Angler conquers Godzilla on the Gulf of Carpentaria
Learn How To Catch Barramundi. It’s Not That Hard.
This is the best time to come up Karumba for Fishing.
You will have no trouble catching them!
Don’t worry if you don’t know all that much about Barra fishing.
You’ll catch one here, we’ll make sure of that. If you want some expert guidance you can get that. There are many excellent Barramundi fishing tour guides and great fishing camps or lodges along our tidal rivers and on the spectacular coast but Karumba is outrageous for fishing and spending remarkable holidays.
We stayed at Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park where each minute that we stayed was filled with surprises and fun starting from natural sceneries. Karumba is famous for dramatical morning glory to mind blowing sunsets, every night sky filled with millions of shining bright stars. Karumba Point Sunset caravan Park was surrounded by all sorts of local birds because of its greenery, Park gardens, and countless big palm trees.
That’s right, fun didn’t stop here, we enjoyed Swimming Pool, musical nights, monthly free Sizzling Sausages, mouth watering and finger licking Friday Night BBQ Recipes, Cleaned amenities, and finally above all, you will find the most friendly Park’s staff. That’s why people love to say Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park is “Your Home in The Gulf”.
Non-Anglers caught Barramundi in few minutes.
No kidding. Some non-anglers caught Barramundi, Salmon (Blue & King), Javelin (Grunter), Fingermark (Golden Snapper), Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, and Black JewFish. If non-anglers can do it, you can.
- A Bit About Barramundi Fish
- So What’s So Difficult About Barra Fishing?
- Where To Go Barramundi Fishing
A Bit About Barramundi Fish
The Barramundi (Lates Calcarifer) is also known as Silver Barramundi, Barra, Palmer Perch, Giant Perch, and (incorrectly) Nile Perch.
Our Barra are world famous as a game and sport fish, and they are prolific all across the Northern Territory and Karumba coast. Their full range extends from Shark Bay in Western Australia across the top and down to the Mary and Maroochy river systems in Queensland.
Barramundi fish live in a big variety of locations (I’m telling you, it’s not that hard…). They’re in the open water, in creeks, estuaries, rivers, billabongs…
Barramundi are predators and love to hang out near rocks and logs, where they can hide and wait for unsuspecting smaller fish or crustaceans.
The Barramundi is a big fish. It can weigh 10 to 20 kg and more, and a length of over 1 metre isn’t uncommon. Its maximum size is 1.8 metres and it will then weigh about 60 kg.
Their reproduction is somewhat unusual. All Barramundi fish start out as males. It takes them about three to four years to mature.
Then, after another year or two, usually at around age five, they change gender and become female. So the small fish you catch are male. The bigger the fish the more likely it is to be a female.
The females produce eggs which hatch within 20 hours and the larvae grow rapidly. It takes a Barramundi fish about three years to reach.
At six years of age a Barramundi fish will have reached a size of over 80 cm and will almost certainly be female.
For that reason you find that in areas that are heavily fished You cannot keep a Barramundi under 60 cms or over 120 cms. It’s catch and release so future generations of anglers will still be able to go Barramundi fishing.
If you catch a big fish and intend to release it handle it very carefully. Use a landing net without knots to lift it out of the water, and return it into the water as soon as possible.
Be careful when taking pictures. Barramundi fish are susceptible to being “stretched” when you hold them by the mouth or the gills. In other words, it is something they rarely survive. Only do that to fish that you intend to keep for the table.
So What’s So Difficult About Barramundi Fishing?
Nothing. Just ask Expert. As with all fishing, the secret to a successful Barramundi fishing trip is mostly being in the right place at the right time. And of course, as soon as you think you have things figured out the fish change the rules… But you knew that, didn’t you?
Barramundi fishing is so popular with sport fishers because of the Barramundi’s – justified – reputation of being a great fighter. High leaps, strong runs, and an uncanny ability to get off the hook, no matter how safely you thought you had them…
All in all, Barramundi fishing means thrills and action.
To experience that thrill however you have to get the basics right. Luckily Barramundi aren’t fussy eaters. They love live bait (mullet is popular) but also respond very well to all kinds of lures and even take dead bait.
Large minnow-type lures work well in the shallows. Around snags lures that get down to two to four metres can be very effective and they also work well for trolling big rivers. The noisy popper or fizzer style lures work too, and are good for night fishing. What is becoming very popular with anglers here are the newer soft plastic lures, so they must be popular with the Barramundi.
The colour of the lure (according to Expert) is up to the angler. You like red and white? Go for red and white… (I myself like the silver and golden ones.)
You can also go Barramundi fishing with heavier fly gear (but I don’t know much about fly fishing, I just know you can catch Barramundi that way.)
Barra are around all year, but they hang out in different places at different times of the year, and they are definitely more plentiful during the warmer summer months.
You need to put in a bit more effort if you want to land a big one during the dry. The colder the water the harder it gets.
Happy Barramundi fishing and I hope that you’ll join us soon here at the Metre Club!
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