Winter Barra Bait

Barra Fishing Tips: Winter barra bait

People tell me it is hard to catch barra in winter, and sometimes that is true.

They certainly behave differently in winter than summer, and it can be downright frustrating to sit on a big aggregation and not get a single bite, no matter WHAT you throw at them.

You might have even seen the short clip we made below when visiting Karumba during the first cold snap of the year. A big barra girl giving me the finger haha.

But anyway… back to the topic.

Barra Fishing Tips : best live bait for barra in winter

Many people know that live prawns are a great bait for winter barra, but here is a great tip on how to present them in the best possible way.

If you pin them through the midsection they can’t do what prawns do best… flick, flick, flick!

And a flicking prawn is irresistible to most barra. Especially when dropped on their head.

In the following short video I give you a quick demo on where you should be pinning your prawns and you will see the difference.

Fishing Rigs to catch barramundi.

If you are fishing the snags for winter barra, be prepared to tie on a dropper rig (Paternoster rig).

Using this rig puts the prawn right on their nose, and reduces the number of snag ups = more time fishing, less time knot tying.

If you do get snagged up, try this helpful tip to get hooks and lures off snags.

Quick and easy tip to get lures off snags.


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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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  • david aries

    Reply Reply August 6, 2015

    Ryan could u show me how to catch a barra using cherubin I have tried a few times I let them run with the bait then I try to sink the hooks I use 5.0 wide gap hook is that to small any suggestions would be great thx

    • Ryan Moody

      Reply Reply August 6, 2015

      HI David, Pin them in the very end of the tail and fish your reel on strike. Hook size depends on the size of the fish you are after. Absolutely everything I know about catching barra is contained in our ecourse Barra Basics which opens again in September.

  • Richard Jackson

    Reply Reply August 7, 2014

    What style of hook and size would you suggest?

  • Jim Selkirk

    Reply Reply August 7, 2014

    Looks all right . well worth a try.

  • Philip Bell

    Reply Reply August 6, 2014

    Looking forward to using this method in three weeks! Not that I am counting down to the next trip…!

  • dave mumby

    Reply Reply August 6, 2014

    Cool brother.

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