The name Barramundi is drawn down from the aboriginal name, and it means “a large scaled Silver Fish”. True to its name, the Barramundi patrol the coasts of Northern Australia, Queensland in particular. They are found in saltwater, in estuaries as well as in freshwater. A large Barramundi can weigh in at over 90lbs and its length can go up to 4 feet. All barramundi fishes are born male; some later on turn into females. To determine the age of a Barramundi, one needs to count the ‘growth rings’ present on the scales, just as one would determine the age of a felled tree.
If you’re in Queensland, rest assured that you’ve landed at the perfect place to fish for Barramundi. A charter fishing trip can be organised to land a Barramundi. These trips are not exorbitant in their pricing and give you value for money.
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Let’s take a look at what you need to do to in order to reel in a Barramundi;
- First things first; you have to be in Queensland to increase your chances, because the coastline is dotted with reefs, a favorite place for the Barramundi. Though you’ll find a lot of reserves where ‘catch and release’ techniques are practiced, it’s not half as exciting as catching them in their own waters, in the wild.
- Barramundi have a good response to a large variety of jigs as well as lures. The big secret is to match the size and colour of the lure with the prey of the Barramundi; the small fish. And you also need to be in the place where the preys roam. Generally speaking, if you use lures coloured from yellow and brown, your chances increase.
- Common and successful techniques include spooning, jigging and popping. You can also try fly fishing, which gives a nice result especially in rivers and streams.
- You need to seek out a good place, and deep spots are the best. Muddy and rocky riversides, along with ample vegetative growth, tree stumps and trees and mangroves are the best bet. The Barramundi often come up to the surface from their hiding place in search of food, keep your eyes peeled and cast the lure in their general direction.
- Use strong lures and fishing lines, Barramundi are big fish and will give you plenty of competition. Once you hook a Barramundi, wait for it to get exhausted and slowly reel it in.
So there you have it, a brief guide to catch your first Barramundi. Go for it, it tastes delicious