Jungle Perch (Hampala macrolepidota)

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jungle_perch Hampala macrolepidota

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Actinopterygii
  • Order: Cypriniformes
  • Family: Cyprinidae
  • Genus: Hampala
  • Species: Hampala macrolepidota
Common Names: Jungle Perch, Hampala barb Latin name: Hampala macrolepidota Thai name: Plah Kasoop Kit () Thailand status: Native Max size: 8kg (17lb) 70cm Diet: Carnivorous, mainly fish, frogs and small water mammals from topwater, juveniles will eat insects. Habitat: Freshwater . Rivers and marshlands, mountain streams and reservoirs.

Great sporting fish, not usually found in fishing parks. To target the Jungle perch you need to get out into the rural and natural areas of Thailand. Most reservoirs have either natural or introduced populations.

The Jungle perch also known as the Hampala barb are aggressive pack hunters.

An aggressive predator which hunts mainly in packs and can be seen in huge shoals which round up bait fish and attack over and over in rapid bursts. This creates huge circles of splashing which can be seen from quite a distance. Anglers lucky enough to get near to these feeding frenzies can take many fish in a short space of time.

Topwater fishing is very exciting and simple frog baits produce blasting fierce attacks from these barb at incredible lightning speed. They are however a delicate fish so try and release as quickly as possible. They have soft mouths so hooking is not difficult compared with the hard bony mouth of a snakehead. Unhooking needs to be fast and simple, if using treble hooks try taking the barbs off from at least 2.