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Spangled Emperor - Lethrinus nebulosus

The most common of all the Emperors, found in tropical waters around the top end of Australia from Exmouth to South East Queensland.

Spangled Emperor are reef species that prefer shallow coral reefs, seagrass beds and even deep rocky reefs up to 200 m deep. Spangled emperor are a fantastic sport fish and will put up a good fight for their weight, often a challenging opponent on light tackle around rocks and in shallow coral lagoons.

Emperors will readily take soft plastics and jigs from the bottom in deep water. However if the environment, tide and conditions are right emperors can be found in shallow waters feeding while the tides runs out, here you can target them on poppers, stick baits and sinking stick bait lures.

Spangled Emperor can grow up to 80cm and 8 kg in weight, common sizes are around 40-50cm. They can live for more than 30 years!

Spangled Emperor can grow up to 80cm and 8 kg in weight, common sizes are around 40-50cm. They can live for more than 30 years!

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Towns & creeks to fish for Spangled Emperor

Anketell PointBalla BallaCoral BayPoint SamsonCaloundraExmouthCleavervillePort HedlandQuobbaSteep Point / Dirt Harthog IslandPardoo StationDampierShark Bay and Cape Peron

Regions to fish for Spangled Emperor

GascoynePilbaraSunshine Coast

Species list

AmberjackAustralian BassAustralian SalmonBarracudaBarramundiBlue BastardBlue GroperBonefishBonitoAustralian BonitoLeaping BonitoBreamBlack BreamSea breamYellowfin BreamCarpCatfishCherabinChinaman FishCobiaCodBarramundi CodBlack Spotted RockcodFlowery CodGold spotted rockcodRankin CodCoral TroutDartDhufishDolphin FishDrummerDusk FlatheadEmperorsBlue Spotted EmperorGrass EmperorLong Nosed EmperorRed EmperorRed throat emperorSpangled EmperorEstuary PerchFlatheadBar-Tail FlatheadBlue-Spot FlatheadDusky FlatheadFlounderGiant HerringGolden Snapper / FingermarkGrunterHarlequinJavelJavelin FishJewfish - BlackJewfish / MullowayJobfishJungle PerchLeather JacketLong-TomsLuderickMackerelBroadbar MackerelSchool MackerelShark MackerelSpanish MackerelSpotted MackerelMangrove JackMarlin / SailfishBlue MarlinMary River CodMilk FishMoses PerchMud CrabsMudcrabsMurray River CodNannygaiNo FishingPaddletailPearl PerchQueenfishRed BassRedfin PerchSailfishSalmonBlue SalmonThreadfin SalmonSamson fishSaratogaSharkSilver PerchSnapperPink SnapperQueen SnapperRed SnapperSooty GrunterSquidSquireSweet LipTailorTarponTarwhineTrevallyDiamond TrevallyGiant TrevallyGolden TrevallyPermitSilver TrevallyTriggerfishTripletailTroutBrown TroutRainbow TroutTunaLongtail TunaSouthern Bluefin TunaYellowfin TunaTuskfishTuskfish - VenusTuskfisk - VenusWahooWhitingKing George WhitingSand WhitingTrumpeter WhitingYellowfin WhitingWrasseBaldchin GroperTuskfish - blackspotTuskfish - BlueYellofinfin WhitingYellow BellyYellowtail Kingfish