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Went down the Hastings today , beautiful morning. Had to work hard fo a feed but caught 2 bream and a flattie. But. What Bream did I catch? One is a standard Yellowfin. But what is the other? All caught on lures. Flathead on a cranka crab thrown around Mullet schools. Yellowfin Bream in deep water on a vibliciois. The other up a creek on a 3 inch nemisis. Regards. Howard




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Not a expert either but I think they are both yellowfin, you can still just see the yellow on the fins, maybe it has been in a more muddier area then the other one, would be interested to know what species it ends up being at the end though.



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Both look like Yellowfin Bream. The darker one has spent some time up river living in the darker muddy areas, and will adopt the darker colour.

Those that spend a lot of time over shallow sand or beaches are much lighter and silvery in colour.

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I had thought that, it was quite lean compared to the other one. It had a much narrower, slender body, different dawsal fin toward the back, and a much larger eye. Its tail also looks different, no real folk.

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Thanks Tackleberry. The mystery fish's head was very pointed compared to a yellowfin. And the back section of the dorsal fin was exactly the same as your Black Bream. In real life they looked very different. Its head was elongated. Sort of like an emperor

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Not a Javalin....totally different fish.

BUT..... I do know there have been many hybrid bream found on the south coast of NSW and even as far north as Sydney.

There is evidence that black bream and Yellow Fin have cross bred and I do believe the 2 fish in the pic above show a greater difference than simply living in fresher or muddier water.

Its quite true that fish often change their colour and general look ( sometimes significantly ) when they live upstream or in a different water condition than their normal coastal environment.

This is especially true for fish that travel upstream and spend a good amount of time away from the ocean. EG. Barra, Bream, mullet, flathead, Jew and even Crabs.

If your posting fish for ID check...... try and extend the dorsal fin and tail because the information to positively ID most fish is in the fin/spike/ray count.

happy fishing


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