Proserpine dam metre long barramundi

Impoundment barramundi techniques

On our December road trip down the east coast of Queensland, we stopped in at Proserpine and spoke with freshwater barra expert Lindsay Dobe about the latest impoundment barramundi techniques.

Lindsay owns the local Proserpine tackle shop Barra World and has also run barra charters to Lake Proserpine for many years. So he was just the man to speak with and brush up on my freshwater impoundment barra techniques.

As you may know, if you’ve followed my blog for a while, my focus for the last 30 years has been saltwater barra, but after a trip to Proserpine Dam landing a freshwater metery in two casts from the boat ramp, it renewed my interest in freshwater. We also decided to create a freshwater impoundment module for our Barra Basics students and this was the perfect location to do so.

Impoundment Barra Techniques

Our week long trip to Proserpine Dam was in early December 2016 and we spoke to Lindsay about the time of year and barramundi habits.  It was also raging weather which didn’t help haha.

Lindsay explained that this time of year in the lead up to the wet season, the barra tend to aggregate in the deeper areas of the dam, close to the dam wall usually, as the big girls are instinctually wanting to head downstream to spawn.

Add to that the boney bream are also in spawning mode and a bit easier for them to catch and eat, so the big girls are not only schooled up but in feeding mode as well.

Basically we troll as a means to an end until we find the schooling fish, then use other luring techniques to entice a bite.

The Keitech Swing Impact Fats work well, as do smaller 95 vibes. Elephants eat peanuts as they say.

The smaller vibes generally have a better action, however a heavy leader tends to be a bit of a dampner. So you’ll need to trade off the possibility of losing the fish vs not getting a bite.

Watch the video below for the detailed discussion we had with Lindsay while at his shop Barra World in Proserpine.

Propserpine Dam is probably THE premium impoundment at the moment because there have been no lost fish with the dam overflowing. As I mention, I caught a metery in two casts from the boat ramp last time we were here. Be sure and drop in to Lindsay’s shop while you are there for up to date tackle and location advice.


Behind the scenes look at the the making of a whole new Barra Basics module: Impoundment Barra

Early December we spent a week at Prosperine Dam and created a whole new module for our ecourse Barra Basics.

For those of you that might not know, Barra Basics online course is a step by step guide to catching saltwater barra.

The new freshwater module is a mini version of the existing course complete with framework specific to freshwater impoundments, demo videos, and a full in depth interview with Lindsay Dobe with all the secret squirrel tips and techniques only for Barra Basics students.

Hope you enjoy the behind the scenes videos including getting caught in a rainstorm, releasing barotrauma in a big barra and underwater footage of my wife jumping in to untangle a big girl from a log.

The things we do for you guys haha

Comment below what you think of my wife’s effort with this fish.


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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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  • graham

    Reply Reply August 20, 2017

    re the proserpine dam video….she is definetly a keeper..the wife that is…i cant even get mine into the boat.

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