Estuary Perch

Size:
100g - 3kg.
Habitat:
Estuary Perch are related to the Australian Bass and can be found in similar locations. They inhabit coastal streams from fresh and brackish
waters to the lower salty river mouths where tidal influence is prevalent.
Estuary perch are attracted to the cover of logs, stumps, snags, bushes, tree roots, rock piles, reefs and holes along the banks of streams. They
are found from Qld. to S.A. including Tas.
Qualities:
Territorial and predatory fish. A highly rated sportsfish with tough sometimes spectacular fighting ability.
Record:
Australian record Bass 3.78kg.
Best Bait:
Live prawn, shrimp, yabbies, crab, small baitfish, eathworm, frog, grasshoper, cicada and crickets. Lures such as Rapala minnows (small), Crazy Crawlers, Jitterbugs, plastic wrigglers, surface poppers, wobblers and fast moving spoons and spinners like Dickson Spin Jigs. Flies.
Tackle:
Line: 3 - 6kg main line with a 70cm trace.
Hook: No. 2 - 2/0.
Rig: Light spinning or baitcaster gear with a lightest possible bean or ball running sinker. Lure gear.
Hints:
Hot sultry days encourage strikes, especially on dull and overcast conditions. Repeated accurate casts close to cover of snags and into holes.
Change in tide at dawn or dusk provides good catches. Drifting the rivers in a boat and casting into suspected cover is productive. Unprofitable to fish the middle of the stream in daylight hours, it is better to probe the shelters near the bank. Fish in tidal waters are not keen on surface
popping lures even at night where as those found above tidal influenced waters will readily take surface lures at night and sometimes during the
day. Lure should be worked down to where the fish is sheltering. Live bait like prawn and shrimp hooked through the tail work well. In summer
cicadas and crickets are a good bait. Midday fish will be deep where as at dusk they will be closer to the surface and at night will surface feed. Creek mouths entering estuarine rivers are a favorite haunt. Immature fish are found in large numbers at entrances to tidal lakes. The female Estuary perch are the larger fish so catch and release is preferred
.

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