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    Posted: 01 Jun 2009 at 7:07pm
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Anyone out  there target Perch or get them as a bycatch while Flyfishing theres been some good ones landed at Pupuke lately by the coarse anglers as well as trout on maggots.

I caught some beautys while spinning off the bank at Ototoa over the weekend along with one hen.
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yea i target perch. catch them with squidgies, tobys and flies
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I'm not sure what qualifies as a big perch...but this guy was a fairly chunky number - caught this morning on a black and gold toby at Pupuke
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Nice one JamesD thats a good one they have been rumoured to go double figures in the South Island but the biggest I have heard of was 8pound from Lake Kereta.(Where fishiong is now banned)
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Used to instruct diving in Lake pupuke and we went in off the wharf by the pumphouse.About 50 metres off the wharf to the righ there is a buoy,at the bottom of that always saw plenty of perch about teh same as the one jamesd has caught.Often hand feed them and on night dives you woudl not believ the numbers of perch we often saw.There are some blimmin big salmon in there as well,we once saw a dead one that was a good 90 cm.
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Going hard.... Salmon in Pupuke....really?
 
I've seen plenty of big perch in Pupuke (best area is between Carmel and Milford Primary) whilst spearfishing.
Kereta and Ototoa have a pretty big average size
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I visited the Mahurangi Technical Institute a wee while back and saw their Perch farm in full swing.  The biggest one they had was 2.4kg, but apparantly the record stands at 6kg for NZ.
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Originally posted by Rusky Rusky wrote:

I visited the Mahurangi Technical Institute a wee while back and saw their Perch farm in full swing.  The biggest one they had was 2.4kg, but apparantly the record stands at 6kg for NZ.
Are,nt those ones a different species "Silver Perch" for cleaning up after Grass Carp and eating plankton etc.?
 
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Nope. 100% Perch. 
 
Heres a picture, coudn't get any in focus as they were quite active:
 
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Where was the massive perch caught Lemmy? what a monster!!!
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Woah!!! Where abouts in Northland are good spots for Perch Lemmy???
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Not to keen to reveal locations online sorry,but any of the dune lakes on the West Coast contain big Perch just no one targets them specifically.
Big Perch eat big baits and some of the best ones have fallen to ledgered Dead baits preferably "freshly killed"Perch or trout up to 2 pounds at night.
During the Day live baits and lures are more productive but most Big Perch Anglers just use the day as a bait catching time and concentrate their efforts to coincide with the nocturnal activitys of the big boys who have been swimming New Zealands lakes since the 1800,s reaching 12lb to 13lb.
 
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Thanks for that lemmy - I just like perch but prefer using lures. Biggest so far probably around 3-4lb actually from turtle lake in hamilton before they cleaned it out  but might try for some jumbos up north after seeing that pic. staggering Shocked
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thanks Lemmy fair enough about not revealing locations but i think you gave given us enough general info! so Steve when are we going? LOL
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Also i often wonder why more people don't target Perch? they are a good eating fish from clean water and can be caught on similar methods to the current soft baiting craze with Snapper.
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I disagree Simon.  They taste like rubbish and dont have the firm texture and lack size to make a satisfying meal.

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Cam is playing cricket all weekend - had a good frost today - hope that doesn't put the brakes on.
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Originally posted by Rusky Rusky wrote:

I disagree Simon.  They taste like rubbish and dont have the firm texture and lack size to make a satisfying meal.



im going to try one anyway and see what they are like... even if they are crap I'm still keen as to land a biggie on light gear. I guess the yellow perch they catch in the states are a lot different eating wise?
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Originally posted by arjay arjay wrote:

Cam is playing cricket all weekend - had a good frost today - hope that doesn't put the brakes on.


nah Perch are one of the few coarse fish you can still catch in winter... ive been out at Hamilton lake during the middle of winter freezing my ass off and caught heaps.
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