Species: Hampala macrolepidota.
Common names: Jungle Perch, Hampala barb. Thai Name: Pla Kasoop Kit.
Distribution: South East Asia.
Habitat: It can be found in larger streams and rivers, old mining ponds, with streams running in, lakes and dams.
Hampala Barb are like Thai Mahseer one of the predator fish of the Cyprinid family (carp), it is easy to identify from the others by its streamlined body, covered with silver to gold scales. And has a combination of dark vertical bands running downwards from the anterior of the dorsal fin to below the lateral line. And black marginal striping in both lobes of the caudal fin. The rains brought by the monsoon plays an important role on deciding the timing of spawning. The size of Hampala barb at sexual maturity is 16 cm and the fish swim up into river waters during spawning season.
They prefer clear, well-oxygenated, running water with substrates of sand, gravel, rock or mud. They will lurk around structures in the flowing water. Eddies around fallen trees, branches and rocks are used to wait for passing prey. In still waters, smaller fish can be found in and around shallow weed beds. However the bigger fish will take up residence in deep waters. Areas with submerged trees or fallen logs are favorites. The species is a highly aggressive member of the Cyprinid family, and subsists on a diet of small fish and also aquatic insects.
Weight for weight they are one of the hardest fighting freshwater fish in Thailand. From is powerful strike till the last seconds before it is landed: they just never give up fighting the angler.
Size: They can grow up to 80 cm and 15 kg. (33lbs) but average size is 4-7 kg. (8,8 – 15,5lbs.) The present world record for Hampala Barb is 6.5 kg.
Fishing method: Lures such as surface lures, spoons, soft plastics, spinners, spinner baits and minnow profile plugs. Account for most of the caught. Flies like poppers, clouser minnow and also Deceivers will work for the fly fisherman. Small Hampala Barb are also are great sport on light tackle. Bigger Hampala Barb requires heavier tackle especially in snaggy areas. Fishing in water with weedy and growing vegetation using top water lures. Fishing the deep pools in the rivers with diving lures, can all be very productive fishing techniques.