The Barramundi is the nations most highly prized sport fish, people travel from all over the world to catch the high flying and hard pulling Barra.
Living in the Northern rivers of QLD, NT, WA and some parts of New Guinea and growing to around 40kg. They travel between fresh and salt water during the wet and dry seasons.
Because of the Barramundi’s eating quality its numbers have had a major decline in the last 10 years. It is one of Australia’s finest sport fish because after being hooked it spends more time out of the water than in. Taking lure and fly on top or under the water makes them a great sport fish. They can be caught around fallen trees, rock bars, drop offs or any other structure, even around wharfs and jetties.
After being released into dams and lakes in Queensland the Barramundi have grown to unbelievable sizes, because of the large amounts of red claw crayfish, fish of 45kg have been recorded from Tinaroo near Cairns. The Barra also changes sex at around two years making all the large fish female.
Before going Barra fishing check the laws on bag limits and legal length because they change from state to state. Also remember only take what you need, catch and release is the only way to enjoy fishing in the future.