Sweetlip Emperor is a beautiful and tasty reef fish.
How To Identify:
Sweetlips are a typical emperor shape. Colour wise they can vary but are often Olive Green on top and a olive brown body with dark brown spots. Sweetlips are easily identifiable by the beautiful bright red dorsal (and other fins, but particularly the dorsal) and the bright red colour inside its large mouth (hence the reference to red throat emperor). Usually caught under the 2 kg mark however have been known to grow to about 9 kgs on the Barrier Reef.
How To Catch:
Sweetlip will take most bottom bouncing baits, however fresh fish flesh baits are the most successful. They respond very well to burley and if a school responds to a burley trail they can be brazen in their feeding and easy to catch. Will readily take a lure such as soft plastic when fished around shallow coral bommies.
Sweetlip range from Southern Queensland right around to mid Western Australia. Very commonly targeted and caught in Central and Southern Barrier Reef sections.