A fisherman showing off a record breaking Nile Perch, about 5-6 feet in length.

The Nile Perch (Lates niloticus) is a freshwater fish from the family Centropomidae and the genus Lates. This fish was found first in the Congo and Nile River, and now found in several places through out Africa and even Egypt. Though this fish is called Perch, it isn't a true Perch. This fish can grow to legendary proprtions, some reaching 6 feet in length and weighing almost 500 pounds. Juvenile Nile Perch eat only things such as Zooplankton, but when fully mature, the fish will eat usually just animals smaller than it. They are known to be very attracted to fake baits.