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 catching live bait. Getting old sux.

Plus the prevalence of sharks makes it so hard to keep live baits in the water.

I’m actually a little paranoid about doing anything to attract sharks as there are so many inshore these days and it breaks my heart to have a big fish on, with intention of catch and release, only to have her monstered by a big shark at the boat.

Or watching as my hard caught livies get smashed up by schools of small sharks.

So… faced with a wall of fishing lures, how does average Joe know which lure to choose?

I guess that’s not such an easy question to answer and why I created our online fishing courses.

Because it’s more about matching the lure to fish behaviour – rather than blindly choosing a lure that says “barra lure” on the packet and expecting to catch a barra.

Fish do different things at different times, and if they are hungry or excited, you can catch them on any lure you place in front of them!

Matching your lure to a fishes behaviour is the key.

Barra will readily eat a cod lure or a mackerel lure – if you run it past their head and vice versa.


big barramundi caught on a handmade fishing lure

How do you choose a lure for a certain application, rather than a species of fish?

Well we asked Dave Killalea -  Master lure craftsman and Australian lure making royalty that very question.

Watch the video below as Dave talks about lure design, matching the hatch, lure size, action, depth, bib size, and how all these variables interact to create a lure for a specific application.




Dave Killalea has been designing and creating lures for specific applications for 30 years.

I have personally worked with Dave to create barra lures and his designs were responsible for my 1st metre plus saltwater barra and also my 2000th. And plenty in between!

To celebrate our long association, we have joined forces to create a collectors edition lure and shirt pack - both signed by myself and Dave. The lure is identical to the one I caught the 2000th metre plus saltwater barra on, including my own personalised "racing stripes".


Collectors edition signed lures

Commemorative collectors edition Moody Dog signed lure and shirt pack.

There will only be 100 of these signed commemorative packs for sale.

They will be available at Dave's lure shop until sold out.

Unsigned version (ones you'd actually use to catch fish) available on the link below.
















Barra Basics online fishing course

Barra Basics helps anglers catch big barramundi


Twice a year we open our online course Barra Basics.

In the lead up, don't miss out on our free Barra Strategies Workshop.

Who is it for?

  • If you're sitting on the fence about Barra Basics the workshop will help you decide.
  • If you'd rather learn to catch metre plus saltwater barra yourself rather than get mentored by Ryan, the workshop will show you how he did it.
  • It's fully online and will show you how to fish with strategy by targetting the low hanging fruit first.
CLICK HERE >> [FREE ONLINE] Barra Strategies Workshop





Big barra caught on hand crafted fishing lure

Big barra caught on specifically designed hand crafted fishing lure



To be sure and get all our free tips and giveaways, join our Ryan Moody Fishing community.

Two of the 100 commemorative packs will be given away to members so if you're not a member, enter your name and email to join up below. Absolutely free. And also go in the draw to win a barra charter for two. 



About The Author

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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