Here at Anchorline we love chasing Barra in the creeks surrounding Port Douglas when the wind is up out on the reef. There are few fishing experiences that are as exciting and rewarding as the boof of a big Barra when it takes the bait. With the water warming up and only a few days left in this years Barramundi season in FNQ, there is no better time to get out there and get amongst it. So with this in mind we thought we would share some tips for landing a big Baz.
- Know their habitat: Barramundi prefer warm, tropical waters, such as estuaries, rivers, and tidal flats. Look for structures like mangroves, rocky outcrops, or submerged logs, as these are prime locations for Barramundi to seek shelter and ambush their prey.
- Time your fishing: Barramundi are most active during dawn and dusk when they feed actively. Plan your fishing trips around these periods for the best chance of success. Additionally, fishing during the incoming tide can significantly increase your chances of a catch.
- Use live bait: Barramundi are known to be aggressive predators and are attracted to live bait such as mullet, herring, or prawns. Use live bait to entice them, and consider using a slow retrieval technique to mimic injured prey, increasing your chances of a strike.
- Opt for lures: If live bait isn't available, opt for lures that resemble the natural prey of Barramundi. Soft plastic lures, surface poppers, and shallow diving hard-body lures are effective choices. Vary your retrieval speed and style to find the best approach that triggers their predatory instincts.
- Employ stealth: Barramundi are sensitive to noise and disturbances. Approach fishing areas quietly, and avoid unnecessary splashing or sudden movements that could scare them away. Patience and a silent approach can make a significant difference in your catch rate.
- Be mindful of the weather: Pay attention to weather patterns, as changes in barometric pressure can influence Barramundi activity. A sudden drop in pressure can stimulate their feeding behavior, increasing your chances of a successful catch. Keep an eye on the weather forecast to plan your fishing trips accordingly.
- Use the right tackle: Given their size and strength, Barramundi require sturdy tackle. Opt for a medium to heavy-action rod paired with a reliable reel that can handle the fight. Use braided lines for increased sensitivity and durability, along with a strong leader to withstand their sharp gill plates and abrasive habitat.
- Master the hook set: Barramundi have bony mouths, making hook setting crucial. Wait for a moment after the strike to ensure the hook is securely set before reeling in. A swift and firm hook set at the right time can make the difference between landing a trophy Barramundi and losing it.
- Fish responsibly: Barramundi are a prized game fish, and responsible anglers should practice catch and release to maintain sustainable populations. Handle them with care, minimize the time out of water, and use proper tools for hook removal to ensure their survival post-release.
- Respect local regulations: Different regions may have specific rules and regulations regarding Barramundi fishing, such as size limits and seasonal closures. Familiarise yourself with the local fishing guidelines and adhere to them to promote conservation efforts and sustainable fishing practices.
Hopefully you find these tips helpful, and you get a chance to get out on the water before the closure starts next month. Remember to slip slop slap and good luck.
The Anchorline Team