EMPEROR, SPANGLED

EMPEROR, SPANGLED

Lethrinus nebulosus


REGION
Northern WA, Southern WA, Southern QLD, Northern QLD, NT
CATCH EASE
Medium
HABITAT
Offshore, Reef, Estuary

Other common names include Green Snapper, Morwong, North-West Snapper, Nor-West Snapper, Nor Wester, Sand Bream, Sand Snapper, Sixteen-Pounder, and Yellow Sweetlip.

HOW TO IDENTIFY EMPEROR, SPANGLED

The Spangled Emperor is one of the easiest in the Sweetlip group to identify because of the bright blue spots that cover the body. Each blue spot is limited to a single scale, making them very easy to identify. The body is yellow to brownish and even bronze in colour and sometimes has blue stripe-like markings.

The fish can grow to 90cm in length but it is not commonly caught at this size.

WHERE TO CATCH EMPEROR, SPANGLED

The Spangled Emperor has a range from Range Rottnest Island off Western Australia, north around the top end of Australia down south to the very top end of Coffs Harbour in northern New South Wales.

HOW TO CATCH EMPEROR, SPANGLED

Spangled Emperors inhabit both marine and brackish waters varying between 10-70m. They are often found on coral and rocky reefs, seagrass beds and even in mangrove swamps. They are frequently caught over gravel or sand bottoms, especially when found in lagoons and bays. This fish is particularly active at night, which makes it great for night fishing. Sweetlip Emperors take well to all cut flesh baits while some success is found trolling and casting minnow lures. Berley works well to get the fish on the feed.