An oldie ya might pick up in second hand bookshops is Fish and Fisheries of Australia by Roughley (1951). Not current (ie "shark attacks in SA, WA and Vic are extremely rare") but a bit of a history I guess, especially when it comes to fish names used by old salts.
More. Grants is pretty good containing pictures and descriptions of around 900 fish as well as the eating qualities. It doesnt mention size or bag limits but these are constantly changing anyway. The book is expensive but I have owned mine for 15 years and I refer to it constantly.
Hey Barry, I usually come accross quite a number of good books at booksotres that then to reduce the price of books, I guess a permanant book sale..........one I picked up for about $6 is called "successful fishing in Australia" it published by AFN and written by Geoff Wilson.
i have had a copy of "The Australian Fisherman's Companion" for years now. it is very useful for identifying fish by their tail type, it also decribes eating quality, fishing technique, habitat and growth. it is small and covers a wide range of fish, i have never caught a fish and not found it in this book. i highly recommend it to anyone.
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