You cannot target barra during the barramundi fishing closure

Barramundi fishing closure

The east coast Barramundi fishing closure runs from midday 1st November to 1 February each year.

The Gulf of Carpentaria closed season for barramundi runs from midday 7 October to midday 1 February (but possession on boats allowed to midday 17 October).

It is prohibited to deliberately target barramundi in Queensland (even for catch and release) during the barramundi fishing closure, as the stress of capture may prevent a fish from spawning.

Barramundi are a prized sports fish in north Australia but cannot be targetted in Queensland from Nov to Feb due the the barramundi fishing closure.

Barramundi are a prized sports fish in north Australia but cannot be targetted in Queensland from Nov to Feb due the the barramundi fishing closure.

The barramundi fishing closure in Queensland is designed to protect spawning aggregations of fish from disturbance and capture. Barra in dams and impoundments however, are able to be targetted as they cannot spawn without access to saltwater.

Million dollar fish

However these rules do not apply in the Northern Territory where barra are plentiful and NT management have taken a different path to protect the species.

In fact they have a unique initiative underway at present to attract barra anglers to the Northern Territory during the barramundi fishing closure in Queensland.

It’s called the “million dollar fish” and gives barra anglers the chance to win $1 million dollars by catching one of five “million dollar fish” tagged with a special tag and re-released into the waterways.

This year the competition is in it’s fourth season and has a ton of new prizes including $25,000 worth of fishing gear etc. even if you don’t catch a fish!

The main attraction however are one of three major prizes;

  • 5x One million dollar fish tagged and released into the environment. (Once one of the million dollar fish are caught the other 4 will revert to $10,000 fish).
  • 100x Ten thousand dollar fish. While you may think this is a needle in a haystack, these are actually caught quite regularly!
  • 20x Five thousand dollar charity barra. ($2500 to the angler and $2500 to a nominated charity).

We had a ball last time we headed to Darwin, spending some quality time in a place called Dundee.

So if a trip to the Territory is on your bucket list. it may be well worth your while to head there during the Queensland barramundi fishing closure and try your luck at catching a million dollar fish!

You MUST register for million dollar fish before you start fishing. Imagine catching a tagged fish and not being able to claim your prize as you weren’t registered! That would be the ultimate fishing FAIL.

And talking about fishing fail…

We certainly had an eventful last day before the barramundi fishing closure

This year we were joined by Matty Young from Jarvis Walker Brands to film some fishing tips using their gear.

Matty is a top level photographer and took our favourite fish photo – one that was ultimately used on the cover of the now defunct Fish Life journal.

Big barra photo taken by Matty Young for Fish Life journal.

Big barra photo taken by Matty Young for Fish Life journal.

 

Anyhoo, as the barramundi fishing closure each year starts at midday, it is pretty much par for the course that we go out in the morning to have a crack at a final metery for the season.

And this year was no exception.

To find out what happened (including the part where I nearly pulled off the catch of the century with 30 seconds to go before the barramundi fishing closure), watch the video below.

We also take you through how to register for million dollar fish in case you decide to head to the NT for a top holiday and to take part in their unique initative. Who knows… you might come home with more money than you left with!

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Of course, once in the territory, the more barra you catch, the more chances you have to win.

We have plenty of barra fishing tips here on the site and for those truly dedicated, check out our online fishing course Barra Basics.

We have an active community of dedicated barra anglers in the Territory that have done our course and the results are in. More barra in less time is pretty much the order of the day.

 

There is no barramundi fishing closure in the northern territory

One of our Barra Basics students catching more barra in less time using our knowledge.


If Barramundi are your passion, or maybe you're about to head to the NT during the Qld barramundi fishing closure and would love to catch your very first, I explain what gear you'll need to take including my favourite go to lures, in my Gear and Tackle Cheat Sheet. 

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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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