- 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.
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.
Species: Argyrops bleekeri
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
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
- Snorkeling & Scuba
Location: Inner reef, Outer reef