Netted Sweetlips are one of a few species of fish referred to officially as Sweetlips, however this is somewhat confusing given the common use of the name sweetlip to some of the emperors. Some have since referred to this group as blubber-lips.
How To Identify:
The Netted Sweetlips (Gold-Spot Blubber-lips) has an elongated body and is quite solid like the Brown Sweetlips. The tail square cut. It is a light brown over the back, sides and belly with a lot of yellow or orange lines on the head and upper region of the body. As fish get older the lines tend to break into spots. It can grow to about 4 kgs but normally caught to about 2 kgs.
How To Catch:
Netted Sweetlips (Gold-Spot Blubber-lips) are not often caught by line fisherman however sometime caught when anglers fishing inshore reefs fishing with soft baits such as yabbies or peeled prawns.
The Netted Sweetlips (Gold-Spot Blubber-lips) are found the entire Queensland east coast and down as far as central New South Wales. Also across the top of Northern Territory and the North and Western coastline of Western Australia. Mainly found around inshore coastal reefs and rocky headlands.