Get down for a jungle boogie
  |  First Published: June 2016

Is it really June already? Wow that came up fast! I hope everyone has had a great first half of the year and ready to spend the rest of the year having a blast of a time with plenty of bent rods and screaming drags! The weather up here in the tropical north has really started to cool down, but I assure you the fishing has continued to be red-hot.

There have been plenty of big red dogs still willing to take a well-presented artificial presentation. Try rolling a plastic around the 4” size past some structure and see what happens! The strike from these guys is so aggressive – like nothing else. It’s easy to see why so many anglers become addicted to targeting these magical fish.

Sooty grunter are always great fun to target. A tough native that puts your land-based angling skills to the test, you’ll find sooties in the tropical jungle waters and further inland in the many systems to choose from in the north.

If you use spinner baits while sooty hunting, remember to attach a soft plastic to the stinger. This will give you the ultimate presentation. The plastic, combined with the shiny spinner really gets their attention; they will follow this offering out from any snag!

Its fine to use bigger lures to target sooties, as often anglers who target big barra will get a massive sooty as by-catch. If it can fit inside their mouth – it will get smashed!

There have been some massive jungle perch caught lately up around the Tully River going over that magic 50cm mark. This sort of condition is not uncommon in this stunning part of the country.

Take a backpack with water, food, and safety gear (and of course, lures) to explore this magnificent part of Australia.

Jungle perch will take a number of presentations, but the most exciting way to target them is on surface!

Watching that sterling silver missile launch out from crystal clear water to hit your lure is something truly special. I have even had one jump out and hit my lure before it even hit the water – exciting stuff!

Remember to take as many pictures as possible when out exploring the sweet water country! Catching fish really is just a bonus. Enjoy yourselves out there folks!

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