Frypan Bream

Argyrops bleekeri
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Argyrops bleekeri
Other names Bowen Snapper, Frypan Snapper, King Soldier Bream, Longfin Snapper, Longspined Snapper, Pink Sea Bream, Red Bokako, Red Porgie
Size Up to 70 cm (27.5 in)
Weight Up to 4.5 kg (9.9 lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Coastal waters, inshore & off shore reefs, estuaries, bays, inlets, shoals, harbours
Depth Range
Frypan Bream Distribution

Interesting Info

  • Frypan Bream like most bream are a schooling fish, found in a range of marine water habitats – estuaries to deep ocean waters.
  • They have a large range from Japan to Indonesia and down to northern and central parts of Australia.
  • Frypan Bream are opportunistic carnivores, feeding on crabs, prawns, worms, smaller fish & mussels .
  • Estimated lifespan is similar to most bream with an average between 3 to 8 years, but up to 11 years.
  • The main predators of Frypan Bream include sharks and larger predatory fish.
Species Interaction

Commercial & Recreational Fishing

Frypan Bream are a popular recreational catching fish for all levels of anglers. They can be caught from shore or boat and are abundant throughout northern Australia in both tropical and cooler deep waters. Frypan Bream are an important food fish throughout Asia and Australia carrying significant commercial relevance. The species is commercially fished by trawlers and various lined fishing and traps.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Sparidae

Genus: Argyrops

Species: Argyrops bleekeri

Conservation Status

Based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Frypan Bream are not currently categorised as species of concern.

Fish Taste Quality

As their name suggests, Frypan Bream are a great table fish cooked as fillets or whole.

Taste Rating: 4/5

How to catch
Frypan Bream

Catch Difficulty: Easy

Tackle: Patternoster Rig, Running Sinker Rig

Bait: Crab, Fresh cut flesh baits, Lures, Pilchards, Prawns, Worms, Yabbies, Soft plastics

Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure, Cast lures close to structure

Popularity: Popular

Recreational Viewing
- Snorkeling & Scuba

Finding: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Location: Inner reef, Outer reef

Danger: None

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