Tag Archives: Catching BIG Barramundi

Metre plus barramundi on a handcrafted timber lure

Making timber lures that work

It’s one thing making timber lures, quite another to make ones that catch big fish. No-one knows this better than master lure craftsman Dave Killalea – now operating under the name Old Dog Lures. I have caught over 2000 massive metre plus barra in my time, many on a Dave Killalea lure. When making a…

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Fishing in Darwin with helifish

Fishing Darwin for the million dollar fish in a chopper!

Come with us and experience the trip of a lifetime as we go fishing in Darwin for the million dollar fish. But let’s face it… if you’re going to go on the hunt for a million dollar fish, you may as well do it in style. So we finally decided to tick another one off…

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Best mono to mono fishing knot

Best mono to mono fishing knot

When it comes to the best mono to mono fishing knot, there are a few to consider. But my favorite is the double blood knot. I learned to tie this as a young fella and it’s still as relevant today. Because it’s easy to tie, has tags that don’t stick out and catch on guides,…

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You cannot target barra during the barramundi fishing closure

Barramundi fishing closure

The east coast Barramundi fishing closure runs from midday 1st November to 1 February each year. The Gulf of Carpentaria closed season for barramundi runs from midday 7 October to midday 1 February (but possession on boats allowed to midday 17 October). It is prohibited to deliberately target barramundi in Queensland (even for catch and…

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Use a paternoster rig to avoid snags

How to tie a paternoster rig and tips to avoid snags.

Learning how to tie a paternoster rig (dropper or snapper rig) is great for rock walls or areas you get snagged often. Getting snagged is a big time waster as you have to retie your knots. It’s very frustrating and you also leave line and debris in the envirnonment to catch birds and other critters.…

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fishing rocks walls for barra produced this nice metre plus fish

Rock walls for barra

When fishing rock walls for barra, we recently decided to try a technique that works a treat when taking charter clients fishing. We decided to use the “uninterested technique” while fishing the Cardwell rock walls for barra. Now some of you may have seen this video clip on Facebook, however, this is the extended version…

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Volunteers working hard releasing barra fingerlings into the Ross River Dam

Good news for Ross River Dam

Ross River Dam has been in the sights of the Townsville Barramundi Restocking Group for quite a few years and they recently came one step closer to being part of the stocked impoundment permit scheme and creating a world class barramundi fishery in the dam. While Townsville City Council are primarily concerned with water quality…

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Garmin Ultra High Definition sounder

Garmin UHD transducer best in the creeks

Garmin introduced their new Garmin UHD transducer (ultra high definition) and black box this year… and I was lucky enough to be one of the test pilots. As you may know if you’ve done our Sounder Skills 1 course, higher definition frequencies like 800 kHz provide good clarity of the underwater landscape. Now with the Garmin…

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Designing fishing lures

Fishing lure design with Dave Killalea

Looking at the wall of lures in every tackle shop, I can’t help but think fishing lures catch more anglers than fish. In the right hands however, fishing lures are a very effective angling tool. I personally mostly fish with lures these days as my bung knee plays up when I run down the beach…

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Big Barramundi series 16

Is it the scenery or the mecca for barramundi fishing charters that makes Hinchinbrook the most awesome place to visit? Apart from being a bucket list destination for saltwater barra anglers wanting to do Barramundi fishing charters, it’s also an area that families can undertake an amazing variety of adventure activities. If you’re into bush-walking…

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