Gear used to tackle big barramundi

Rigs and tackle for catching barramundi in northern Australia

One of the most common questions I get asked is; “What are the best rigs and tackle for catching barramundi in Northern Australia?”

So I thought I’d make a quick video at our local BCF store to demonstrate the kind of gear you’ll need to use, not only tackle barramundi, but all sorts of tropical speedsters up here in northern Australia – from Queensland, across the Northern Territory right across to Western Australia.

This gear will stand you in good stead when fishing tropical estuarine and inshore environments and make sure that trophy fish doesn’t get away.

 

And if you’d like a cheat sheet of the gear mentioned in the video and what I personally use (some you might have to order from BCF if they don’t have it on the shelf), you can click this link and join our fishing community and I’ll send you a copy of the cheat sheet free of charge.

CLICK HERE >> Get a copy of our CHEAT SHEET of my favourite gear and tackle for fishing Northern Australia.

 

To make the most of the cheat sheet, be sure and watch the video below for usage applications and some useful fishing tips as well.

 

For those that prefer to read, here a few takeaways from the video:

Fishing with Live Bait

  • Choose a 6 to 7 foot rod with medium action and soft tip
  • Always use mono line when live baiting and I also prefer to use a spinning reel, around 600-700 in size. One of my favourites is the Fin-Nor Lethal.
  • TOP TIP – Leave the rod in the holder and let the fish hook itself.

Lure Casting Rods and Reels

  • When casting all day you want the combination to be light – so graphite or graphite composite around 5’6” in length.
  • Always use braided line for luring so you can feel every movement.
  • Baitcasters are great for casting and I love the Quantum Smoke HD baitcaster reels.
  • TOP TIP – If using a bait caster, reduce back lashes by setting your spool adjustments correctly – click here for how to video

CLICK HERE >> Get a copy of our CHEAT SHEET of my favourite gear and tackle for fishing Northern Australia.

 

 Best rods for jigging tropical estuaries

  •  A nice light rod 6-7 feet long is the go for jigging, bearing in mind you’ll be holding it all day.
  • You can use a spin reel (Quantum Smoke 40-50) or baitcaster (Quantum Speed II)
  • Designs for jigging only have the hyperlon grip cut out and smaller tip guides.
  • TOP TIP – learn the FG knot if purchasing a rod with small tip guides.

Best fishing line, leader and hooks (terminal tackle) for tropical estuaries

  • 20 to 30 lb fluoro is my preference for main line
  • Schneider clear for leader – 55lb general use, 70lb when chasing bigger fish.
  • I use Kahle style hooks for live baiting as they have a great hook up rate and most often hook in the corner of the mouth.
  • Switch out your trebles to 6X strong – unless you purchase a good Aussie made lure like Old Dog Lures as these have the top hooks standard.
  • TOP TIP – No swivel required. Use a long leader that winds onto the reel for best abrasive resistance. It’s called the wind on leader system.

Best Lures for barramundi and other tropical species.

  • Favourites are listed in the cheat sheet
  • Casting | Shallow bib, 4-6 inches long
  • Trolling | 5m – 8m depth range, 5-7 inch long lures
  • Jigging | Soft vibes such as Fish Candy, hard vibes such as the Balista Juggernaut and paddle tail plastics such as the Keitech swing impact fat and Z man.

best fishing lures for barramundi

 

GET THE GEAR CHEAT SHEET

 

CLICK HERE >> Get a copy of our CHEAT SHEET of my favourite gear, tackle and lures for barra fishing in Northern Australia (and other tropical speedsters).

For more helpful tips on gear and tackle for tropical speedsters such as barramundi, threadfin salmon, click the links below to some of our previous posts;

Easy way to tie an FG knot 

Wind on leader system 

How to set your drag correctly 

Spinning reel basics without getting line twist

Do it yourself drag washer service 

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Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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    Hey Ryan catching barramundi is very difficult task for me but after reading your post and watching your video I seems its quite easy for me. Thanks for sharing these great tips with us.

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