Grass Sweetlip are a common sweetlip caught in the central and south Queensland
How To Identify:
Grass Sweetlip are typical in sweetlip / emperor body style. They can range from an almost olivey-grey to quite brown especially in larger specimens. They have irregular dark brown blotches on their body and blue lines that run near and under the eye. The fins are tinted red or pink. They are common around the 1-2 kg mark however can grow to about 4 kgs.
How To Catch:
Grass Sweetlip are not terribly fussy about what they eat and will take squid, pilchard, fish flesh baits and pretty much and bottom bouncing bait. Although they do school up and respond to a berly trail, drifting across shallow reef can be very effective as they move onto the reef during a rising tide looking for food. I have also caught larger specimens when drifting whole unweighted pilchards back into the burley trail for Snapper, they don't mind rising to a free flowing bait.
Grass sweetlip are found along the Queensland Coast, Northern Territory and northern Western Australia however are most common around the reef systems of central and southern Queensland