Collecting bait at beach creek mouths

Barra Fishing Tips: Beach creek mouths for bait

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;

Clean and dry cast net technique.

Removing box jelly tentacles from your cast net.

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:

Rigging live mullet.

Did you know we have an entire module on catching bait in our online course Barra Basics?

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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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  • Steve

    Reply Reply May 17, 2017

    My mother in law wants to have a go at net casting, now I wanna make sure I get this correct, it’s best for her to stand on a bank next to deep dark water in the early evening for best results , correct ?????

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