- The Giant Boarfish is a deep water, bottom dwelling fish commonly found in depths of 20 m to 200 m (65 – 656 ft) hunting for food. They can be found in shallower waters during the summer spawning season.
- They are a predator using their large snouts to dig and suck up invertebrates such as crabs, worms, sea cucumbers, starfish & small fish .
- Little is known on the lifespan of the Giant Boarfish, but otolith microstructure studies have estimated up to 36 years.
- Boarfish prefer muddy and sandy bottoms next to kelp and weeds, often hiding amongst the weed lines.
- Adults are commonly found in pairs whilst juvenile fish can be found in small schools.
- Boarfish are are a highly targeted fish for anglers.
- Main predators of the Giant Boarfish include sharks and larger predatory fish.
Recreational & Commercial Fishing
Giant Boarfish are a highly targeted fish for both anglers and commercial fishing. They command a high market price as they are a excellent eating fish.
Species: Paristiopterus labiosus
The Giant Boarfish are not evaluated on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) site. However, as its a fast growing species there are limited concerns of over fishing.
Fish Taste Quality
Giant Boarfish are a highly rated sports and eating fish. They have a soft white flesh popular in many types of dishes.
Taste Rating: 4/5
How to catch
Catch Difficulty: Intermediate
Tackle: Patternoster Rig
Bait: Crab, Squid, Worms
Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure
Popularity: Highly Targeted