Also known as Sweetlip, Lipper, Red Throat, Trumpeter and Sweetlip Swoose.
Sweetlip Emperors are the most common of the Emperor family found in Queensland.
HOW TO IDENTIFY EMPEROR, SWEETLIP
It is distinguished by the orange areas around the eyes and an extremely bright orange dorsal fin. The rest of the body is normally light grey in colour with small black scales dotted over the body. You can be sure it is a Sweetlip Emperor by looking inside the mouth, which is extremely red in colour. The fish can grow up to 90cm and weigh 9kg but it is more common to find this fish ranging from 1-2.5kg.
WHERE TO CATCH EMPEROR, SWEETLIP
Sweetlip Emperor have a range extending from the Abrolhos Islands off Western Australia around the top end of Australia down south as far northern New South Wales. The main habitat of this fish is coral reefs in moderately warm waters, and the fish is most common in the Great Barrier Reef.
HOW TO CATCH EMPEROR, SWEETLIP
Sweetlip Emperors are predators of the reef and prefer small crustaceans and smaller fish. They feed on the bottom of the reef. They can be caught on most baits and are highly regarded as an excellent table fish.