Canary Kurper Fishing.
At times a pest but canary kurper fishing can be a saving grace when other fish aren’t biting.
The canary kurper is surely one of the most commonly caught species in the Lowveld areas of South Africa. This little fish can be viewed as a nuisance when you are targeting bigger species of fish. but for the novice or young angler it can bring hours of fun. Canary kurper fishing is relatively easy and can be done by anyone. This fish is also known as the kerriebek or kanarie kurper (Afrikaans). This fish is mostly caught during the warm summer months, especially over December and into January.
Although this fish is named kurper, it is actually a member of the river bream family. It can be identified easily by looking at the following aspects. The canary kurper has a rather slender body and a truncated caudal fin which almost looks like it has been cut off at the end. The mouth is upward facing and the jaws are lined with 2 rows of conical and bicuspid teeth. The colour towards the top of the fish is olive brown, with a silvery white on the sides and the scales have an orange-red base. Mature males are easily set apart by their bright yellow chest. On the anal fin of the male, there are orange-red spots (Egg spots). The Canary Kurper can grow to a length of about 800mm and a maximum weight of around 1Kg.
Canary Kurper Fishing is mostly done in shallow water close to water plants. You can be successful when fishing deeper water, but these fish usually stick to the shallows. These fish almost always swim in schools. These schools of fish can easily be spotted by the ripples that they create on the water’s surface. These canary kurpers can at times jump out of the water and make it real easy to locate them.
The best thing about Canary Kurper Fishing is that it will keep you busy while you wait for the big one on your main fishing rods. These fish brings youngsters back because they don’t get bored. I love these fish, but I hate them when they steal my carefully prepared big fish baits off my hooks.
How to catch the Canary Kurper.
The canary kurper will bite on any fleshy type bait and at will also take artlure, especially when they are feeding aggressively. The best bait for canary kurpers still remains earthworms. The hooks that the fisherman uses must be small and the rod must also be light. When these fish are biting there will be no time to fix a bite indicator or “policeman” to your line, so one must just stand with rod in hand. When a tug or pull is felt on the rod tip, it is time to strike. You really have to be quick as these fish bite extremely quickly and can sometimes even hook themselves. Another option to consider is to fix a float to your line and this will indicate the bite as well.
Enjoy canary kurper fishing. It is actually because of them that I, and I believe many more fishermen became hooked on fishing ourselves.