How to Catch Barramundi
Rigs and Techniques
A 6-15kg braided mainline fished on a bait-casting outfit is a good setup. The most common fishing method with Barramundi is hard-bodied lures with a slow, twitching retrieve with occasional hard twitches. Anything from minnows to shads or rattling lures can be successful. Other methods include live bait rigs and trolling with diving minnows.
Barramundi fishing is usually best at early morning, late afternoon or night. Estuaries and tidal flats tend to be the places that large females inhabit, so look for places where food might aggregate, like eddies or draining creek mouths and cast to these.
The best time to be fishing is when the tide is coming in or going out and the Barramundi are forced into the tidal flats. If you are fishing in freshwater where you are more likely to find the younger males, look for cover and cast to features such as snags and drop-offs.
Fish stocking has established a world-class barramundi fishery in the East Kimberley – Lake Kununurra, with 1m-plus specimens caught on a fairly regular basis.
Since 2013, a well-managed stocking program – overseen by Recfishwest, the Lake Kununurra Barramundi Stocking Group, North Regional TAFE and DPIRD – has seen more than one million barra fingerlings stocked into the 55km-long lake.
Now local and visiting fishers are reaping the rewards with the chance to wet a line in a world-class sportfishery.
Brimming with barra, safe and accessible with no saltwater crocs, as well as being free of big tidal movements typical of Kimberley rivers, it’s easy to see why Lake Kununurra is a must-visit fishing location for anglers.