Coral Trout

The Coral Trout is a predatory fish found in the coral reefs around Broome, Western Australia. It is a large fish, typically weighing between 2-6kg and growing to lengths of around 80-90cm. It is known for its striking colouration, with a range of colours including yellow, orange, red and blue. Unique behaviours include their tendency to ambush prey from crevices in the reef. The Coral Trout is most commonly caught in the deeper waters off the coast of Broome.

Habitat: The Coral Trout is found in the coral reefs around Broome, Western Australia. They are known to dwell in crevices and caves in the reef, using the structure as cover to ambush prey.

Feeding Behaviour: The Coral Trout is a predatory fish, feeding mainly on smaller fish and crustaceans. It is a voracious hunter, using its keen sense of sight and smell to locate prey. The Coral Trout is an opportunistic feeder, eating what is available, but it has a particular preference for prawns and smaller fish.

Species Info

Male Average Length: 80cm

female Average Length: 70cm

Male Average Weight: 3.5Kg

Female Average Weight: 2.5Kg

Best Fishing Methods: The best method for catching the Coral Trout is using a range of techniques including bait fishing, trolling and jigging. Bait fishing using whole or cut bait is effective, as well as trolling lures or soft plastics around the reef structure. Jigging is also a productive method, using a slow and steady retrieve to trigger a bite.

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