Commonly referred to as Gold bands!
The gold banded job fish is a highly sought after table fish throughout northern Australia and has gained its reputation thanks to the commercial fishing fleet who delivers these fish to markets where it is then sold by its more recognisable nick name of king snapper. Gold banded jobbies are a magnificent looking species of job fish that are generally encountered in deeper, northern waters.
Gold banded job fish can be located from as far south as Carnarvon right up to the magnificent Kimberley region throughout Western Australia and also from Queensland up into parts of the Northern territory.
Gold banded job fish grow to around 6kg in weight and reach a maximum length of around 80cm although a typical sized gold banded job fish is around 3 – 4kg in mos locations.
Gold banded job fish prefer deeper northern waters of 60 – 200 meters with an uneven sea floor, steep drop off or pinnacles present.
Gold banded job fish are easily identified as their name suggests by the 2 – 3 yellow to gold bands that run across the face of the fish and under the eyes. They also have thick yellow markings between the eyes and bright yellow pectoral and dorsal fins.
Gold banded job fish like most deep water species are exceptionally good eating.
Gold banded job fish are more well known for their eating qualities than their sporting capabilities.
Medium to heavy spin or overhead tackle is well suited to targeting gold band’s from a boat with medium to heavy strength braided, gel spun or nylon lines with a breaking strain of 30 – 80lb proving ideal. 80 – 150lb nylon 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. Fishing deeper waters to 200 meters requires the use of powerful lever drag or electric reels and short, powerful rods rated to 80lb or more. Shock leaders are not necessary at this depth as connecting braided main lines directly to the rig allow anglers to feel much more. All main lines should of coarse be doubled with a bimmini twist for strength!
Most standard deep water baits such as fresh fish strips, whole fish, whole squid and octopus are ideally suited for gold banded jobbies with heavy metal jigs also now starting to account for a few fish. Triple dropper Paternoster styled rigs are best suited for this style of fishing and can be made from nylon leader materials of between 150 – 200lb in breaking strain. Strong, black three way swivels are also necessary for fishing deeper water as is the use of circle styled hooks.
Using bait cotton to secure baits to hooks helps when fishing such extreme depths. Using the swell to assist in lifting and winding will save you a lot of energy at the end of a long deep water session!
Rising or full tides are best suited for targeting most fish species 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 deep water demersal’s.