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The Beautiful South African Red Breast Tilapia
The Redbreast Tilapia, also known as the Redbreast Kurper, is a very common freshwater fish in the river systems, dams, floodplains, lakes and pans of Southern Africa. The Red Breast Tilapia is a widely distributed fish in the waters of South Africa. They live for approximately seven (7) years and have been known to grow up to lengths of close to 50 centimeters and attain weights of 2,5 kilograms; however the South African angling record for the Red Breast Kurper is at 1,9 kilograms. The Red Breast Tilapia's diet is made up of aquatic invertebrates, vegetation, water plants and occasionally small fish. The Red Breast Tilapia is a very popular angling species and is highly valued as an aquaculture fish species. This particular species of South African fish is commonly introduced into dams to help control the weed problem.
The Red Breast Tilapia is related to the Blue Kurper and is part of the extended Perch family. This species of Kurper is under no threat other than loss of habitat. The Redbreast Tilapia can live in water up to depths of 8 meters. There are numerous methods of catching the Redbreast Tilapia; they can be read about underneath this paragraph.
How To Catch The South African Redbreast Tilapia (Kurper)
The Redbreast Tilapia is an often easily over looked fish and can provide hours of fun for all anglers on light tackle. Without a doubt worms are the best bait you can use for Redbreast Tilapia. More in particular earthworm. Bread, mealies, small insects and feathered lures also catch good numbers of these fish.
Redbreast Kurper enjoy water from shallow depths to water of 8 meters deep, and cover is essential. You will see all sorts of sizes of these Redbreast Tilapia in the same area. They will attack almost any bait, so if you are not having any luck with mealies (For Example) try bread and you should start catching immediately. Very small hooks should be used for catching these extraordinary fish. Two or 3 hooks on the same trace should do the job nicely in a big school of fish.