Australasian Snapper

The Australasian snapper or silver seabream, Pagrus auratus, is a species of porgie found in coastal waters of Australia, Philippines, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Japan and New Zealand. Its distribution areas in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are disjunct.[3] Although it is almost universally known in Australian and New Zealand as snapper, it does not belong to the Lutjanidae family of snappers. It is highly prized as an eating fish.

The Australasian snapper is found on all coasts of New Zealand, especially in the north. In Australia, it is found along the south coast, mainly near Kiama, Berry, Gerringong, Gerroa, Huskisson, Vincentia, and Shoalhaven. It is also found on the coast of Tasmania, but in smaller numbers. The fish spawn in inshore waters and live in rocky areas and reefs of up to 200 m deep. They school, and will migrate between reefs. Larger fish are known to enter estuaries and harbours, for example Port Phillip Bay has a renowned seasonal snapper run.

Species Information

Scientific Name:Pagrus auratus
Environment:Nearshore, Offshore
Ideal Temp:57-75°F (14-24°C)
Technique:Bottom Fishing
Lure Type:Bottom Rig
World Record:17.2 kg (37 lb 14 oz) Mottiti Island, New Zealand 02-Nov-1992
Other Names:squirefish, pinkies, pink snapper, red bream, silver seabream, cocknies, New Zealand snapper, Australian snapper

Latest Australasian Snapper Fishing Reports and Spots

Red & grey in the bays - 2/29/2020 12:10:54 AM

While the focus hasn't been on the gummies or snapper in particular in both bays - there have been a few caught especially pinkies and snapper. (View)


Few PPB reds still hanging about - 1/29/2020 5:56:02 PM

While this season wasn't the greatest for many bay anglers there are still some decent snapper holding in the bay. Most anglers have hung up th (View)


WPB snapper - 12/20/2019 9:35:56 AM

Western Port's snapper fishing continues to provide some excitement for anglers around Melbourne as the fish have stayed more consistent than t (View)


Success in the port - 11/30/2019 6:31:38 AM

Reports from Westernport have showed that all species are well and truly on offer at the moment. The next lull in weather should see plenty of (View)


Port Phillip reports start rolling - 11/10/2019 3:06:29 AM

The past week has brought the snapper on the chew a bit better in Port Phillip. Water temperatures have risen to between 15-16C and when this s (View)


Other variety in WPB - 11/10/2019 3:06:26 AM

While many anglers have had their sights set on snapper out in Westernport there has been plenty of by-catch to actively target. The gummies ha (View)


Snapper starting to pop into reports - 9/10/2019 5:12:29 PM

There have been dome snapper and plenty of pinkies coming into the reports around the bay over the past week or so. While the fish are still sc (View)


Bread n' Butter - 7/22/2019 12:26:28 PM

While the average weather hasn't been super motivating for many forms of fishing it's probably the best time of year to focus on simple bread a (View)


Pinkies and gummies - 7/12/2019 11:51:11 AM

There have been some winter pinkies and school snapper about in the bay for anglers to catch. While many don't fish for them in winter it can b (View)


Pinkies and snapper still strong - 5/13/2019 8:46:30 AM

While there hasn't been many anglers chasing them the snapper continue out wide from Mornington and Mount Martha. When weather permits an early (View)