Red Bass; Kelp Bream; Kelp Sea-Perch; Two-Spot Snapper; Two Spot Red Snapper
The red bass is a close relative of the Mangrove Jack that lives offshore around reefs.
How To Identify:
With striking colours the red bass is as the name suggests is mostly red, darker on the top of the upper body. They have very strong jaws and canine type teeth. Sometimes when Mangrove Jack move to the offshore reef systems they are mistaken for a Red Bass. For more information see Fishes of Australia - Red Bass.
How To Catch:
Red Bass are usually caught when targeting other reef fish and will take most fresh flesh baits but even better is a live bait such as a slimy or yakka. They are also quite often caught on large surface poppers when anglers are chasing GT's and Coral Trout. Often found on the flats of the outer reefs and love to take a stickbait.
Mostly found around coral reefs in the northern half of Australia