Tag Archives: Catching BIG Barramundi

Quantum Exo and Cabo... Reel Review

Quantum Exo and Cabo reel review

This post was meant to be a simple review of the gear I have been using lately and it’s ability to handle big barra. Then last week along comes an almighty northern bluefin tuna that dragged us 4.8 miles from hook up during a 2.25 hour fight. Seriously, at one stage I had the boat…

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Braid vs Mono

Barra Fishing Tip: Braid vs Mono for barra

Over the years I have been asked several times why I run some rods with mono and some rods with braid. Last month I did a short presentation for the opening of the new BCF Deeragun store Townsville and was asked the same question. Basically, I use mono over a fibreglass rod (6′ 0″ to…

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Ryan Moody's first ever 1m barramundi age 15.

My first ever metre barra

Memories… This fish is my first ever barra over a metre long and I was 15 years old. Unfortunately we did keep this one as I didn’t know any better at age 15. It was also used for a photo shoot to promote killalures, one of the premium lure manufacturers back in the 80’s. Up…

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DIY drag washer service

D.I.Y. drag washer service

Have you ever lost a big fish to gear failure? Getting big fish to the boat for clients is my job and why I never leave anything to chance if I can help it. Sometimes we will fish all day chasing that one metre plus barra and the last thing I want is to lose…

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Peters 108cm May 2014

Big Barramundi 7 – Hinchinbrook action Autumn 2014

Bumper season so far for big barramundi despite some atrocious weather. Fishing has been outstanding with most fish in the past five weeks taken lure casting. And talking about the weather, looks like a pretty crap weekend coming up so I thought I’d put together some highlights from the past few months for you. Big…

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Drag maintenance.

Sticky Drag, Empty bag!

While most people ask me questions about where I fish and when, very few quiz me on tackle maintenance and gear performance yet this is one of the biggest players in getting that fish to the boat. As a fishing charter operator, I simply cannot afford to have clients lose big fish for avoidable reasons. Big…

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Land based metre plus barra

Land based casting for big barra.

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 using this method but did manage 5 over a metre. For the last 18 years or so…

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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…

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Reel photograph

Guides and Line Rollers

People often ask me the secret to landing big barra on such a consistent basis. Certainly being on the water day in day out helps. But it truly is the little things that make ALL the difference. I do a lot of behind the scenes maintenance, but I also use really simple practices that you…

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Big fish don’t move!

Over my years on the water catching barra with my fishing charters, I have noticed a distinct pattern with re-captured fish. In the earlier days when I didn’t have grey hair, we caught many smaller barra as part of tagging programs. With these smaller barra, I noticed that many of them were tagged between 100…

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