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PNG JPs and Fishing Yesteryear
« on: November 01, 2011, 03:49:57 PM »
Dad's been digitising some of his old black and white prints from my childhood days in PNG (1966-1979) - and they include some of fishing adventures we had - most of these Jungle Perch photos come from an exploration trip we did with a dear friend Ian Rolls (died from flying his plane into a hill) near Wasu on the north coast we started going up an estuary looking for black bass (after going across miles of open sea in a 12 foot leaking bond wood boat with a 9 horse merc on the back) – we got so far upo the estuary and found this beautiful freshwater limestone catchment creek coming into it – casting lures at it got us followed by XOS jungle perch – so we went exploring up it on foot and followed it into the hills – pool-waterfall – riffle-run –pool until we came to a big cave where the creek came out the side of a mountain – amazing place !!

Other photos include Jungle Perch dad caught in New Ireland and Black Bass fishing in a dug out canoe with out rigger.


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Re: PNG JPs and Fishing Yesteryear
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2011, 03:50:53 PM »
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Re: PNG JPs and Fishing Yesteryear
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2011, 06:25:31 PM »
Some good memories there Jim :)

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Re: PNG JPs and Fishing Yesteryear
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2011, 08:31:58 PM »
Some classic pics there mate. Would love to toss a lure into some of those truly wild places. Bet it was the experience of a lifetime.

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Re: PNG JPs and Fishing Yesteryear
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2011, 05:58:25 AM »
Great images there Jim I wonder what the place is like now - probably just the same unless the mining giants have got in there. Thanks for sharing .PAT

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Re: PNG JPs and Fishing Yesteryear
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2011, 07:50:26 AM »
I can tell you that on New Britain, that last picture wouldn't change today.  That looks just like the Langalanga.

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Re: PNG JPs and Fishing Yesteryear
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2011, 07:09:18 PM »
Great to have those memories Jim, they will stay with you forever, just the ones you give Your kids. Love those out of the way spots. I flew in a lot of mustering choppers when I was working up north, there are creeks and rivers that never see a motor car still up there.
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Re: PNG JPs and Fishing Yesteryear
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2011, 08:48:36 AM »
Here's a old guiding shot from the gulf.
We were mother shipping in the Aramia at the time.
On another trip I caught a 6lb JP...must have been 20 years old.
Unfortunately it wasn't a time for stills, we were filming a commercial
for an American company and the whips were cracking.

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Re: PNG JPs and Fishing Yesteryear
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2011, 09:07:50 AM »
Love the quad-factor Harro, you know your in amazing country when you can pull four different species of great sportfish from the same water !! I've also seen some JPs in PNG that I reckon would of gone close to double figure (~10lb) in the old scale - but even in totally unfished waters those big ol hen fish have natural precautionary tendencies.

John, I've also spent a bit of time in choppers and light planes in the Gulf and PNG and yeah there is something to be said for throwing a lure into water where your pretty sure its never happened before...!

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Re: PNG JPs and Fishing Yesteryear
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2011, 08:28:30 PM »
You're right Jim, a few of the pilots I flew with had a rod and tackle box on board. Of course those were the days of 5ft 6in baitcasters. Don't know how you'd go cramming some of the longer rods in today. I've seen the odd chopper return back home a little late, but with a barra hanging off the skids.
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Re: PNG JPs and Fishing Yesteryear
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2011, 06:54:37 AM »
Don't want to hi jack your post Jim, but this JP was taken in the upper reaches of the Kulu last year.  It's a savage thing, looks like it's going for Chis' throat.  We also got a couple in the Langalanga and I've seen them in the Pandi and Sai.  Beautiful fish.

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Re: PNG JPs and Fishing Yesteryear
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2011, 09:16:13 AM »
I remember looking at your pictures with some jealousy Dale, our PNG wantoks taught us to wrap JPs in two layers of banans leaf tied with vines and sat on top of a coals fire, once the outside layer of leaf was scorched off - you'd pull em out and have a most beautiful feed of moist white flesh (we always carried salt in our tackle bags for the occassion) the local don't call them gris pis (gease fish) for nothing - they go like butter when cooked properly (sacriliges to even think about in most places in Qld  ::)) !

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Re: PNG JPs and Fishing Yesteryear
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2011, 09:53:27 AM »
I remember looking at your pictures with some jealousy Dale, our PNG wantoks taught us to wrap JPs in two layers of banans leaf tied with vines and sat on top of a coals fire, once the outside layer of leaf was scorched off - you'd pull em out and have a most beautiful feed of moist white flesh (we always carried salt in our tackle bags for the occassion) the local don't call them gris pis (gease fish) for nothing - they go like butter when cooked properly (sacriliges to even think about in most places in Qld  ::)) !

What happens in PNG, stays in PNG Jim. ;)

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Re: PNG JPs and Fishing Yesteryear
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2011, 10:47:31 AM »
You would be amazed at how often peoplle up this way talk about eating JP's. The kill it, fillet and grill club is alive and well up this way :-[

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Re: PNG JPs and Fishing Yesteryear
« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2011, 11:11:11 AM »
The legal bag limit of one fish a day is not too drastic if taken from a large river/population - not all JP populations are in dire straights (unlike SE Qld and developed areas) - must admit I've done a few bush hikes in the hills that have finished with one sizzling in the coals - don't know abot filleting them tho...too small and too much waste - plus the sweetest meat is sucked of the bones ;)

 

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