Baldchin Groper - Choerodon rubescens

Arguably one of the hardest pulling and best tasting fish in Australia.

Only found in Western Australia between Coral Bay and Cape Naturalist, their main habitat includes reefy outcrops 10-100m deep, the smaller fish can also be found in shallow weedy areas near reefs.

Baldies are powerful fish, they a generally targeted on bait, however they will often take crustacean style lures and soft plastics. Do not under estimate there ability to bust you off as they dive for cover into holes or amongst rocks and coral.

Baldchin Gropers can grow up to 90cm and 7 kg in weight

Baldchin Gropers can grow up to 90cm and 7 kg in weight

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Towns & creeks to fish for Baldchin Groper

QuobbaCoral BayHorrocksGregoryGeraldtonGreenheadSteep Point / Dirt Harthog IslandLancelinJurien BayKalbarriPort Denison / DongaraShark Bay and Cape PeronPerth

Regions to fish for Baldchin Groper

GascoyneMid WestWheatbeltPerth

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