Barramundi Season Opens 1st February 2016
How to Catch Barramundi
Other names: Lates calcarifer, barra
Found from the border of the Northern Territory in the north down to the top end of Shark Bay in the south, although Barramundi are most common in Karumba. Barramundi are found in both coastal areas and estuaries, but spawn only in estuaries. They inhabit a wide variety of habitats including tidal rivers, freshwater lagoons, and coastal foreshores.
Barramundi Opening and Closing Season
Throughout the Queensland east coast, a closed season applies to barramundi from midday 1 November to midday 1 February.
Throughout the Gulf of Carpentaria and adjoining waterways west and south of the intersection of longitude 142°09’E with the shore at high tide, a closed season applies to barramundi.
The Gulf of Carpentaria closed season for barramundi for is midday 7 October to midday 1 February (but possession on boats allowed to midday 17 October).
It is also prohibited to deliberately target barramundi for catch and release during these closed seasons, as the stress of capture may prevent a fish from spawning.
Rigs and Techniques
When fishing for barramundi, a 6-15kg braided mainline fished on a bait-casting outfit is a good setup. The most common fishing method for catching Barramundi is hard-bodied lures with a slow, twitching retrieve with occasional hard twitches. Anything from minnows to shads or rattling lures can be successful. Other methods include live bait rigs and trolling with diving minnows.
Barramundi fishing is usually best at early morning, late afternoon or night. Estuaries and tidal flats tend to be the places that large females inhabit, so look for places where food might aggregate, like eddies or draining creek mouths and cast to these. The best time to be fishing is when the tide is coming in or going out and the Barramundi are forced into the tidal flats. If you are fishing in freshwater where you are more likely to find the younger males, look for cover and cast to features such as snags and drop-offs.
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