- Size 28-30 cm
- Food Value Excellent
- Game Qualities Average
- Habitats Inshore, Nearshore, Offshore, Reef
Pink Maomao, also called Longfin Perch, is a species of sea bass that inhabits the southeastern Indian Ocean and the southern Pacific Ocean. Due to their bright pink color, many anglers know them affectionately as “Pinkies.” Females wear a bright pink-to-red hue, while males boast pink scales and yellow spots. At night, they tuck themselves into rocky areas and turn to an orange-red shade. Due to their introverted lifestyle, little is known about these stunning, stylish fish.
Pink Maomaos can grow to about 50 cm in length, but typically measure around 28-30 cm long. The IGFA world record stands at 0.62 kg (1 lb 5 oz).
Where to find Pink Maomao
You’ll often catch this fish off the coasts of Australia and New Zealand. Pink Maomao swim in water ranging from 0-400 meters deep (mere inches to over 1,000 feet). They prefer warmer waters and typically stay in depths of 20-50 m.
How to Catch Pink Maomao
Anglers mainly catch this fish by bottom fishing and spearfishing near reefs.
Good to eat?
Pinkies have thick, white flesh and are excellent eating fish.