THE LOWVELD LARGESCALE YELLOWFISH
A nice South African fish to fish for.
Lowveld Largescale Yellowfish
Grootskubgeelvis, Labeobarbus marequensis
Identification of the Lowveld Largescale Yellowfish
The pectoral fin of the Largescale Yellowfish starts in front of the pelvic fins and the scales of the fish is as the name suggests large. The mouth is set slightly below the nose. This fish also has 2 pairs of barbs or feelers next to it’s mouth. The colour of the fish can be from a light olive green to dark golden yellow. This fish grows to a size of 50 centimetres with a weight of up to 6 kilograms.
Distribution of this fish
Widely distributed from the Zambezi river system up to the Phongolo system.
How to locate this Yellowfish
This fish can be found in streams or at the top of waterholes in rivers. Sandbanks and gullies are also a good place to look for these fish. If there is an island inside the river it is best to look for these fish at the bottom side of the direction of the stream.
Baits to use
Insects and other fleshy baits are good to use. Flying ants, small crabs, frogs platannas and small bait fish like ghieliemientjies, worms can also be used and artlure in the form of fly fishing is commonly used.
Tackle to use to catch this Yellow
Medium tackle as well as medium sized hooks can be used.