine bones, that can be eaten. Garfish have a low to medium fat content and flavour is sweet to mild. They are usually sold whole or as fillets with skin on. When sold whole it is important to remove the gut as tainting from seagrass can occur.

Garfish are a popular target for recreational anglers. Garfish also make good bait, especially for Jewfish (Mulloway) when used live. They are often attracted to a light when fishing for them at night. They are generally surface feeders, swimming in schools and can be caught with a floating bait.

Garfish, photo of garfish

wpe11.jpg (3871 bytes)

garfish.jpg (2206 bytes)

Habitat:  Saltwater, estuarine and freshwater

Caught in rivers, bays and estuaries, and on occasions along the coast

Longtoms (family Belonidae), which are sold regularly, are similar in shape to garfishes (family Hemiramphidae) but instead of an extended lower jaw have both jaws extended into a bill  

Scientific Name Hemiramphidae Family
Location VIC, TAS, SA, WA, NT, QLD, NSW
Season All year round
Size To 51 cm
Australian Species Code 37 234001
Taste, Texture Sweet to mild taste, fine to medium texture.


Nutritional Information
For every 100 grams raw product
for Garfish fillet.

Kilojoules -
Cholesterol 32 mg
Sodium -
Total fat (oil) 0.7 g
Saturated fat 37% of total fat
Monounsaturated fat 18% of total fat
Polyunsaturated fat 45% of total fat
Omega-3, EPA 22 mg
Omega-3, DHA 109 mg
Omega-6, AA 22 mg

Angling for Garfish:

Garfish are a popular target for recreational anglers. Garfish also make good bait, especially for Jewfish (Mulloway) when used live. They are often attracted to a light when fishing for them at night. They are generally surface feeders, swimming in schools and can be caught with a floating bait. Fishing Techniques: Garfish are mainly taken on float-suspended baits of bread, dough, "pudding" mix, fish strips, prawn pieces, marine worm, cut squid strips or maggots. Hooks should be small (No. 14 to No. 6) and long-shanked. Garfish also respond well to a berley mix of pollard, crushed wheat or bread crumbs, especially if a little fish oil is added.


Cooking Garfish:

Garfish are small and rather tasty. They can be filleted to produce attractive boned-out, butterfly fillets, which are exceptional for delicate dishes.

For best effect, cook garfish whole and deep fried. Larger species can be filleted, coated in batter and fried or grilled on a very hot plate, with the skin on and lightly dusted with seasoned flour.

Commercial Fishing for Garfish:

Garfish are an important commercial fishery for South Australia, Victoria and, to a lesser degree, Tasmania. The are fished using haul nets, ring nets, dab nets and small mesh purse seines. Wild caught. Recovery rate: Fillets: 47% from whole garfish (gut in). Buyers and sellers of garfish.






1996 - 2024 Sea-Ex Australia Sea-Ex Seafood Fishing Home Page
Any problems regarding this page, please contact webmaster [at]

Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Cookie Policy