I encountered my first Bluefish while diving in the solitary Islands.
The fish was around 45cm and sitting at about 8mtrs depth. Unfortunately at that depth the blue was more of a grey but the spots were still visible on it’s back which made me double take on the odd looking drummer! These fish are pretty uncommon in NSW but are prevalent out in Lord Howe Island. I wonder what ecological conditions prevented them from establishing healthy populations in NSW? Possibly too much competition from species like Drummer and Blackfish, or perhaps not enough small offshore islands to inhabit.
It was pretty tame and I was able to get pretty close for a few photo’s.