Which Lure Is Best For Catching Barramundi?

Barramundi is a loanword from an Australian Aboriginal language of the Rockhampton area in Queensland meaning "large-scaled river fish." One of my personal favourites is a hard-bodied lure 90-100mm diving depth of roughly 3-4mt with a strong bib running double treble hook size #3 or #5 casting and retreiving attracts the Barramundi with its irregular and erratic movement.

Traditional minnows and soft plastics are good lures to use. Popper lures with a sluggish retrieve can be used at night. Running depths, motion, shape, colour, castability, hook up, holding, and buoyancy are all factors in creating a superb Barramundi lure, and everyone has their own favourite.

Remember that Barranundi are Australia's finest lure-taking sportfish. No other fish evokes the same sense of adventure, and an inferior lure will not be able to withstand the might of a Barramundi.

Do Barramundi Take Lures At Night?

Fishing for Barramundi during the day is considerably different than fishing for them at night because you have to rely on senses other than sight.

You can't see the Barramundi, and you can't see how near you are to snags or other possible hazards. Night fishing for Barramundi may be highly rewarding because they are actively feeding at night, and it's a wonderful time to target them with lures.

The Best Time To Target Barramundi?

Large females prefer estuaries and tidal flats, so seek out areas where food may congregate, such as eddies or draining stream mouths, and fish these. I like to fish two days before, during, and after the full and new moons are the most productive times to target Barramundi.

Fishing around dusk when the moon is rising and early mornings before sunrise gives me the best chance of catching a Barramundi. Warmer months, with water temperatures above 24°C, are generally the most beneficial. This is because Barramundi have a greater metabolism and require more frequent feeding. You can still be target them during the colder months, However, the time between bites will be lengthier.

Where Do I Find Barramundi?

Barramundi habitat encompasses a wide range of water types. These extend from inshore islands, coastal headlands, bays, rivers, and feeder waterways upwards to where natural and man-made barriers restrict further flow.

It also migrates, primarily as juvenile fish, into billabongs and waterholes during the dry season, where it gets isolated. Queensland impoundment stocking efforts have been enormously successful. Stillwater growth rates outperform those of free-roaming fish.

Barramundi are primarily ambush predators that do not go far to find food. Concentrate on overhang edges, and structures that will generate eddies where Barramundi can lay in wait for bait to pass through if you are fishing tidal areas or areas with current.

Shallow flats and weed edges or points in non-tidal situations like impoundments are suitable places to start fishing for them. Look for natural bait areas like weed beds, eddies, rock bars, mud banks, deep ledges, and undercut grass banks. Look for deeper regions where two independent flows of water intersect.

Lures should be aimed at the fish rather than over their backs.  Barramundi are very patient you can fish all day but they won't bite until they are ready. When you find fish, it is worthwhile to stay in that area and concentrate your efforts there, as those fish will be there for a reason, and occasionally just getting one to bite may be enough to attract others to do the same.

Tackle And Techniques For Catching Barramundi

There are few things more exciting than hearing a large Barramundi crashing and taking that surface lure at night, especially when you can't see it and are relying sound only. Fishing for Barramundi at night is a very successful means of catching them, especially during full moon seasons when they rely on moon light to find their bait.

My go-to lures for chasing Barramundi are hard bodied lures, poppers, soft frogs and soft t tails they have all given great results at different times, one thing to remember is that trial and error is only a learning pahse.

How Do You Catch Barramundi On Soft Lures?

Soft plastic lures are effective for catching Barramundi. Don't be scared to switch up your lures from time to time. Experiment with several sorts and colours until you find the one that works best for you.

Soft plastics seem and feel natural, so fish consume them and hang on for a longer period of time. They're available in a variety of styles and colours. There is no other lure type that can be rigged in so many various ways for so many different tactics in terms of adaptability. They are also very inexpensive.

Barramundi love them, and we're confident that after you try soft plastics or add a few more tricks and techniques to your tackle box, you'll love soft plastics fishing as much as we do. Happy Fishing!

Is Barramundi A Good Fish To Eat?

In comparison to other fish species, the Barramundi has a low amount of hazardous mercury and PCBs. Apart from Omega-3 fatty acids, barramundi is high in potassium, vitamin A, vitamin D, and protein. Overall, barramundi is a good and healthful fish to consume.

Mediterranean Fish Bake

Serves 4
Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

4 firm white fish fillets – I love using Barramundi for this recipe.

2 zucchinis cut in half lengthways then into slices (semi circle pieces)

1 packet cherry tomatoes

1 red onion sliced

½ cup pitted kalamata olives – chopped

¼ cup freshly chopped basil 

1 tbsp dried oregano

1 garlic clove sliced

1 yellow capsicum sliced

1 lemon, juice

4 tbsps extra virgin olive oil 

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

To serve

Quinoa 

Lemon wedges

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. 

Chop the cherry tomatoes in half and prepare zucchinis and capsicum. 

Place the vegetables; tomatoes, zucchinis, capsicum and garlic and onion, in an oven tray.

Place the fish amongst the vegetables and sprinkle over the olives and dried oregano. Squeeze over the lemon juice. 

In a jar combine the olive oil and balsamic vinegar – shake well and scatter over the dish

Bake for 15-17 minutes until the fish has cooked through. 

Serve the fish and vegetables on a bed of quinoa with fresh basil on top and lemon wedges on the side. 

 Credit: Dr Preeya Alexander