- Perca fluviatilis
- Alternate names: Redfin
Redfin are an introduced species, that have gradually encroached on many freshwater ecosystems throughout the east coast of Australia, pushing out many native species through predation, or just biomass pressure.
A 'tentative' fighting fish, the Redfin almost makes up for it's negatives by being an excellent table fish, and one that is spectacularly easy to fillet & skin.
It's scales tend to bind very strongly to the skin, so scaling the fish is not recommended unless you want a real workout.
They are cannibals, so Canberra members have had excellent results with lure patterns that mimic smaller redfin patterns. The Strikepro Galaxia in tiger colours is a particular favorite, as is the orange/black Killalure PakRat (4m diver). However, dark coloured sinking lures (such as Jackals) are also reasonable producers.
Redfin will often target lures or plastics that are way too large for them. It is a reasonably common occurrence to pull up a redfin that is almost the same size as your lure.
Weed beds Edit
Trolling along the outside of weed beds will often produce redfin - generally with lures that troll between 2 and 4 meters.
Soft plastics in similar areas will often produce results.
Spinner baits, or soft plastics in deep sections of the lake or stream (10m+) can sometimes bring up some very large fish - upwards of 50cm.
In WA they feed on small marron and so yabbie/ marron type lures are productive
Smaller redfin often hang around tree overhangs, waiting for insects, or other food, to drop. Casting and retrieving lures around these areas can usually result in finding a school of small redfin.
Redfin are usually a schooling fish. However, fish of similar size generally school together. If you manage to find a school of small redfin, try turning 30 degrees to the left or right, and cast again - often, a school of larger fish will be shadowing the smaller school.
Bubble Trails Edit
Redfin will often stir up bubbles when they are foraging amongst the reeds. Trolling over these bubble trails can sometimes produce some great results. (Note: Carp are another culprit).