Catching barra on balista lures flashng LED technology

How to catch barra and threadfin using Balista LED lure technology

Lures generally catch more fishermen than fish, and to be honest, barra are not that fussy.

And I don’t normally go for gimmicky stuff, preferring to use my tried and proven techniques and equipment because I know it works so well.

But as you can imagine, I get sent plenty of equipment to try, especially lures, and I always like to give them a swim to check them out.

This is exactly what happened when Balista lures developer and CEO James Dainton sent me some of his LED juggernauts to try.

As it was during the barra closure, I didn’t get to test them out fully on barra, however I had an amazing run with them on the King threadfin.

These fantastic lures contain a red flashing diode in the tail that is water activated.


James dropped in on his way through  Cardwell the other day and we had a chat about how he came up with the idea, the testing he has done, and I share a few techniques I have used with these lures to have some great sessions on the big King Threadfin.

He shared some of his amazing slow motion footage of the testing process and interestingly, how red was by far the most effective colour for the light.

You can view my chat with James as he talks about his lures over a beer or two in my boatshed.


Balista lures come in a variety of shapes and sizes. I personally have tested the juggernaut and found it to be particularly effective when targeting big King threadfin.



I expect they will work just as well on barra, and trials conducted by JCU indicate that barra are attracted to the red flashing light.

It  makes a lot of sense considering barra are visual predators that hunt by sight.

Interestingly they seem to have been repelled or perhaps scared of other colours especially green.

For those interested in purchasing some Balista lures, head to their website to order online or check for a local tackle shop stockist.

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For some more great barra strike footage and a run down on the testing by James Cook Uni researcher Dr. Jamie Seymour, check out the short promo video below.


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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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