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Targeted species in Murray River System

Blog | 29 November 2013

Fishing is one of those survival tactics that was so engrossing and entertaining that it made the transition from necessity to hobby. Those lucky enough to live within convenient traveling distance to the Murray river system have a variety of game fish that they target. This variety covers the gamut of sizes and also provide a variety of differing culinary uses that keeps people coming back for more.

The Redfin and Perch

Redfin and perch are the best option to target for those who are into the pure entertainment of the sport and want to catch fish that put up a great fight. While relatively small, redfin display a healthy desire to stay in the water. The major caution for those hoping to experience this battle is to avoid heavy tackle. Equipment that is capable of hauling in a fish that weighs hundreds of pounds is going to completely overpower any fish that is five pounds or lighter, regardless of how active it is. The previous all applies to the Murray Perch as well. While both fish are fighters and are similar in size, the perch is an indigenous species and can be eaten or returned, while the redfin is an introduced species and considered a nuisance fish that should never be returned to the water. Luckily, redfin and perch also happen to both be delicious so keeping any redfin is seldom considered a burden.

The Catfish

These are the “best of both worlds” fish that can be found in the Murray River system. Catfish are the Murray River system’s transitional fish. For those who want a decent fight from a bigger animal, catfish fit the bill. In other words, they can grow larger than the previous fish mentioned but are a little less active when hooked. One of the big differences that sets catfish apart from other fish mentioned is that they virtually never strike artificial baits. This makes catfish the perfect species to target for more relaxed fishermen who would prefer to kick back and enjoy the day, occasionally pulling in a fish, instead of actively casting and retrieving during the entire outing. A protected species, the catfish must be returned after caught.

The Murray Cod

Australia’s largest freshwater fish, the Murray Cod can grow to hundreds of pounds. They are also quite delicious. This combination makes them the favorite target for both anglers who want a trophy picture next to the massive fish they caught and those who wish to fill the freezer with fish. Sportsmen who revel in the fight will likely steer clear of the Murray Cod, since the only real challenge to reeling them in is the sheer size of the animal.

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