The Papuan Back Snapper is actually a member of the snapper family that inhabit freshwater and brackish water.
How To Identify:
The Papuan Black Snapper resembles a cross between a mangrove (gray) snapper and a largemouth bass. The large scaled body is silvery to steely gray or black. There are two distinct color phases with the entire body blackish or with a series of 6 or 7 broad grayish bars on the sides. It has two large canine teeth in the upper jaw and smaller teeth on the lower jaw.
How To Catch:
The Papuan Black Bass can be caught by casting with saltwater-quality surface plugs or shallow and medium running plugs is the most common method of fishing for this species. Papuan Black Bass are also caught trolling and a few have discovered that fly-fishing is possible. The major challenge is stopping an individual before it dives for cover. Locals use short, powerful rods, reels with top-quality drags and heavy leaders to cope with logs, rocks and other obstructions encountered in bass habitat.
The Papuan Black Snapper is known from southern Papua New Guinea from the Port Moresby district.