Mangrove Jack | Lutjanus argentimaculatus

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Common Name: Mangrove Jack
Species Name: Lutjanus argentimaculatus


The Mangrove Jack is also known as Jack, Snapper, Sea Perch, Red Bream and Dog Bream. The Mangrove Jacks body colour varies with the age of the fish. Juvenile Jacks are striking fish with electric blue lines around the eyes over a bronzy face a dark brown body with creamy coloured vertical stripes. The upper and lower fins are red with darker areas and a white edge. As the Mangrove Jack ages the upper half of the body becomes a more olive bronze colour with lower body becoming more reddish or rosy red. The dark bars fade leaving a more fragmented or chequered like pattern, the fins become uniform reddish and the anal fin may also retain the white edge. Larger Mangrove Jack that inhabit offshore reefs are often uniformly reddish in colour. Mangrove Jack can grow to over 100cm in length and up to 15kg however fish up to 3kg are more commonly caught.

New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia

Light Tackle to Medium Tackle

Minnows, Poppers, Wobbler, Chrome Lures, Soft Plastic and Saltwater Fly.

Pilchards, Garfish, Herring, Mullet and Prawns. Preferred presented as live bait.

Mangrove Jack Size and Bag Limits

Please Note: Bag limits, minimum and maximum lengths are subject to change and review by your State Fisheries Department.


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