Barra

Barramundi are back

barramundi

It’s been a long three month wait but I’m pleased to report that the east coast saltwater barramundi season reopens as at midday February 1. So, I’ll kick the February Capricorn Coast write up off with a few barra tips to get you ready for the season. The first thing you must do is research the gear you need to …

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Lake Monduran barramundi fishing guide

Lake Monduran

Lake Monduran is an iconic fishing destination for targeting one of Australia’s most highly regarded sportfish – the barramundi. It is situated in the Bundaberg region, about 370km north northwest of Brisbane, with Lake Monduran Holiday Park offering houses and cabins, along with powered and unpowered campsites. Make sure you book early in the warmer months, particularly around the peak …

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Tips for tempting monster barramundi

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February has finally arrived, which means the barramundi closure is over and it’s time to chase a few chrome fish. Before hitting the water to target them, you need to do a couple of checks on your gear to ensure it’s up to the task. Checks your reels to ensure your drag is smooth and your line is in good …

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Big barra in Callide Dam

callide

On the list of good barramundi dams in central Queensland is Callide. For as long as I can remember, it has grown big healthy barramundi at a fairly fast rate. Water quality must be exact for this to happen, and Callide Dam has the right conditions. It’s not an overly big storage, so you’d think catching them would be quite …

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Beginners’ guide to dam barra

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Way back in 1998, I was invited by Queensland Fisheries staff from Walkamin to visit Lake Tinaroo in an attempt to achieve repeatable results on the temperamental barramundi living there. Locals from Cairns had been struggling on the lake despite angling barramundi very successfully in saltwater environs. Our approach was to call on our extensive experience on southern Queensland’s stocked …

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It’s barramundi closed season on the east coast

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Our Fisheries Queensland East Coast fisheries manager Daniel answers some questions about barramundi closed season: Why do we have closed barramundi seasons? Closed seasons are typically developed to reduce pressure on fish stocks during a period of vulnerability. Typically closed seasons are determined around the time when the fish is most likely to be spawning, migrating or aggregating. Do we …

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Time for a mahi mahi switch up

mahi

Haven’t had a crack at a mahi mahi or two off the fish aggregating devices yet? Why not? It can be very easy to drive right past the FADS in search of your usual reef fish as the temperature starts to rise slightly, but as a novice to this species and different style of fishing, if there’s something holding you …

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Near extinct trout cod fight back

trout

By the time trout cod were identified as a species in Australia, they were almost extinct. But, according to renowned fish ecologist Associate Professor Mark Lintermans, thanks to decades of conservation efforts, they are on the verge of being upgraded from endangered to vulnerable. University of Canberra’s Centre for Applied Water Science, Freshwater Fisheries Ecology and Management, Assoc Prof Lintermans …

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Targeting saltwater barra in spring

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October is an exciting month, though it’s a bit of a sad time too. You see, it’s the final month of the open saltwater barramundi season on the east coast. Which is not easy if you’re an absolute barra nut like me and many other local anglers – to stop chasing a fish you love so much – so make …

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Techniques for catching winter barramundi

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It’s the start of winter – historically the time when most impoundment barramundi anglers put away their rods for a few months. While it’s true that the fishing can be a little tougher for a stint, barra are certainly still very catchable. In the colder months, there is one thing heavily in your favour, which is that the fish will look …

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