How to set up your boat for barramundi fishing

How to set up your boat for barra fishing

Well it’s the end of an era with my retirement from charters and a new beginning with our Fish Smarter online fishing courses.

Rather than bake in the hot sun, now I mentor my students from the comfort of my airconditioned office or from a lap top in our cabin aboard Mood Swings.

But before I hang up my charter guiding hat for good, I thought I’d share how I have set up my 5.6 m custom craft Super Punt barra boat.

Many years of trial and error have gone into the vessel and it might not be for everyone, but it has sure worked for me as a barra guide.

The video below demonstrate the open plan tiller set up I prefer for barra fishing.

Good bye old girl, I’m gonna miss you.

We are replacing the barra punt with a 5.6m Bonito (open tiller) but with a flared bow more suited to towing behind the game boat in our fishing travels.

Some of the more useful features of the boat include the plumbed live bait tank, open plan with centre esky, quick release cleats and under gunnel rod storage.

And of course my essential array of Garmin marine sounding equipment and transducers.



Following are a series of blogs mentioned in the video pertaining to certain aspects of the set up.



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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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