barramundi fishing lures


Some fishing lures are just better than others when it comes to fishing for Barramundi. These recommendations are based on years of hands on experience.

You can’t really go wrong with these lures.


Long shallow diving minnows are a proven winner on Barra. These lures excel in shallow water especially over sand and mud flats, among mangroves and along rockbars. Gold is the classic colour choice for Barramundi but there are many other options and variations that work just as well. Try Bombers, Rapala X Raps, and Tsunami Pro Super Minnows.


The perfect hardbody lure for the creeks should be a slow floating model between 7 and 10cm long with a large deep-diving bib. They need to dive sharply into snags to wake up the Barramundi. The floating properties allow the lure to rise above any obstacles with a pause in the retrieve. The smaller size makes these lures a versatile choice that will appeal to most predatory fish in the creeks. Make sure you have a few in your tackle box.


Plastic is fantastic! Barramundi love plastic fishing lures and can be caught on a wide variety of styles. However, models that feature a steady beat or kicking action seem to be most productive. The key is to find a plastic that can be slow rolled through the water yet has plenty of action. Pre-rigged plastics such as the Squidgy Pro Slick Rigs or Tsunami Soft Plastic Shads are ideal. Cast them at river banks, slow roll them across shallow weed beds and hang on.


Soft vibe lures have been a massive hit in both the freshwater and saltwater over the past few years. These lures have changed the way creek fishos chase Barramundi with many now opting to target schools of Barra holding in deeper water. They’re expensive, but they work well. The Transams and Threadybusters are a couple of my favourites and all colours seem to produce.


If you’re after some serious excitement, throw poppers for Barramundi. The explosive boom that a metre long Barra makes as it inhales a popper is as frightening as it is thrilling. Use them throughout the night or at dusk and dawn and remember not to strike too fast. Barra use their bucket mouths to create a vacuum and suck the bait in. If you react too quickly to the sound of the boof, you’ll pull the lure away before it’s in the Barras gob. Any poppers around 10-15cm long that create a decent bloop will do the trick.


Are there any lures you can recommend? Let us know and share your reasons why.

Peter Hollingsworth

Peter has been fishing all around Australia since he was a boy. He loves camping, fishing and kayak fishing.