Fishing for Barramundi Tips
Barramundi can be caught in all weather conditions so don’t be afraid of the weather, get out on the water, cast your lure out and hang on as you never know when that bite will come
There are a lot of factors that contribute to successful Barramundi fishing in our many inland impoundments, rivers and estuary systems. These factors once learnt and understood will put you well on the way to catching big Barramundi consistently. The main factors to consider are, wind direction, air temperature, water temperature, current flow, tide, barometric pressure, and also bait concentration. Wind direction causes a chain of events to happen in dams and lakes no matter where they are. Wind creates current, changes in water temperatures, air temperatures and ultimately concentrates bait fish to an area. There are a lot of myths around claiming that Barramundi do not feed when the wind is blowing from a certain direction, this is false as a Barramundi has to eat to survive as do humans, and this goes for all fish in any environment.
Depending on the direction the wind is blowing from and how hard the wind is blowing the air temperature can either rise or drop. These changes in air temperature can have a big impact on the fishing. You will need to change your tactics if the wind direction is constantly changing. The wind direction dramatically affects the water temperature; if the air is cold the water will be cold, so finding warmer pockets of water will be the key. Generally the windward side of the dam/lake will be where the warmer water will be, and thus where the fish will be. Barramundi prefer the warmer water temperatures as when the water is cold they slow right down and become very hard to catch. The easiest way to find these warmer waters is to use your sounder, but you do not necessarily need a depth sounder to find warmer water, areas like the entrances to bays, standing timber, shallow points and over rock ledges will all be warmer than the rest of the dam/lake as there is some part of these areas out of the water all of the time, so concentrating on these areas will see good results.
The wind over a dam/lakes surface also creates current, this is one of your biggest tools when fishing for Barramundi, because it will point you in the direction to where you need to be fishing. To find these current lines look around objects that are protruding from the dam/lakes surface and you will see the current moving past, follow this to where it stops and you will be on the money.
The tide is the single most important factor when fishing in the saltwater. Low tide is the preferred time to fish, as the fish are concentrated to the snags. Low tide is also a lot easier to find a good location to fish as the snag is either partially out of the water or it makes an eddy on the surface revealing its location under the water. Fishing in tidal areas requires a different approach, if you are trolling, troll with the tide as the predators will be facing into the current waiting for bait to come past. Same applies if you are casting, position yourself down current from the sand and cast away.
Barometric pressure will also greatly affect where and when to fish. If the barometric pressure is steady then you will be better off fishing the deeper water and around structure whereas if the barometric pressure is falling rapidly make sure your lure is in the water and you are hanging on as this is the best time to be fishing, because the fish will be feeding and hopefully your lure will be the prey!
Bait fish are forced to these locations because the food that they eat has been forced there by the wind and the current. Finding bait can be very simple in the shallows as you will see them rippling on the surface but if the current has stopped in deeper water use your depth sounder to find them. Once you have found the bait start casting because where there is bait, fish will be there predators.
But it does not end by just using the elements to find and catch fish, you need to be able to hook and land one of these brutes. Once you have found a likely looking area for fishing, you will need to be able to land the lure in the right spot. If you are fishing around timber then your casts need to be inch perfect, but they do not need to be super long because if you hook a fish on a long cast there is a lot of structure for it to go around. A good short and accurate cast in the timber will be better than belting the lure in as far as you can. Keeping the lure in the strike zone for as long as you can will really increase your chance of getting a bite, short sharp rod tip flicks will make the lure twitch but not move to far thus keeping the lure where you need it to be.
If a fish is hooked in this tight structure and is going to wrap you around a tree a good way to keep from busting off is to free spool the fish and follow it through the timber until it is in the clear again and then get back into the fight. If you are fishing the open areas like bays, points and ledges then you can use a more simple approach, using a slow wind and throwing in a couple of twitches to give the lure a sudden movement is all that is required.
Barramundi can be caught in all weather conditions so don’t be afraid of the weather, get out on the water, cast your lure out and hang on as you never know when that bite will come.
Lures: Slick rigs, hollowbellies, X-Raps
Rod: 5-10kg Spin and Overhead
Reel: 4000-5000 spin reels and baitcasters
Line: 20-50lb braid
Leader: 30-60lb tough trace
In 2016, Easter will be celebrated with the Good Friday holiday on 25 March and Easter Monday holiday on 28 March to create a 4-day long weekend.
This is the biggest and most anticipated long weekend of the year and is thus the busiest holiday time of the year on our nation’s roads. It is also one of only two times each year when almost all retail stores, restaurants and cafes close on the official public holidays (the other being Christmas).
It’s necessary to plan your Easter long weekend travel with significant lead time – ideally months beforehand. Many hotels, resorts and campsites are booked out months in advance, even a year or more for popular locations. Similarly, restaurants receive heavy bookings in advance for their Easter Sunday lunches.
Many say Karumba Point Sunset Carava Park is one of the best parks in Australia and certainly the best in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Guests return to the park year after year. And it’s easy to see why when you see the beauty of the park and surrounding area. It is right next to the beach and boat ramp, has all the facilities, slabs, shade, shop, pool, barbecues, showers, toilets, TV, sites, cabins, villas, entertainment, roast nights and a free monthly sausage sizzle.
300 meters up the road you have the Sunset Tavern where you can get a feed, a beer, play the pokies, and get a bet on the dogs or the horses. Maybe you can win 70 million on the Lotto!! Or just grab a beer and a feed and watch a sunset that will blow your mind. Later on you can take in the quite solitude of the park and look up to see a million stars through the crystal clear air.
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The Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park is perfect for long and short term stays and travelers of all ages. We hope you enjoy your holiday whether it be a short or long stay as Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park is the ideal place for you to visit. Stop and take the time out to absorb the surroundings and great atmosphere.
Come stay relax and enjoy! Activities and Interest: Fishing, Tour, Animal Viewing. Birdwatching, Crabbing, Farm/Station activity, Fishing – Beach, Fishing – Game Fishing, Fishing – Estuary, Flora, Marine Animal watching, Photography, ScFlights, Sightseeing, Outback Trail Walking25 Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Fishing Birds
FISHING COMPETITION 2016
APRIL 1st, 2nd and 3rd 2016 – Karumba Community Anglers Classic – dates now confirmed
Major Raffle carried through from 2015 -tickets available- $10 each – dinghy, motor, trailer package – prizes and sponsorships exceeding $25,000 in value – THIS WILL NOW BE DRAWN ON SUNDAY NIGHT 3rd APRIL AT THE PRESENTATIONS approx 8.30pm – all proceeds from this raffle go directly to Barramundi restocking in Gulf waters….fish for a fishing future.
Seniors – 16yrs+ with Juniors being 6 to 15yrs inclusive and special categories for 0 – 5yr olds. Nominations – Adults $15 each – Juniors $7 each and 0-5yr olds $3 each.
EARLY BIRD NOMINATIONS – prize draw – forms available from 29th February and need to be lodged before 5pm on 25th March – email gulfbarrarestocking.com.au or phone Yvonne ( as below)
Nomination location and times will be notified at a later date – watch this space so they say….
Categories include Catch and Release Barramundi – King Salmon, Blue Salmon, Grunter, Bream, Queen and Mystery Weights – Heaviest Open Scale other species – nomination prizes and more…
ALL PROCEEDS to be shared with Karumba Community projects and not for profit groups including Gulf Barramundi Restocking Association.
Lots of fun and activities for all the family over the weekend – some and enjoy an adventure in the Gulf these Easter school holidays.
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