Estuary Perch: 27cm
This is the first species I caught in my Cruise FD. Caught from my local Werribee River, these fish were stocked into the river system around about 4-5 years ago, so they are still have lots of growing to do.
They are great little fighters no matter their size! Hit hard like a Bass and love to hang out in the snags.
This one was caught a Munroe Soft Plastic lure rigged up to a jig spin (like a spinnerbait) I purely Catch-Photo-Release these fish.
Redfin (English Perch): 37cm
Better known to us Australians as ‘Reddies’
This Reddie was caught on a day trip I made to Lake Fyans where I had entered a kayak competition that was ran for the first time at this location and my first time fishing the waterbody.
I really struggled in this competition day 1 only catching the one Reddie which I didn’t bother to weigh in as it wasn’t that big. Even on day 2 was tough although I did pick up 2 Reddies, but once again they were only small so didn’t bother to weigh in. most of the local guys were weighing in decent fish of around the 35cm-50cm!
So, I was determine to get back to this lake and try out different lures that I didn’t have for the competition and try my luck, this is where I picked up this nice 37cm fish! Caught a little ¼ chatter bait, Reddies are a great fresh water eating fish! Classed as a pest in Victoria but you are aloud to release them if you wish, which I’ll do with anything under 25cm.
Flathead are one of my favorite salt water eating fish, they put up a great fight, with lots of head shakes and runs.
This one here was a by-catch when targeting bream! It was a very tough day fishing with very high winds up to around 80kph and smashing rain in the morning, I couldn’t find any bream on this day, but this guy put up a great fight on just 4lb braid and leader.
– Craig Richards