"This is the barracuda of the Southeast Asian freshwaters. These piscivores hunt in packs, devouring schools of baitfish. They look innocent enough – they are cyprinids with flattened sides – but are gutsy fighters that strike at a lure with thrilling ferocity. The jungle perch is one of the favourites for lure fishermen.

Jungle perch are nomadic fish, roaming the river or lake in search of the baitfish. But the best locations for these fish are the coves of lakes where a stream or river enters, or at a confluence of two rivers. In large highland rivers, jungle perch can be found near sunken timber or rocky outcrops in the water, where they wait in ambush.

The best method for catching jungle perch is arguably by using lures. Silver spoons and spinners are favourites for the solitary fish, but if a pack of these predators are on a feeding frenzy, literally any lure up to about 9 cm. long will get a strike.

The size ranges from palm-sized juveniles to about 3 kg. Tackle is normally light, using 8 – 12 lb. mainlines. A steel trace is not necessary, but make sure the treble hooks are sharp and strong; large jungle perch can crush commercially-supplied hooks."

Aznir Abdul Malek, author

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