🇳🇿 this leather jacket went for a softbait by Mark Totzke
this leather jacket went for a softbait


2 years ago by itsaboat
They are very good eating :) Often called butter fish in the fish markets.
2 years ago by dazzling79
I know they are very tasty. I couldn't recognise it with the jacket on^^. They normally look different in fishmongers.
2 years ago by PDS
Yes they are normally sold skinned.
2 years ago by Mark Totzke
next time I'll make sure and keep one to try it out :-)
2 years ago by fish21
In New Zealand they are called cream fish(leather jacket) , butter fish are entirely different here and are the most speared fish in New Zealand, Butterfish or Greenbone (they have green bones) are a good eating fish as well as the cream fish(leather jacket)
2 years ago by dazzling79
Thanks for the good information. We haven't caught anything like that in NZ. Are they deep water fish(Green bone ones)?
2 years ago by fish21
no not deep water as they are often speared .They are found only around the New Zealand coast, and are widespread, feeding on kelp beds over shallow rocky outcrops. They are rarely found at depths greater than 15 metres. Butterfish are more abundant south of East Cape, especially around Cook Strait.Butterfish are prized for their very clean, delicate flavour, translucent flesh and ability to flake well. This fish is also wonderfully tender and moist when cooked, hence the 'butteriness' they are attributed with.
2 years ago by itsaboat
Butterfish, is a local name given to a particular fish at a particular location. Interesting, I always just thought leatherjacket was sometimes called butterfish. But it turns out that butterfish could mean any fish. In Tas and NSW leatherjacket (trigger fish) is also known as butterfish. But in SA mulloway (dew fish) is known as butterfish. Apparently, Vic has been known to call just about any fish butterfish based solely on what fish the markets have at the time. Apparently, this NZ butterfish is a kind of kelpfish or more correctly, a cales or weed whiting (known in Aust as a rock whiting).

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