Pearl Perch Fishing Seasons Sydney

Most anglers say the best time of the year to catch Longfin Perch fish in Sydney is from in the summertime.  The Pearl Perch is found offshore near reefs to a depth of 200 metres. This is an excellent eating fish.

Fish Details

  • Size: Up to 7 kilograms
  • Length: Up to 70 cm
  • Food Rating: Excellent
  • Territory: Offshore, Reefs to 200 metres

Pearl Perch fishing seasons Sydney

About Pearl Perch Fish

The scientific name for the Longin Perch is Glaucosoma scapulare. 
 Pearl Perch fishing in Sydney

How to identify a Pearl Perch Fish

  • Large dark blotch at the rear of the dorsal fin
  • Pearlish green mixed with silver-grey in colour
  • On the scales are golden brown specks
  • They have quite large eyes

Some say this is the best eating fish in the Southern hemisphere ocean waters.  You can simply grill the fish, add some mayonnaise and squeeze some lemon and you will understand why this fish is sought by anglers. Pearl Perch love for about 20 years or so. They are a slow-growing fish and it takes them anywhere up to 7 years to reach maturity. They are a managed fish and the minimum size is 30cm with a bag limit of 5 in NSW.

Where and When to Catch Pearl Perch

Pearl Perch travel in small schools. They can be found to depths of 200 metres usually in and around reefs.  Most fishermen will say Pearlies can be caught from 35 metres to 100 metres. Wire weed and gravelly bottoms are considered the best place to land pearl perch.  Daytime is the best time to go fishing for Pearlies. If you are fishing over a reef the best baits would be squid, octopus, prawns and small live bait.

They say you the best time to catch the Pearl Perch is in the summer and in the morning or afternoon.

Fishing for Perch in Sydney


On all our fishing and deep-sea fishing charters in Sydney, all you need to bring are the right clothes depending on the weather conditions. We will supply everything else including bait, fishing rods and reels and fishing licence. At the end of our fishing trip, you get to keep what you catch.  We have 3 purpose build fishing vessels that have all the facilities and amenities you require.