Jungle Perch Fishing Thailand
Hampala Barb
Hampala macrolepidota
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Jungle Perch Fishing Thailand
Freshwater Fish of Thailand

Scientific Classification



Hampala macrolepidota

Facts & Figures

Common name:
Jungle perch, hampala barb
Local Thai Name:
Pla Kasoop
Max published weight:
70cm TL – 8 Kg
Benthopelagic, potamodromous, freshwater
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Jungle Perch \ Hampala Barb -Hampala macrolepidota

Freshwater Fish Species Of Thailand

The hampala barb (Hampala macrolepidota) is also known as the jungle perch although has no classification or morphology similarities to any specie of perch. The jungle perch is a freshwater fish species in the minnows or carps family (family Cyprinidae) of order Cypriniformes (carps), native to the Mekong River basin and the Chao Phraya River basin in Thailand, and surrounding Aisan countries.

Natural Food Source

The jungle perch also known as the hampala barb in its natural habitat would feed primarily on fry & fish such as talipia & Thai tiger perch. Jouveniles would begin life by feeding on plants, nekton & zooplankton.

Jungle Perch Identification

The most distinctive feature is the black bar running vertically down the side of the body between the dorsal and pelvic fins (in adults). The caudal fin is bright red and orange with black marginal stripes on each outside fin ray. The body is silver to golden in colour, very similar to the roach.

Jungle Perch Fishing Thailand

Fish Thailand venue: Fishing Khao Lem Dam
Fishing season: All year
Lake record 5.5 Kg (that is known of)

Fishing Kanchanaburi at Khao Lem Dam is one of the most prolific jungle perch fishing areas in Thailand. This awesome and beautiful predator is always caught while fishing for giant snakehead, casting towards marginal snags and weed beds. However if specifically jungle perch fishing then the most exciting and prolific technique is to locate large shoals in open water and sight fish into the shoal - feeding jungle perch will create a huge disturbance in top water when feeding.

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