Weekly Report 12 Feb 08

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Weekly Report 12 Feb 08

Post by Brad » Tue Feb 12, 2008 6:39 pm

Although many people will think that the recent bout of rainy weather may not be doing them any favours regarding fishing, on the barra scene, it couldn’t be better! With the amount of run-off going into the river systems, a lot of them are running fresh and some are even in flood. This means that there may be some very big barra being carried into the lower reaches of our rivers and creeks. Since all freshwater barra have an inbuilt instinct to head to the salt water to allow them to complete their breeding cycle, these barra could travel as far as our river estuaries and even to our closer inshore reefs.

Tackle selection is very important in chasing this species. Many a tear has been shed because of fishing with gear that is too light. Fifteen to twenty-five kilo line in mono or braid matched with twenty to thirty kilo leader should be adequate. Lures ranging from 80mm to 150 mm in length are ideal. Have a selection of lures which will dive to depths between one and five metres. Colour selection is fairly important with gold and silver being most popular. I find if the water is murky try bright colours such as fluoro yellows and greens. Upgrade all hardware on lures to heavy duty split rings and hooks. For the bait fisherman, live-bait hooks around the 5/0 to 6/0 size are a must. These hooks are extra heavy in strength and are especially designed for live-baiting. Use as little as possible or no weight at all so that the bait can swim freely. Poddy mullet, sprat and gar are prime baits.

Structure is the key to hook onto one of these aggressive fish. Barra don’t like to expend a lot of energy, so they hide in areas where there is little or no current. Drop-offs around sunken rock bars, back eddies and submerged timber are all prime areas. Here is where they will be waiting for an unexpected morsel to pass by. Bait fishermen and anglers who like to cast lures will have a better strike rate if they cast well into this structure. Trolling is another option because an angler can cover a lot of area in a short amount of time. Keep an eye on your sounder to find likely looking structure and then troll over it. Make sure you have the correct depth lure to suit the area you’re trolling. Try to keep the lure no further than a metre from the bottom. While trolling you could pass over the same structure five to ten times before getting a result, so don’t give up. If no results occur after this try changing your lure to a different design and colour. By keeping things simple, being patient and having some knowledge of what to look for, barramundi fishing can be enjoyed by the young, the old and the inexperienced angler.
Until next time,
Gary Leather

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