Kurper Fishing in South Africa

Kurper Fishing in South Africa.

Fun Fishing in the Summertime is to fish for kurper.

Kurper Fishing in South AfricaKurper Fishing and in particular fishing for the Blue Kurper (Mozambique Tilapia), is not recommended for the lazy angler. When these fish are on the bite there is no time to sit and drink your brandy or beer, there is almost no time to fix or put on your bite indicator. You often have to stand with rod in hand to be ready for the bite.

The kurper prefers the warm water of the summer months and is caught in shallow water. When hooking into a larger sized adult you will quickly realize that pound for pound this is an excellent fighting fish on light tackle.

This is also a great species to target for beginners as they are easy to catch and will readily bite on almost any bait presented to them. The best bait to use for kurper fishing is earthworms and preferably the red earthworms as I have found them to work best. The kurper will also take lures like spinners or soft plastics when feeding.

There are many species of tilapia for example the canary kurper, the Mozambique tilapia (blue kurper), the red breast tilapia (red breast kurper) and the banded tilapia (Vlei Kurper), so for a beginner this is great as you could move up your species count rapidly when targeting tilapia.

These fish will bite very quickly and you need to be quick to set the hook on your target before it steals your worms of the hook. Kurper fishing is great fun, especially for starters or youngsters and when nothing else is biting, you can keep yourself busy with these fish.

These blue kurper are really great little fish to start and the equipment needed is light and inexpensive and therefore these little fish are very highly recommended for beginner fishermen, but can also be well enjoyed by established fishermen.

Watch video below to see blue kurper caught on artlure.


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  2. The best is probably Loskop, or at least it’s the one that’s always in then news for Kurper fishing. Hartbeespoort also had some good tilapia catches in the previous year.

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