Canary Kurper

The Canary Kurper.

The canary kurper is often one of the first fish caught by many young South African anglers. One fish that almost all freshwater fishermen have caught at some time. This little fish surely holds a little piece of history for many a South African fishermen.

(Chetia Flaviventris)

Canary Kurper


Canary Kurper.

Other Names.

Kanarie Kurper or Kerriebek.

Identification of the Canary Kurper.

Like with the other Tilapia Species the Canary Kurper has sharp pointed fins, especially the dorsal fin. It is distinguished by the yellow colouration on the belly and fins, as well as red spots (egg spots), that are visible on the anal, costal and dorsal fins. The average size for these fish is about 300 grams.

Distribution of this fish throughout South Africa.

This species of Tilapia is found mainly in the Limpopo and Old Transvaal regions of South Africa up into Zimbabwe.

How to locate the Canary Kurper.

These fish are mostly caught in the summer months in shallow warm water and at times. They are usually found in schools that moves close to the surface, which makes them easy to spot. When they are feeding actively, they can become a nuisance as they will take any bait offered almost immediately.

Baits to use for this fish.

When the Canary Kurper is feeding they will take any bait, such as artlure, dough type baits, spinner baits. The favourite bait to use for this fish are earthworms.

Tackle to use when hunting for the Canary Kurper.

The tackle to use when targeting these fish are to be as light as possible. You should use tackle that are as light as possible to get the most enjoyment from this type of fishing.

This little fish gives fun times to young and old. It is probably one of the first fish that most freshwater anglers catch when just starting out. This fish can also at times be a little pest as it will steal baits that have been prepared for bigger fish. It is still a way to pass the time when no other fish are biting.