Topnotch Game Fishing

Hamilton Island Nannygai Fishing

Hamilton Island Nannygai Fishing

Hamilton Island Nannygai Fishing


Large-Mouth Nannygai (Seaperch)

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Hamilton Island Topnotch Nannygai Fishing Charters

Who is keen on some Topnotch Hamilton Island nannygai fishing! 

Topnotch Game Fishing offers affordable and luxury Hamilton Island fishing charters. The charter business is based at Hamilton Island Marina, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and 74 island wonders. Discover North Queensland’s tropical Coral Sea nannygai fishing and the 74 island wonders. Experience fishing in elite style aboard Brilliant Company, the 65 Precision Australian custom-built sports fisher, and The Pirate, custom-built 34 sports fisher.

Large-Mouth Nannygai has several other common names and nicknames. Including Seaperch, Reds, Big Mouth Nannygai, Saddle-Tail Snapper, Large-Mouth Seaperch, Scarlet Seaperch and even Red Snapper. The Large-Mouth Nannygai is considered an excellent table fish and highly prized for its fighting ability by many Australian fishermen.

How To Identify A Large-Mouth Nannygai?

Large-Mouth Nannygai has a very intense red colour on the upper flanks, which changes to a reddish pink towards the belly. You will know you have caught one because it has a very distinctive saddle spot between the lower dorsal fin and the caudal fin. Large-Mouth Nannygai/Saddle-Tailed Seaperch look very similar to Crimson Seaperch. The immediate visual difference is that the head and mouth are much more prominent in the Large-Mouth Nannygai/Saddle-Tailed Seaperch. The distance from the front cheekbone to the tip of the snout is also longer in the Large-Mouth Nannygai/Saddle-Tailed Seaperch.

Additionally, the head looks much like that of the Mangrove Jack. 7 or 8 scales are also found above the lateral line. Large-Mouth Nannygai can grow to a full metre in length and weigh around 12kg.

Where To Catch A Nannygai?

Large-Mouth Nannygai can be found off the coasts of Queensland. They prefer warmer waters, so it is not surprising to see many of them around the Whitsundays, Cairns and Port Douglas regions. Large-Mouth Nannygai is a schooling fish and can be found in different structures depending on where they are located along the coastline. In the Whitsundays, they are often found in 50 m to 60 m of water around the many picturesque Whitsunday Islands & inner Great Barrier Reef.


How To Catch A Nannygai?

When you come across Large-Mouth Nannygai, you know you are in for loads of action because they travel in large schools and are a very hard-fighting tropical reef species. They are generally bottom feeders, so you must adapt your technique to catch them. Be sure that when you hook up to this fish, pump & wind fast to beat the sharks to your catch!!! Also, when you hook up, be ready for a great fight! Be careful not to strike at the fish too early (have some patience!) Allow the fish to slurp in the bait, …….. wait for the load up & ….. then lift the rod smoothly to strike. (not aggressively) The reason being a lot of the times their bite may be soft & we don’t want to spook the fish & lose the whole school.

Size And Possession Limits

Be careful regarding your catch because there are regulations for bag limits and minimum and maximum lengths are subject to change and review by the appropriate State Fisheries Department. Check this link out for more information on Size And Possession Limits.

Hamilton Island Fishing Charters

For more information about our Nannygai fishing charters, head to the Hamilton Island Fishing Charters page.


Marlene Hicks Owner operator of Topnotch Game Fishing Airlie Beach & Billfish Babes founder.