Barra like their food moving.
Because of this, thrashing the water to foam luring can be a very successful technique.
But if you prefer to sit back and enjoy a coldie while fishing, live bait is going to be your best option.
Yes you may have caught one on a strip bait once or twice, but I can guarantee it was only because it was swinging in the current and the fish was VERY hungry!
So if you are new to bait collecting, there are plenty of areas to target for your bait, some will be plentiful in your local area and some will not.
Really the only way to get proficient is to practice practice practice and check out new spots.
One of the most productive locations I frequent to catch my bait are creek mouths on beaches.
These areas often hold good numbers of blue fin beach mullet (practically my favourite barra bait) as well as whiting and gar which are great for bigger fish.
Because the water is generally clear, a good set of sunnies is a must.
Throwing your net willy nilly is a good way to get yourself exhausted but not an efficient way to catch bait.
Spot the bait first and throw just ahead of them. You will soon work out which way they dart for cover.
They do spook easily though, so be sure to keep the kids, dog and anyone else back from the waters edge as you creep up on them.
These by-standers can keep an eye out for crocs which is a very good idea in the tropics.
If you had a go at cast netting but got covered in muck or stung by a stinger stuck in the mesh, you can check out our two previous posts which show you exactly how to avoid these two issues;
This short video shows you where to focus your collecting once you have found a likely looking beach creek.
And if you are wanting to know the best way to rig your livies after you have caught them, check out this post for details:
Did you know we have an entire module on catching bait in our online course Barra Basics?
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