- Mirror Dory are generally thought to be solitary or in small groups, schooling during spawning season. They can be found in most Australian coastal and offshore waters.
- They are slightly smaller version of their cousin the John Dory.
- Mirror Dory are carnivores, feeding on smaller fish, crustaceans & molluscs.
- Estimated lifespan is around 12 years with the fish maturing at 5 years of age.
- The main predators of Dory include sharks, larger predatory fish & marine mammals.
Commercial & Recreational Fishing
Mirror Dory are a popular sports fish known for their great taste. They are mostly caught from boats as they are a deeper water fish. Mirror Dory are a commercially target fish during the winter when they spawn as they are a excellent eating fish.
Species: Zenopsis nebulosa
Mirror Dory have not been evaluated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
However, as its a fast growing species there are limited concerns of over fishing.
Fish Taste Quality
Mirror Dory are a great table fish. Often served whole or in fillets.
Taste Rating: 4/5
How to catch
Catch Difficulty: Intermediate
Tackle: Patternoster Rig
Bait: Fresh cut flesh baits, Herring, Lures, Pilchards, Squid, Live minnow
Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure