Pictured above: 3.2kg hampala barb caught off Kaeng Krajan reservoir at around 11 am in the morning.

English names: Hampala barb, jungle barb, jungle perch.

Scientific name: Hampala macrolepidota.

Thai name: Krasoob keed (กระสูบขีด).

Description: These ray-finned fishes have an almost golden plate of scales, a red tail fin with black edges and a characteristic brownish stripe along its dorsalventral axis (along its medial) between its spinal dorsal fin and tail fin. An average fish is about 1-2kgs. Anything bigger than 2kg is quite big. Anything bigger than 3kg is really big. Anything bigger than 4kg will probably get you a round of drinks at the bar. I have seen a hampala barb corpse that had grown up to 6kg and died of old age on the river banks.

Jungle barbs, unlike the snakeheads are not air-breathers. They breath underwater the old-fashioned way meaning that they need clean waters to survive.

They are also very fast swimmers. The jungle perch is a predatory fish that hunts in shoals and like the barramundi its’ hunting method is all about speed that’s why a mid-sized jungle perch can usually put up quite the fight when hooked.

How to catch them: Jungle perches tend to go after any fast moving object going through the water. Spoon lures and surface lures such as poppers are very popular for the effectiveness.

Tastiness: The hampala barb is a respectable table fish. Its preference for pristine waters ensures the clean taste of their white flesh.

2 Responses to Jungle Barb (krasoob keed)

  1. Alex West says:

    Alai Wah?! I thought the one I caught at Bang Phra was big…must have been a 1 kg barb. Seeing this one just reminds me how much of an amateur I still am…or maybe I just don’t get enough time to fish!

    Caution: They are known to have many bones…

  2. Michael says:

    Where is Kaeng Krajan reservoir? Never heard of it.


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