The Coral Trout is also known as the Leopard Coral Grouper, Leopard Coral Trout, Leopard Trout, Leopard Cod, Bluespot Trout, Blue-Spot Trout and Trout.
Coral Trout are native to the western Pacific Ocean and it’s natural habitats include the open oceans as wells as coral reefs. Unfortunately, they are also are a target of fisheries because they command high prices on fish markets with massive amounts of this fish being caught commercially each year.
HOW TO IDENTIFY TROUT, CORAL
Coral Trout belong to the larger family of fish known as the Serranidae, which also includes other fish such as a variety of groupers Groupers and Rock Cod. This family of fish, including the Coral Trout, are distinguished by a very large mouth which contains a single row of sharp teeth, plus 3 obvious spines on the gill cheek.
Coral Trout are often confused with other species but can be identified by the round spots always found around the body and the head. The colour of the fish can range from orange, red orange right through to a bright red.
Coral Trout can grow to over 1m and weigh as much as 20kg. Unfortunately, due to rampant overfishing in Queensland and the greed of fish exporters to make money, Coral Trout numbers are down and mainly smaller fish are caught by recreational anglers. All are born female so the bigger fish tend to be males.
WHERE TO CATCH TROUT, CORAL
Coral Trout have a range from southern Western Australia near Geraldton around the north of Australia down south to Hervey Bay, just south of Bundaberg in Queensland.
HOW TO CATCH TROUT, CORAL
It’s not surprising that you will find Coral Trout near coral outcrops with the larger fish being taken in deeper waters in areas where they still manage to find cover.
Coral Trout is an excellent fighting fish and can be taken on all the common live baits while fresh baits will also work. Whole fish baits do well as do minnow lures. Be prepared for a short but vigorous fight with Coral Trout. The fish is as beautiful to look at as it good tasting on the table.