Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Best Way to Catch Estuary Perch

Vicki Lear shares Estuary Perch Secrets t the Shimano Shack

Many find fishing Australia's Estuary Perch (or EPs as they are known) incredibly frustrating and others simply overlook them as a target species but they are good fighting fish and make excellent eating.

If you're looking for the best way to catch Estuary Perch, take a look at this article by seasoned hand Vicki Lear at the Shimano Shack. Vicki knows her stuff and her advice on not just where to catch Estuary Perch but what are the best lures to catch Estuary Perch and the best fishing gear to use for Estuary Perch reads like a very short Estuary Perch fisherman's bible.

Take a look at the full Estuary Perch Secrets here.

For more technical information, here's what the  Native Fish Australia says about Estuary Perch:

Scientific Name

Macquaria colonorum

Other Common Names

Perch, Gippsland perch
In western Victoria often incorrectly called Australian bass


To 10 Kg (22 lb). In Victoria frequently to 540 mm and 4 Kg (21" and 8.8lb).

Conservation Status

Common, widespread


Most common in estuarine waters.  Generally prefers more saline water than Australian bass, with which it is often confused, but nevertheless quite often found in locations with very low salinity.


Coastal rivers and lakes from the Richmond River in northern New South Wales through the whole of the Victorian coast as far west as mouth of the Murray River in South Australia.  Abundant in most streams in its distribution, especially in southern New South Wales and Victoria.


Spawning is believed to occur in the lower sections of estuaries.  Breeding may commence as early as July to August in New South Wales, but usually occurs much later, into November or December, in Victorian waters, especially in the western regions.


Estuary perch appear to feed loser to the bottom and have a less varied diet to that of Australian bass. Their diet consists mainly of shrimps, prawns, worms, bivalve moluscs and smaller fish.


Usually overlooked as an angling target, estuary perch are a good fighting fish and is readily taken on artificial lures and baits such as sand worms, prawns and Bass yabbies.
Tends to run "hot and cold" and often seems to move up and down the lower parts of rivers streams with the tide, perhaps maintaining some preferred salinity level.  Can be very abundant at times.
Easily confused with Australian bass, may be differentiated by their deeper, less cylindrical shape, their relatively larger mouth and their relatively more pointed snout.

On the table

Very good eating.

In the aquarium

Not really suitable for aquarium use, estuary perch often do not handle well and can be difficult to maintain especially in summer.


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