Information about Bar Cheeked Coral Trout
Bar Cheeked Coral Trout are very similar in appearance to Coral Trout, but as the name suggests- have a distinctive coloration of brightly coloured bars on the cheeks. Bar Cheeked Coral Trout are also a heftier build. Bar Cheeked Coral Trout usually get bigger than Coral Trout do. They are also a delicious eating fish… and we sometimes catch them on our day trips reef fishing with Norseman.
Bar Cheeked Coral Trout are a tropical species of reef fish. They are a predatory and territorial and are usually encountered either alone or in breeding pairs. They are a slow growing fish and due to over fishing in the past the numbers have declined. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority introduced Fin Fish closures to protect the populations of Bar Cheek Trout and other coral reef fin fish during their spawning periods.
Bar Cheeked Coral Trout are found in shallow reefs and also on inshore coral reefs in waters between 2 and 50 meters deep.They love rocky outcrops and hiding under Bommies to ambush their prey. Like a Coral Trout, they have a broad powerful tail and can really give you a workout. Once again, handlines are very effective with these fish as they try and bury you in the coral once they are hooked.