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Golden Snapper

( Lutjanus johnii )

Other names

Fingermark Bream, Fingermark Seaperch, John’s Snapper, Red Bream, Spotted-scale Sea Perch


Main photo courtesy of Darren, Robyn and Matthew Marshall, Gladstone QLD.


Fast Facts photo courtesy Liam Pascoe. Coby Pascoe and his Rapala Fish Of The Month January 2014

How to Catch
Fast Facts
  • Is a member of the family¬†Lutjanidae (snappers and seaperches)
  • Grows to about 1m in length and 12kg in weight
  • Lives for at least 30 years
  • Often referred to as Fingermark Bream
  • Could be mistaken for Mangrove Jack and Moses Snapper (Lutjanus russellii)
  • Have a distinguishing dark blotch below the front of the rear dorsal fin
  • Frequents coastal reef and estuarine environments
  • Good eating