Category Archives: Big Barramundi

Big barra jumping action as Ryan Moody heads toward 2000 barra over a metre for clients.

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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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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fishing rocks walls for barra produced this nice metre plus fish

Rock walls for barra

When fishing rock walls for barra, we recently decided to try a technique that works a treat on charter. We decided to use the “uninterested technique” while fishing the Cardwell rock walls for barra. Now some of you may have seen this video clip on Facebook. However, this is the extended version and in it,…

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Volunteers working hard releasing barra fingerlings into the Ross River Dam

Good news for Ross River Dam

Ross River Dam has been in the sights of the Townsville Barramundi Restocking Group for quite a few years and they recently came one step closer to being part of the stocked impoundment permit scheme and creating a world class barramundi fishery in the dam. While Townsville City Council are primarily concerned with water quality…

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When you tag and release fish you learn the history when it gets recaptured.

Why you should make the effort to tag and release fish

Ryan Moody Fishing Ambassador Ben ‘Westo’ Weston shares how and why he started to tag and release fish, how you can get into it too, and how he and good mate, fellow Barra Basics student Ben Gibertson, tagged and released the SAME metre plus barramundi two years apart. If it wasn’t tagged they never would…

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Garmin Ultra High Definition sounder

Garmin UHD transducer best in the creeks

Garmin introduced their new Garmin UHD transducer (ultra high definition) and black box this year… And I was lucky enough to be one of the test pilots. As you may know if you’ve done our Sounder Skills 1 course, higher definition frequencies like 800 kHz provide good clarity of the underwater landscape. Now with the Garmin…

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Designing fishing lures

Fishing lure design with Dave Killalea

Looking at the wall of lures in every tackle shop, I can’t help but think fishing lures catch more anglers than fish. In the right hands however, fishing lures are a very effective angling tool. I personally mostly fish with lures these days as my bung knee plays up when I run down the beach…

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Collectors edition fishing lure

Moody Dog Memorabilia Competition

For all those lure collectors out there…. check this out. Back in September 2016, you may recall, we caught our 2000th massive metre plus saltwater barra for clients. Made the nightly news and everything! The fish was caught on a “Mutt” lure – bronze in colour – with some racing stripes drawn on by Ryan…

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