Red Emperor

The Red Emperor is a large fish commonly caught in the waters off the coast of Broome, Western Australia. It is known for its distinctive red colouration, with some individuals displaying yellow, orange and blue colours. The Red Emperor is a slow-growing species, typically weighing between 4-8kg and growing to lengths of around 80-90cm. It is a popular target for recreational and commercial fishers alike.

Habitat: The Red Emperor is typically found in deeper waters, often around offshore reefs, rocky outcroppings and sunken wrecks. It is a bottom-dwelling species, spending most of its time close to the seabed.

Feeding Behaviour: The Red Emperor is a predatory fish, feeding mainly on smaller fish, squid and crustaceans. It is a slow-moving species, using its powerful jaws and sharp teeth to crush its prey. It is an opportunistic feeder, feeding at all times of the day and night.

Species Info

Male Average Length: 85cm

female Average Length: 75cm

Male Average Weight: 6.5Kg

Female Average Weight: 4.5Kg

Best Fishing Methods: The best methods for catching the Red Emperor are 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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