Red Snapper

Pagrus Auratus
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Pagrus Auratus
Other names Australasian Snapper, Cockney Bream, Eastern Snapper, Nobblers, Old Man Red Snapper, Snapper, Pink Snapper, Pinkie, Queen, Red Bream, Reddie, Ruggers, Schnapper, Silver Seabream, Squire, Tamure, Western Snapper, White Snapper
Size Up to 130 cm (51 in)
Weight Up to 20 kg (44 lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Coastal waters, bays, inlets & estuaries, inshore/offshore coral & rocky reefs
Depth Range
Red Snapper Distribution

Interesting Info

  • Red Snapper are a reef migrating schooling fish, living along the coast amongst reefs up to 200 m (660 ft) deep.
  • They have a wide distribution being found in Japan, across South Pacific Islands, New Zealand and throughout Australia.
  • Red Snapper are aggressive carnivores, feeding on smaller fish, crabs, mussels, worms & prawns.
  • Estimated lifespan is similar to most snapper with an average between 3 to 8 years, with the oldest snapper going up to 40 years.
  • Very large snapper may develop large contorted humps on their foreheads and have garnered the name “Old Man Snappers”.
  • The main predators of Red Snapper include sharks, larger predatory fish.
Species Interaction

Commercial & Recreational Fishing

Red Snapper are a popular sports fish for all levels of fishing, known as a highly prized eating fish. They can be caught from shore or boat and are abundant throughout Australia. Snapper have a strong economic significance and are commercially fished and farmed. They are targeted with bottom trawlers and various hook and line techniques.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Sparidae

Genus: Pagrus

Species: Pagrus auratus

Conservation Status

Based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Red Snapper are currently categorised as “Least Concern”(LC).

LC is the lowest category on the scale for risk with “Extinct”(EX) being the highest.

Fish Taste Quality

Red Snapper are a highly popular table fish known for their sweet taste and firm texture, often served in fillets or whole.

Taste Rating: 5/5

How to catch
Red Snapper

Catch Difficulty: Intermediate

Tackle: Patternoster Rig, Running Sinker Rig, Artificial Rig

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

Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure

Popularity: Highly Targeted

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