Category Archives: Barra Fishing Tips

Fish hook accidents - happens to the best of them!

I’m Hooked – Fish hook accidents

Earlier this year, after 30 years on charter I had MY FIRST EVER fish hook accident. For those not on social media, here is a quick outline of the events. I was filming some new content for the land based component of our course Barra Basics with my son. Nek Minut the big local croc…

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Custom Boat Pros and Cons

Late last year we ordered a custom built boat from BMENQ in Cairns. We sold the good old barra boat when I retired from charters because we needed something a little more chop friendly. In between we bought and sold a 5.6 m Bonito as a stop gap. Mostly so we could do some filming…

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Fishing as a hobby can yield catches like this massive fish for teenager Jack.

Fishing as a hobby has amazing benefits

Fishing as a hobby has some amazing benefits, which is why I have always encouraged my kids to come fishing with me! Hoping they will get as addicted to it as I have been. Fishing as a hobby (or in my case a lifestyle) can benefit humans in so many ways… • Great exercise. Walking…

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Black Watch 40 game boat

Online fishing course lifestyle

Would you believe it’s almost the end of the decade and our online fishing courses have been going strong since 2014. If you’re anything like us, realizing that struck a bit of a chord. Cast your mind back to ten years ago. What were you doing then? How old were you? What has this past…

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Fishing for barra in Darwin

Fishing for barra in Darwin

I have been asked many times in recent years if fishing for Barra in Darwin is the same as on the east coast. In my experience, I have found them to have pretty much exactly the same habits everywhere. The only difference is you get a smaller window to have a crack at them aggregating…

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Metre plus barramundi on a handcrafted timber lure

Making timber lures that work

It’s one thing making timber lures, quite another to make ones that catch big fish. No-one knows this better than master lure craftsman Dave Killalea – now operating under the name Old Dog Lures. I have caught over 2000 massive metre plus barra in my time, many on a Dave Killalea lure. When making a…

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Fishing in Darwin with helifish

Fishing Darwin for the million dollar fish in a chopper!

Come with us and experience the trip of a lifetime as we go fishing in Darwin for the million dollar fish. But let’s face it… if you’re going to go on the hunt for a million dollar fish, you may as well do it in style. So we finally decided to tick another one off…

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Best mono to mono fishing knot

Best mono to mono fishing knot

When it comes to the best mono to mono fishing knot, there are a few to consider. But my favorite is the double blood knot. I learned to tie this as a young fella and it’s still as relevant today. Because it’s easy to tie, has tags that don’t stick out and catch on guides,…

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Best time of year to catch a barramundi

Best time of year for barramundi fishing

I wish I got a dollar every time someone asks, What is the best time of year for barramundi fishing?” Mostly from people who want to book a charter and come at the best time. Or also from anglers towing their boat long distances for a fishing holiday and want to maximise their chance of…

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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. Note: possession on boats allowed to midday 17 October. It is prohibited to deliberately target barramundi in Queensland (even for catch and…

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