The Kole Tang is a marine reef fish that lives in the Central and South Pacific. It is important in recreational and subsistence fishing, and is one of the most commonly speared fish in Waikiki.
The Kole Tang has a brown color with light blue to yellow horizontal stripes over its body which change into spots towards the face. It also has a vividly yellow area surrounding the eye, sometimes leading to it being known as the yellow-eyed tang. Among native Hawaiians, the kole is particularly esteemed as luau fare due to its abundance and ease of capture. As with most surgeonfishes, this species is fried whole until crispy.
Not much is known about the life cycle of the Kole Tang. Males mature at approximately 14.5 cm, and grow significantly larger than their female counterparts.
Color: clear, light pink flesh
Texture: soft and moist flesh
Flavor: delicate, mild sweet taste
Perfect serve: most commonly fried, baked, or sautéed.
Yellow-eyed Kole Tang
Spearfishing has been used throughout the world for millennia. Early civilizations were familiar with the custom of spearing fish from rivers and streams using sharpened sticks, and it is still practiced today in many areas of the world. Today, spearfishing may be done using compressed gas pneumatic powered spearguns, or spearguns and slings while free-diving, snorkelling or scuba diving; although, spearfishing while scuba diving is illegal in some countries.
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