Estuary Perch is a close relative of the Australian Bass and pursued by the same group of anglers
How To Identify:
Usually an olive green on the top of the upper body fading into a quite copper or bronze side to a sometimes white or quite golden belly. Most caught are around the 1kg mark however they potentially can reach around 3kgs. The estuary perch has more of a concave profile above the eye whereas the bass tends to be a more even profile. It is also usually slightly deeper, less cylindrical body than a Bass.
How To Catch:
Targeted in a similar fashion to Bass. Like Bass they are traditionally targeted with small lures including minnows, surface lures, and flies. They can also be taken on a variety of bait such as worms, crickets, cicadas, shrimps or yabbies. One of the best lures I have found for them is the medium rebel crawdad, fished late in the afternoon, very hard to beat that lure, though have caught on heaps of other minnows,
Estuary Perch are found in the Southern range of the Australia Bass however tend to stay in upper reaches of the estuary system in which they live instead of going into the freshwater sections of the river or creek like Bass do.