Red Bass

Lutjanus Bohar
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Lutjanus Bohar
Other names Bohar Snapper, Kelp Bream, Kelp Sea Perch, Twospot Red Snapper
Size Up to 90 cm (35.4 in)
Weight Up to 12.5 kg (28 lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Coastal waters, lagoons & seaward coral reefs amongst outer ledges & slopes
Depth Range 10 - 80 m (262 ft)
Red Bass Distribution

Interesting Info

  • The Red Bass is a species of fish found in the waters surrounding northern parts of Australia. Primarily in Western Australia & Queensland.
  • It is a deep-bodied fish with a broad, sloping head and a distinctive red coloration.
  • The Red Bass is a predatory fish, feeding on a variety of smaller fish and crustaceans.
  • The Red Bass is known to have a symbiotic relationship with a small shrimp called Alpheus soror. The shrimp cleans the fish’s skin of parasites and dead tissue, while the fish provides protection for the shrimp.
  • It is known to form schools and migrate over long distances, particularly during spawning season.
  • The Red Bass is capable of reproducing year-round, although peak spawning activity occurs during the summer months. The eggs and larvae of the Red Bass are planktonic, floating in the water column before settling in suitable habitats.
  • Estimates of lifespan are between 20 – 30 years in the wild.
  • The Red Bass is a popular game fish among recreational anglers, prized for its fighting abilities and meat quality.
Species Interaction

Recreational & Commercial Fishing

The Red bas is popular among recreational anglers for its strong fighting abilities and is considered a desirable game fish. Commercially, the Red Bass is valued for its high-quality flesh, which is sold in seafood markets across Australia and Asia.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Lutjanidae

Genus: Lutjanus

Species: Lutjanus Bohar

Conservation Status

The Red Bass is not currently listed as a threatened species in Australia by the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. However, like many fish species, the Red Bass is vulnerable to overfishing and habitat degradation, particularly in areas where commercial fishing pressure is high or where coral reef habitats are threatened by factors such as climate change or pollution.

Fish Taste Quality

Red bass is highly valued for its firm, white, and flavourful flesh, which is considered to be of high quality. The fish has a moderate to strong flavour that is often described as sweet and nutty, with a moist and flaky texture.

Taste Rating: 4/5

How to catch
Red Bass

Catch Difficulty: Intermediate

Tackle: Running Sinker Rig, Artificial Rig

Bait: Anchovy, Fresh cut flesh baits, Lures, Octopus, Pilchards, Prawns, Squid, Soft plastics, Slimy Mackerel, Yellowtail Scad

Technique: Keep bait on the bottom, Keep bait close to the reef/structure

Popularity: Highly Targeted