KURPER (Tilapia)




SIZE: Ave from 0.5kg up to 4kg (Depending on Species. Blue kurper attain large sizes, whilst re-Breasted and Canary Kurper are smaller).
SPECIES: Indigenous.
DISTRIBUTION: Widespread throughout Southern African stillwaters and rivers.
DIET: Omnivore, will take any form of readily available food.
TACKLE REQUIREMENTS: RODS: Depends on size/species targeted. a 3wt, 7'6" foot rod is a good all-round choice.
REELS: 3/4wt Reels
BACKING: No need for much backing, but take up the spool's diameter with 20lbs backing to avoid excessive memory in the fly line.
FLY LINE: Floating and intermediate line mostly, 3wt.
LEADERS: At least a 9 foot leader, tapering down to 1X.
TIPPETS: 2X, 3X, 4X.
FLIES: STREAMERS: (#8 and smaller) - Wooly Buggers (in Olive, Black and Brown), MSP (black, olive and brown), Zonkers, Crystal Buggers, Dragon and Damselfly nymphs, small Baitfish Imitations are very productive. Also Poppers and other surface flies like the DDD. Attractor patterns, GRHE, Dragon and Damselfly nymphs.
METHODS: Searching the deeper pools, with structure such as submerged trees are very productive. Weedbeds are also good holders of kurper. These fish are found in shoals, so if you catch one, chances are there are lots more in the same area. They prefer warm water, and cover such as lilies or weedbeds.
TIPS: Always de-barb your flies. It's easier to remove them from the fish's mouth and your skin. (in case of a miss-timed cast!)
Always wet your hands before handling a fish...your hands can remove their protective mucous on their skins.
Never under-gun your tackle...don't use 4X tippets when 6kg plus fish are around!