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5 Popular fish species you can catch on the Sunshine Coast

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If you want to have an epic day offshore out on the water off Noosa – Deep sea fishing co. Noosa will offer you great fishing charters. 5 popular fish species you can catch on the Sunshine Coast.

1. Snapper 

Among the most common species of fish on Sunshine Coast outings is snapper, which can reach an incredible 1.3m in length! You’ll usually find adult snappers in deeper waters and youngsters in the bays. 

We catch snapper almost all year round, but the peak time is from November to January. The flesh of the snapper is strong and flaky, making it the ideal dinner fish. You can enjoy them with the skin on or off. 

2. Coral trout and reef cod

All the species in this category are commonly marketed under the collective term ‘coral trout’ (with the occasional exception of Coronation Trout). They are a very popular (and often expensive) reef fish found across the northern reaches of Australia. They are available year round with supply peaking in the Spring months. Caught by line or trap.

3. Red Emperor

Red emperor are a red, deep bodied fish with a strong, forked caudal fin and continuous dorsal fin. They are an offshore demersal reef fish and are in fact not a true emperor. They are actually a member of the Snappers and Seaperches family Lutjanidae, and are more closely related to Mangrove jack and Red bass than any of the emperor species. Juveniles and young adults are distinguished from more mature fish by three dark red vertical bands and a paler overall colouration. As they age they become pink/red all over and the banding becomes less distinct.

4. Tasty sweet lip and emperor

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.

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.

5. Parrotfish – Wrasse

The parrotfish belongs to a broad sub-family, including over 600 species, and is easily recognisable by its parrot-like beak. They are efficient predators that eat a variety of tiny invertebrates and live in shallow tropical seas among coral reefs.

Contact Deep Sea Fishing Co. Sunshine Coast Today 

We’ll travel across some of our favourite local sites and supply all of the equipment – all you have to do is catch the fish with Deep sea fishing co Noosa.

Our fishing trips are ideal for people of all ages and skill levels, whether you’re an enthusiast, a beginner or somewhere in between.

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