Commonly referred to as Jobies!
The green job fish is a tough fighting, great tasting species that frequents tropical reefs throughout the northern tip of Australia. They are more often than not encountered as a bi catch whilst targeting other species such as coral trout and mackerel and certainly fill the niche between demersal and pelagic species very well. Job fish are well known for their explosive surface attacks when targeted with surface lures making them one of the most highly sort after sport fish in the country!
Green job fish can be located from as far south as Ningaloo Reef right up to the magnificent Kimberley region throughout Western Australia and also from northern Queensland up into eastern parts of the Northern Territory.
Green job fish grow to around 12kg in weight and reach a maximum length of around 1.2 meters. A typical sized green job fish is around 3 – 4kg in most Aussie locations.
Green job fish prefer similar areas to that of coral trout with steep ledges and coral lumps located in water depths of between 10 – 50 meters most suitable. Deeper water near to shallow reef may also contain green job fish as they are also encountered along with pelagic species such as Spanish mackerel and dog tooth tuna.
Green job fish as their name suggests have a long torpedo shaped body that is a pale green colouration across the upper half leading to purple to green paler colourings leading down towards the belly. They have incredibly powerful jaws full of strong, sharp teeth designed for reeking havoc on the many reef species the green job fish calls prey!
Green job fish are very good eating.
Green job fish are notoriously dirty fighters when targeted over shallow reef and also put up a great account for themselves in deeper water on the right tackle.
Medium spin or overhead tackle is well suited to targeting green jobies from boat with medium strength braided, gel spun or nylon lines with a breaking strain of 30 – 50lb proving ideal. 60 – 1000lb fluoro carbon leaders should be attached to bright braided or gel spun lines to prevent fish from seeing the line and also to help prevent chafe offs on rough structures, teeth and jaws. Medium sized bottom fishing or jigging outfits in either spin or overhead styles are more typically suited for fishing deeper water to 100 meters.
Most standard bottom fishing baits such as cut fish strips, squid and octopus will suffice for most jobie situations with lures such as soft plastics, metal jigs and sub surface stick baits also proving deadly on this species in shallow water. Paternoster or drift baiting rigs made from 80 – 120lb nylon are normally used to target green job fish in deeper waters to 100 meters.
Putting in a lot of time and effort into likely locations should eventually produce a green job fish or two especially around the famous Rowley Shoals and Great Barrier Reef regions.
Rising or full tides are best suited for targeting green jobbies around most areas although some deep water locations will also produce good numbers of fish during low and falling tides. New moon phases are also preferable for most fish species including job fish.