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Advanced Fishing Techniques: Casting Angles

Guest writer and Ryan Moody Fishing Ambassador Ben Weston gets technical with technique in his first article for our blog.

Changing the Angle of the Dangle…

Barramundi can be a fickle or somewhat frustrating species to target with consistent results.  This is fairly obvious by the amount of grey hairs on Ryan head after 35 years of intimately targeting them, and rightly so.

I have only reached 11 years of marriage, but I reckon I could confidently say that after 11 years of chasing barra I will be reaching for the hair colouring in aisle 11 of my local Woolies to conceal the greys.  I like many have piled hours and hours of time and frustration into these things, but all is not lost, consider it learning on the job.

If you’ve completed the Barra Basics (BB) Course you will know Ryan’s framework, but those who may be sitting on the fence and contemplating participating in the course, this framework has been developed in short to put you in the right place at the right time, using the correct techniques to maximise your results.  Or ‘Fish Smarter’!

When you target barra on a regular basis, both on lures or baits you will continue to learn and grow in knowledge of the species.  Environmental conditions differ from place to place, so fish in each location may respond to differing techniques.  The long and the short of it is the more you fish, the more you learn, which I am sure Ryan will agree.

During my last trip before the close of the 2016 season, while fishing with a good mate of mine and fellow BB student Ben Gilbertson, we learnt a very valuable tool which could be the difference in making your results luring for them somewhat more fruitful.

Simply, Cast Angles!


As humans we can sometimes get stuck into what we have always known, after all we are creatures of habit.

During this session we caught 14 barra, ranging from 65 cm to a beautiful 104 cm specimen and it wasn’t a fluke.


Applying the Barra Basics framework and changing up my cast angles from the conventional casting forward of the boat and hoping the lure back to the boat with the current, to casting at a 90° of the boat and hoping the lure (which in this case was an Ecooda Live Shrimp) with the current to the rear of the boat (refer to the attached diagram) produced consistent hook ups or bites.


Ben Gilbertson catches big barramundi in Rockhampton_

Ben Gilbertson catches nice Rocky barra among many others

Westo with a Rockhampton barramundi_

Westo with a Rockhampton saltie barramundi

Westo with nice tagged barramundi

Yet another barra tagged during the "tagfest".

Cast angles helped capture this metre plus barramundi for Rockhampton angler

Cast angles helped capture this metre plus barramundi for Barra Basics student Ben Gilbertson

It became pretty obvious to us after a couple of fish that a lure presented differently made it more appealing or realistic to this particular school of fish.  It became the norm that every 2 casts resulted in either a hook up or bump, which I think one would agree pretty solid evidence that there was something in changing up the cast angle.

Continue to learn and don’t rule out anything, try everything.  They are very cool animal and smarter than what we give them credit for!  Enjoy the learning curve and good luck targeting them in 2016 and beyond.

Tight Lines,


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Additional posts on casting and luring can be found on the links below;

Baitcaster or spinning reel for lure casting

Best fishing lures to take travelling

Safe and accurate casting

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About The Author

Ben Weston

Passionate angler, fishing writer and photography enthusiast, Ben writes a under the moniker Westofish and has published articles in several well known fishing publications. Ben loves all things fishing and in recent years has developed a lure flicking addiction for some of Australia's toughest tropical species; mangrove jacks, fingermark, salmon and the iconic barramundi.

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