- Highfin Veilfins can be found along the northern and western coastlines of Australia, from Western Australia, the Northern Territory to Queensland.
- Their bodies are generally silver or grey, and they can exhibit a brilliant sheen when light reflects off their scales. They have a tall dorsal fin, from which they get their name “Highfin”.
- Highfin Veilfins are omnivorous, feeding on both planktonic organisms and small crustaceans.
- They are often found in small schools, especially during their juvenile stage.
- Predators of the Highfin include larger fish and marine predators such as sharks.
- The Highfin Veilfin tends to spawn during the warmer months, with breeding generally peaking in the late spring to early summer.
- They lay eggs which attach to rocky surfaces or seabed plants. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae will drift with the currents for a while before settling down.
- Their estimated average lifespan is between 6 – 8 years.
Recreational Fishing, Snorkeling & Diving
Highfin Veilfins are not a primary target for recreational fishing but are often caught when targeting other species. They are a by-catch and often released. For snorkelers and divers, they can be a treat to observe due to their tall dorsal fin and shimmering appearance. They aren’t overly skittish, but a slow and non-threatening approach is recommended for best viewing.
Species: Velifer Hypselopterus
The Highfin Veilfin does not have a specific conservation status in Australia, but like all marine species, they benefit from marine protected areas and sustainable fishing practices.
How to catch
Catch Difficulty: Easy
Tackle: Running Sinker Rig
Bait: Prawns, Shellfish, Squid, Worms
Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure
Popularity: Not targeted - Bycatch
- Snorkeling & Scuba
Location: Inner Reef, Outer Reef, Lagoon