Gracemere Rocky Barra Bounty a resounding success

2017 gracemere rocky barra bounty

Floodgates opened about a week before the comp was to commence. It was clean water, so competitors in the Gracemere Rocky Barra Bounty were still hopeful it wouldn’t chase the barra from the top half of the river. Only three days out, the water turned from clean to mud as the dirty water from the Dawson area arrived. I think …

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Queensland barra fishing road trip

queensland barra fishing

During the heavy rain just two weeks prior to the trip, immense amounts of water had gone over the dam wall. Even so, we were still keen to give it a crack. As we arrived at the dam, a massive storm rolled through and we had to wait it out before hitting the water. We launched the boat at about …

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Million Dollar Fish S3 tips and techniques

million dollar fish s3

While the fish vary in colour, there’s no mistaking their pointed head – complete with concave forehead – large jaw and, in these parts, a good-sized barramundi can weigh between 10kg and 20kg and reach lengths of around a metre. With a cool million bucks up for grabs in Tourism Northern Territory’s Million Dollar Fish promotion, locals are understandably a …

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Magical Lake Monduran barra

We hit this area hard because of the consistent water temperature. In this section you can find numerous small points with bushy trees in 1-3m of water and water lilies along the edges. These points were by far the standouts. Dad and I located four points holding barra thanks to our Humminbird Helix sounder with Mega Imaging. Once we found …

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Unique fishing experience in Northern Territory

northern territory fishing experience

The float on my live bait was following the colour change in the water and within 15 minutes, boof, I had hooked my first barra. Thanks to the grunt in the Samurai rod, I was literally able to lift the fish over a small tree to land it on the bank. The monkey or barra was off my back and …

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Using drones to your advantage when fishing

drones key for barramundi

So where do you go when the fish leave the basin after all that rain? This is where it gets interesting. After rain periods, bony bream breed, producing more food for the impoundment-dwelling monster barra. A good place to look for these extra baitfish are the rivers at the back of the impoundment around weedy edges and points. Having timber …

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Fishing creeks and rivers around Hinchinbrook Island

hinchinbrook creeks

I’ve also been exploring the upper Herbert River as a location from which to run a future charter where we will spend two days casting lures for sooty grunter, barramundi, mangrove jack and jungle perch. The plan is to put the boats in upriver, drift fish down to a little cabin on the banks of the river and pull up, …

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Lake Lenthall barra fishing thrills

lake lenthall barra

I worked my way back to camp just after dark using a topwater approach but failed to entice any further interest. The others didn’t have any luck in the afternoon session but we were all keen to chase them early the next morning. Everyone was up and on the water pre-dawn the next morning. We were keen to make the …

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Barramundi season reopens

victorian barra fishing

QUEENSLAND anglers can get their rods and lines back out for the barramundi season which reopened at midday yesterday, February 1. The barramundi season closure had been in force in the Gulf of Carpentaria since October 7 last year and November 1 for the east coast. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Robert Ibell said the closed seasons aimed …

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