Rock Flagtail ( Kuhlia rupestris )

kuhlia rupestris

A small Jungle Perch Caught on a lure.

Common Name Flagtail, Jungle Perch, Rockmountain Bass, Mountain Trout, Buffalo Bream

Local NameDamagan (Tagalog); Damagan (Cebuano)

Max Size:  45 cm (2.7 kgs)

Biodiversity: Freshwater, Brackish

DepthSurface  – 5 meters

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size LimitNone

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Shrimp, small fish, worms, other small crustaceans

IUCN Red List Status(LC) Least Concern

The Rock Flagtail are a somewhat rare species here in the Philippines generally found in clear fast flowing streams that feed into the sea.  Most Flagtail that can be found in these streams are generally small in size however this species can grow to an impressive size.  The many different common names of this species tell of its uniqueness.  This species is probably the most similar in terms of feeding pattern, location and size to western species like trout, smallmouth bass, and perch.  Because of this, Jungle Perch make a good target species for fly fishermen and ultra light tackle fishermen.

philippine record jungle perch

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Philippines Rod and Reel Record:

Angler:  Luigi Beja

Location:  Taguanao River, Mindanao

Date:  December 17, 2016

Weight:   2.1 kgs

Bait:  Lure

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