- The Black Sand Bass is closely related to the Barramundi living in tropical coastal waters to depths of 12 m (39 ft)
- They are a nocturnal predator that feeds on various crustaceans and smaller fish.
- Whilst they appear similar to barramundi, a distinguishing characteristic of the Sand Perch are their reddish eyes.
- Sand bass are a brackish water fish, extending its coastal range up into estuaries, mangroves & rivers.
- They are a popular fish throughout Asia sold at various markets fresh.
- They are a popular sports fish amongst anglers on light tackle.
- Main predators of Sand Bass include sharks and other large predatory fish.
Black Sand Bass are a popular fish for anglers, known for their strong fight. They are a fast growing fish reaching lengths of 27 cm (10 in) within 2 years.
Sand Bass have a wide range across tropical parts of Australia including Busselton, WA, up to and around the Northern Territory, and back down to Moreton Bay in Queensland.
Species: Psammoperca datnioides
Sand Bass are not evaluated on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) site. However, as its a fast growing species there are limited concerns of over fishing.
Fish Taste Quality
Sand Bass are an average table fish.
Taste Rating: 3/5
How to catch
Catch Difficulty: Intermediate
Tackle: Patternoster Rig, Running Sinker Rig, Artificial Rig
Bait: Anchovy, Fresh cut flesh baits, Herring, Lures, Pilchards, Prawns, Squid, Soft plastics, Live minnow
Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure, Cast lures close to structure