Braid vs Mono

Barra Fishing Tip: Braid vs Mono for barra

Over the years I have been asked several times what I run on my rods, braid vs mono.

Last month I did a short presentation for the opening of the new BCF Deeragun store Townsville and was asked the same question.

Braid vs Mono

Basically, to answer the braid vs mono question…

I use mono over a fiberglass rod (6′ 0″ to 6′ 6″ foot) coupled with a good quality spinning reel for live baiting because it has more give.

For lure casting, trolling and jigging I use braid with a graphite rod because it is more direct.

I explain why further in this short video.

Fishing gear used…

For example, the 102 cm barra shown in the photo below was caught jigging a Species 95.

Braid used was Rovex 20 lb on a Rovex Revenge 12 kg, 5’6″ rod and Quantum Exo bait caster.

I love these reels because they are reasonably prices and have a great drag.

Species 95 can be hard to get hold of but can be purchased at Hinchinbrook lures Facebook page via this link: Hinchinbrook Lures.

The lure featured in the video is the Kato Karnage Mr Minnow FL125 blue eye olive available from BCF Deeragun Townsville.

The braid vs mono debate can be a heated one and for sure, some people prefer one over the other.

But for me, braid is direct for luring and mono has more give for live-baiting.

Using braid vs mono will make a difference to your hook up rate.

Tim with a golden 102cm Hinchinbrook barra (Hooked on Hinchinbrook)


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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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  • Eric Conlan

    Reply Reply September 21, 2022

    Composing with style and getting great compliments on the article is very hard, to be honest.But you’ve done it so serenely and with so cool feeling and you’ve nailed the activity. This article is had with style and I am giving great compliment.

    • Ryan Moody

      Reply Reply September 22, 2022

      Cheers Eric, appreciate your kind words mate

  • Paul Whetham

    Reply Reply April 29, 2016

    Hi Ryan, I have been googling trying to find the right Barra rod to buy. I realise there’s a lot of variables so here is my situation.
    I’ll be calling in to Roper Bar, Shady Camp, King Ash Bay. I have a boat and will be casting hard body and soft plastic lures into rivers and creek.
    I was thinking of buying a Shimano Stradic 3000 C14 reel ( they googled well and I can’t handle a baitcaster) Will take your advice on a reel though. With regard to lures, I was looking at anything up to a Halco 190 laser pro. Can you please recommend:-
    Rod type
    Casting weight.
    Appreciate your expert advice.

  • John

    Reply Reply April 4, 2016

    When you are using braid for lures what do you and how do you connect to the lure. Braid directly or with a swivel clip or do you go to a trace etc ?? Thanks

    • Ryan Moody

      Reply Reply April 5, 2016

      Hi John, I use a wind on leader system consisting of bimini double knot, attach leader with an albright and at the end of the leader we use a perfection loop to attach the lure. Cheers mate.

  • Ryan Moody

    Reply Reply February 10, 2015

    I use 10kg for everything inshore whether its braid or mono, cheers

    • clive

      Reply Reply March 14, 2016

      Thank-you Ryan that video regarding lone size and type just answered a question i was going to ask you ,cheers

  • Mark Morzone

    Reply Reply February 10, 2015

    Hi Ryan

    Could you please tell me what size mono line you use for Barra and Fingermark in the channel


  • Shane Anderson

    Reply Reply June 7, 2014


    Thanks for tips mate. Keep up the great work I am letting all my mates know about your website. Really appreciate the effort


  • mick hicks

    Reply Reply June 5, 2014

    enjoyed the video, short and too the point.

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