Archive for the ‘Barramundi Fishing’ Category
It has been a poor year for barramundi fishing thanks to last year’s terrible wet season, and that’s partly why there hasn’t been many posts from us on this site this year. The northern bluewater fishing has taken up the slack, with loads of spanish mackerel, as well as the usual trevally, queenfish, and reef fish. br> br>
However, another wet season is upon us and it has started well, with heavy rain as early as November. Visit www.fishingterritory.com for the latest barramundi fishing reports from fishos. br> br>
Meanwhile, if you are friends with a fishing family and they have had a new arrival, here’s something different for Christmas, “livebait shirts” … http://www.fishfinderbooks.com/index.php/cPath/76 br> br> br>
We’ll be getting back to fishing posts soon as the North Australian wet season 2013/14 kicks off. Meanwhile, perhaps grab a copy of our latest mag, it has an 8-page Darwin Harbour fishing map, among other things … http://www.fishfinderbooks.com/product_info.php/cPath/41/products_id/626
All fishos should visit Corroboree Billabong, a waterhole on the NT’s Mary River, at least once.
It is a beautiful and a prolific barramundi fishing spot, renowned for its wildlife, including big crocodiles.
Every year the fishing quality is quite different, depending on how big the wet season was.
This year there wasn’t a big flood, and saratoga and tarpon have been the main catch around the lilies.
There are plenty of smaller barramundi about, and the odd big fish to keep life interesting, such as this one, Lesley Mason from Sydney with a nice Corroboree Billabong barra, caught with Obsession Fishing Safaris.
Obsession’s Justin said: “We have been getting a lot more barra on the cast this year than the troll.
“With the late Wet, the lillies did not get a good flushing so there are a lot of old stems standing which fouls lures on the troll.
“So a change of game plan has done the job and casting weedless soft plastics to the weed beds and amongst the lily stems is the way to go, we are also catching a lot of ‘togas this year also.
“So away with the baitcasters and in with the spin sticks and the old faithful electric.
“We have been using one of Daiwa’s new mid-range spin rods the Swamp Donkey. which is a great all rounder.”
Other NT waterholes such as 2-Mile and 4-Mile Holes on the Wildman RIver, have produced the same quality of fishing this year.
Corroboree Billabong is a good place to fish weedless surface lures and flies. Nearby Hardies Lagoon and the Rockhole are also great spots. All are accessible off shirt dirt road sections from the sealed Arnhem Highway.
It is election time in the NT, and fishing policy is always keenly watched.
Discussion has started on the www.fishingterritory.com forums about the NT CLP fishing policy pre-election release, which includes a promise to buyback a significant barra net licence and close Chambers and Finke bays to nets … read it here.
However, the following poll shows that NT fishermen are split on whether they will be voting on fishing policy, or something else … click here.
The Labor fishing policy release is here.
And here’s the latest barramundi in The Metre Club.
The NT’s Labor Government has been a leader in developing recreational barramundi fishing, by reallocating the resource away from commercial netting in selected areas.
The Top End’s barramundi fishing is now second to none, and the latest proposed changes look set to turn the fishing quality up from 10 to 11.
The proposals will increase the number of trophy fish, and remove netting from popular sportfishing areas.
Details here, after reading this you won’t want to fish anywhere else!
The attached map shows the existing no-net zone near Darwin, and the proposed new zone.
Most people use baitcaster (overhead) equipment to catch barramundi. Powerful light graphite rods capable of handling 10kg line are the norm. The rods are normally of average length so they can be easily handled in a boat, and can work as a casting and trolling rod.
With spinning reels, lighter line is usually employed to cast ultralight lures, so the rods are lighter, and often a little longer than those used with baitcasters.
Some of the Venom range from Pure Fishing that are suitable are …
1201373 V 700 COPPERHEAD SPIN, Braid 3-5kg, PE .6-1 TELE BUTT 1pc 2.13mt [7’ 0”]
1201374 V 700H BLACK MAMBA SPIN, Braid 4-7kg, PE .8-3 1pce 2.13mt [7’ 0”]
1201375 V702XH KING BROWN SPIN, Braid 5-10kg, PE 1-4, 1pce 2.13mt [7’ 0”]
1201379 V610TT SIDEWINDER BC, Braid 4-8kg, PE1-2 1pc 2.07mt [6’10”
1201380 V671TT DIAMONDBACK BC, Braid 6-10kg, PE2-5 1pc 1.99mt [6’7”]
Daiwa also make some nice rods, as do Shimano.
Here’s some suitable Daiwa models …
TMZ-G 70MFS “Slayer” Spin 1 7’0” Medium Fast ¼–½Oz 8–16Lb
TMZ-G 70MHFS “Extractor” Spin 1 7’0” Medium Heavy Fast ⅜–1Oz 10–20Lb
TMZ-G 631MMHFB “Jack Knife” Baitcaster 1 6’3” Medium Heavy Fast ¼–1Oz 8–20Lb
TMZ-G 681MHRB “Deep Plugger” Baitcaster 1 6’8” Medium Heavy Regular ¼–¾Oz 8–20Lb
TMZ-G 681MHRB “Deep Plugger” Baitcaster 1 7’0” Heavy Fast ¼–1½Oz 15–30Lb