Sooty Grunter | Hephaestus fuliginosus

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Common Name: Sooty Grunter
Species Name: Hephaestus fuliginosus

The Sooty Grunter is also known as Sooties and Black Bream. The Sooty Grunter body colour varies with the location and age of the fish. It is generally dark slate grey on the upper back and flanks however some individuals maybe more blackish and other more golden bronze. The lower flanks and belly area is a lighter greyish to slivery the fins are dark grey to black however some fish have lighter pelvic and anal fins. The Sooty Grunter has a small head and a deep powerful body like many other Australian native fish. Sooty Grunter grow up to 4kg and about 50cm in length however it is most commonly caught between the 500g to 1kg Mark.
Queensland and Northern Territory.

Light Tackle

Minnows, Spinner Baits, Soft Plastics, Stump Jumpers, Fly, Plugs, Poppers and Jigs.

Freshwater Shrimp, Worms, Grubs, Insects, Freshwater Yabbies and Small Fish.

Sooty Grunter Size and Bag Limits

Please Note: Bag limits, minimum and maximum lengths are subject to change and review by your State Fisheries Department.


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