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Angus James

Big jungle perch in small water are a North Queensland specialty.

It’s had to believe we are half way through the year already! The tropical north has been providing plenty of exciting land-based sessions for the anglers willing to explore new country and put the hard yards in to reach those special places that rarely see human activity.

I like to call these places the honey holes! Often it will take a little research on Google Maps and a bit of a game plan. Not only is it a real thrill to explore new ground, but it can offer some of the most insane fishing sessions!

The rainforests always fishes well but this is a great time of the year to head into the jungle. The cooler weather makes for a more computable trek.

A good mate and myself recently had a great day catching plenty of tight country sooty grunter. The best thing about this style of fishing is watching these brutes race out from the snag and smash your lure right before your very eyes! And that’s just the start, even though the majority of them are around the 25cm mark, they will do everything they can to win the round! Often using the flowing water to swim past you to the next pool, whilst aiming for any timber for the bust off. It requires quick thinking and some fancy footwork to land the little fellas. I find that using an 8lb fluorocarbon leader is perfect for this style of fishing. It will last all day brushing against the rocks and keep you hooked onto the fish long enough for you to pull them from the snag. 

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