Mangrove Jack are one of the most popular fish to target amongst Australian anglers because they are such a hard fighting fish and provide excellent fishing entertainment.
Mangrove Jack are also called Jack, Read Bream, Dog Bream, Red Perch, Creek Red Bream, Reef Bream, Purple Sea Perch, Rock Barramundi, River Roman and many more names.
HOW TO IDENTIFY MANGROVE JACK
Mangrove Jack can grow as large as 1.2m (15kg) but it is not common to catch a fish of this size. Even a fish of 1-3kg is a real struggle to catch because they are such dirty fighters - what makes them so popular.
Mangrove Jack is often mistaken for Red Bass but Mangrove Jack have a much taller dorsal fin. Mangrove Jack also lack the black fins and a pit before the eye found on Red Bass.
WHERE TO CATCH MANGROVE JACK
Mangrove Jacks are most prevalent in tropical mangrove creeks but can be encountered as far south as the mild temperate waters of Sydney in rare cases. Mangrove Jacks have a range from Exmouth in Western Australia around the northern coast as far south as Coffs Harbour in New South Wales. They are taken in estuaries and creeks as well as offshore in depths reaching 100m.
HOW TO CATCH MANGROVE JACK
If you are looking for the number one toughest fish to battle within Australian waters, you cannot go past the Mangrove Jack. They will shoot out and consumer a lure or bait and break away dragging anglers into a snag before the angler knows what has hit them. They are fishing tackle and gear destroyers.
A variety of lures and baits work well. It is important to take care when handling Mangrove Jack as they have spines on the dorsal fin that can cause a nasty wound. They are a decent table fish.