Fox Fish

Posted by Tony Moore 
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Hello all looking for some help in regards to a fish identification. Unfortunately I don't have a photo of it but it looked like a Wrasse but alot bigger. Pink in colour with white blotch or stripe. It was a good 35cm fish and pretty thick. I have been told that it could be a western fox fish but I have been looking for photos of the species but can't find any. I released the fish but am curious to what it was. Any help? For the day however I did catch a species that I am familiar with which was a nice 5 plus kilo Pinkie

Here is a photo of a so called fox fish that I found on the internet but the one that my missus caught was alot pinker and had white blotches on its side with a fair set of teeth. Does this help

Tony the photo looks more like a king wrasse
Foxies are the colour you describe but with pronounced peg teeth
like a small red and white groper really (red topsides white belly)
they are great on the chew
I caught one last Sunday.about 1.5kg
Yeah I don't think that photo is the same either but it was the closest I could find. It had same sort of slime that the groper get and was a thick fish, I reckon the one we caught was about that size 2 Dean. I have been told that they are a very slow growing fish. It almost looked tasty but if im unsure they go back, really kicking myself now that I didn't take a photo.
Tony if you got a better or bigger picture of it ill look it up in my grant`s fishes of australia book & also a better discription if posssible.

Wish I did Danny I will do the same tonight. I have been over the east for the last couple of days and the picture in my head is a little vague. It did have the pronounced teeth as Dean mentioned. Similiar shape to a wrasse but heaps bigger and thicker. Won't make the same mistake twice next time picture will be taken.
this is a foxfish

Sure is. Here's what Rudie Kuiter has to say about it (Bodianus frenchii).

"This primarily south-western species expatriates through Bass Strait; sightings of juveniles in southern NSW not uncommon. Oceanic reefs in 10-40 metres, usually in caves. Attains 45 cm."

I've never seen an adult in any marketplace, but a quite similar species, the Yellowfin Pigfish (Bodianus flavipinnis) is a very expensive fish at the Sydney fish market as are most of the pigfishes. They have pearly white flesh of superb flavour and texture. The Asian buyers keep prices out of my league.
Thats the one Matt. Many thanks. Haven't seen one before and the thing that put me off was the amount of slime on the scales, thought it might be a bony fish like the wrasse. I have read that they are good table quality. Certainly are a good looking fish deserved to go back for a swim. Don't think the next one will be so lucky. Thanks again for the research I had a look at some of the books that I have but didn't find it.
Fox Fish are very common around reefs, I see them all the time diving.
Don't be put off by the slime, it comes off when you cook them.[grinning smiley][grinning smiley]
Very tasty.
The dots on their body are very yellow underwater, however when brought onto the boat fades quickly to a pale pinky white.
The pic is an underwater shot and the dots are very pronounced
As Michael said, foxies cook up well if you don't mind the slime. But they are a very long lived and slow growing species (they live in excess of 50 years). Good idea to release them.
Yes haven't started diving here yet just got the rest of the gear that I needed. I was planing to dive on some of the new spots that I have found to check out the ground to what my C80 says it is. I reckon they would look great under water. I did read that they were a very slow growing fish so if they were in condition to back then they probly will. Its only my partner and me who eat fish in the house so 1 or 2 fish is all we keep and if there like the pinkie in the above picture then that will do for the week.[grinning smiley]
Tony , just a little more info like were ? ( roughtly ) & also how ? ( boat , beach ect ect ) wil help .

with some of the work that Murdock is doing, these little buggers are around one year of age for every centimeter.