Red Emperor

red-emperorThe red emperor is a highly-sought-after table fish and is caught on the reefs.


Other Names: Lutjanus sebae, red emperor.
Location: Deeper reefs and gravel bottom areas round the coast including areas far offshore.
Season: Year-round.
Method: Local anglers tend to use boat rods. Bottom fishing with fresh shark flesh baits produces the best results.
Regulations: For up-to-date regulations, check out the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries
Eating: The emperor is ranked along with coral trout as a premier Australian table fish and it richly deserves its reputation. Its firm white flesh has an excellent mildly-sweet flavour, fine flakes and little oil. It is suitable for the grill or the oven.