Maori Sea Perch can grow to 4kg and 75cm in length. These tropical fish are occasionally encountered on coral reefs or shallow inshore flats. Maori Sea Perch is an excellent edible fish frequently found in markets and important to artisanal fisheries.
How To Identify:
The Maori Sea Perch has a brown or grey upper body and a white belly. They have yellow fins with sand coloured edges on tail and pectoral fins. The Maori Sea Perch has spines on first half of the dorsal and anal fins. This type of fish also has a yellow and steeply sloped head with blue lines. For more information see Fishes of Australia - Maori Sea Perch.
How To Catch:
The Maori Sea Perch is a fast and stubborn fish. They offer an excellent fight on light to medium tackle. They can be fished near the bottom with a crab, squid or a dead fish.
Some times also caught when anglers are flats fishing along the reef edge with stickbaits or poppers, usually in this case they are hanging around the larger bombies right by the edge rather than too far on top of the reef. Fight extremely hard when hooked.
Maori Sea Perch can be found in the Indo-Pacific region. They can be found in the area from East Africa to Tahiti, southern Japan and Australia.
Maori Sea Perch are found from the Abrolhos Islands Western Australia, around the tropical north, and to southern Queensland.