Backyard Jungle Perch

I’m lucky to live in a little beautiful town called Port Douglas where tropical beauty is everywhere. With the ocean right in our front yard, it is easy to see where I spend most of my time fishing. This time I felt I had to do some backyard fishing.

With the last few months temperatures pushing high; Spring Creek is a popular spot to cool down. Right at the beginning of the forest line and not even 10 minutes drive from town.  Kick as spot to cool down and relax. I even have snorkeled there and eels, turtles and big jungle perch! This all in our jungle backyard swimming hole.
It was an obvious time for a jungle fish!

Bad to the bone

Jungle Perch are often overlooked when people come to fish Northen Queensland. People who know these badass fish know well they got a deserved reputation.
Easily spooked but rewarding to catch as they put on a good fight in skinny water in the most amazing locations! Even I had lived here for more than 2 years and never had targeted them! It was seriously time to check out the JP fuss and there was no better place than right in the backyard of Port!

Easy said, easy done:

I stepped in my car and drove the 10 minutes towards spring creek but just drove a bit more further and parked my car next to another little side stream. I walked it down until it reached a bit of a bigger creek.  It looked like this stream would hold hopefully a few jungle perch.
Jungle Perch are super wary and once they see you or get disturbed they will go of the bite. The rain we had few days ago made the stream look a bit chocolatish what actually did ended up in favor!

I blind casted a little soft plastic around the edges of the stream and hooked my first jungle perch on my first cast! I returned the fish and made a few more casts upstream which gave me a few more perch.
Because of the poor water condition, I kept catching them from the same stream and holes. Normally you catch one or 2 and they will all shut down. I caught no trophee jungle perch but I had a ball and I even caught this super small fellah!

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Jungle fever

Backyard exploring was a success! I’m even thinking to chase them next time on the fly. Jungle Perch on dry flies?! hmmm… That could be interesting? Or a 40 cm plus monster Jungle Perch?