Many years ago I was fortunate enough to stumble across a successful method of targeting big saltwater barramundi while land based lure casting.
Way back then we used to get a lot of fish in the 90cm bracket land based lure casting, but did manage 5 over a metre.
For the last 18 years or so I have been focusing heavily on my charters and haven’t really done much land based stuff, except on the odd occasion with my kids.
Last week I realised the conditions were right for land based lure casting a big fish, so I grabbed my boys and headed down to a local spot – and this is what happened. Metre barra number 6 meauring 102cm.
To successfully understand land based fishing for big barra, it is a matter of learning how current lines and dirty water interact near creek mouths and pressure points. Sometimes the currents flow different ways and the fish seem to sit in a certain area that allows them to feed comfortably on the bait fish congregating in these areas.
LAND BASED LURE CASTING
Lure selection in relation to depth and action is also an important factor and depends on your local hotspot.
The important thing to note is how the currents and siltation lines interact.
To get a better understanding of the right methods that work in your area, it pays to take the time to experiment!
Experiment with lure depth and don’t be afraid to change lures if you are not getting success.
In the past week we have caught three over a metre and surprisingly the same lure has caught each one.
The reason I think being because the depth suited the feeding zone of the barra under those conditions.
So what I’m trying to say here is don’t believe the hype about “the best barra lure” because what nails them one week may not work the next.
You just need to be persistent, don’t lose faith, chop and change them around, experiment, try and try again, and when you do get success take note of the stage of the tide in relation to the full/dark moon or quarters.
Eventually you will put together a pattern that will bring you consistent success. Of course then you can pick your times to fish because all the hard work will have been done.
GEAR FOR BIG BARRA
When land based lure casting for big barra, it is important to upgrade your gear as the big fish are relentless.
We even straightened the heavy duty treble on a fish around 110 cm. Although that was out of the boat, the same principle applies to the area I was fishing.
I always upgrade my treble hooks to 6x VMC or other heavy duty hooks such as Owners and use a a heavy leader, say 70 to 80 pound.
This short video below was taken by my 12 year old son Colbee who did a great job of capturing the moment as we played her out. Good job mate.
I had forgotten what a thrill it was to catch metrey’s lure casting off the bank. The take of a metrey smashing a lure while hand casting is a real buzz and I was pumped for hours afterward. So pumped that I went back again and we caught two more over a metre.
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