This is the second unusual catch for the Eden trawl vessel Imlay, in February they extended the known range of the Queen Snapper by catching one in Eden.
This time they have caught what they believe to be a Mangrove Jack (Lutjanus argentimaculatus) while fishing from Eden on NSW’s south coast.
According to the Australian Museum the Mangrove Jack occurs in tropical and some warm temperate marine waters of the Indo-West and Central Pacific. In Australia it is known from the central coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north of the country and south to the central coast of New South Wales.
Jacks are a popular recreational specie and according to TackleWorld are “capable of lightning-fast strikes and strong and violent runs for cover, providing sport fishermen with the ultimate fishing challenge”.