Leader size for big barra

Leader size for Big Barra

They say size doesn’t matter but in today’s video on leader size I am going to tell you otherwise – because landing big barramundi consistently takes a little bit of luck and a whole lot of prior preparation.

Too often I have people come on charter to catch that fish of a lifetime and their leader size is way too light. Certainly in some instances light leader is appropriate for chasing schoolies (round the 60-80cm mark) in the shallows as they mostly get hooked in the corner of the mouth and you’ll have no problems.

But big barra, especially when using soft plastics, tend to engulf the lure right down. Woof!

And in these cases when you play out the fish, the leader rubs on the abrasive surface of the mouth, weakening it considerably. And that’s when you are likely to lose the fish. So if you want to know the best leader size for catching big barra and what to use when take a look at the video.

In our next and final installment of this three part series I will be looking at the impacts of a sticky drag and what to do about it.

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Catch you on the water. Cheers Ryan

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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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  • Ryan Moody

    Reply Reply May 29, 2014

    Thanks George. I am in the process of preparing an ecourse called Barra Basics which will teach you all you need to know to catch barra consistently. You can register your interest and be informed of registration dates etc. via the barra basics tab at the top of the page.

  • George Heywood

    Reply Reply May 25, 2014

    Great video man. Learning something new everyday. Been really getting into the hobby and trying to get knowledge from everywhere. I will check out more of the site

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