Impoundment Fishing

IMPOUNDMENT BARRAMUNDI BASICS

Up in Queensland, we are spoilt for impoundments well stocked with Barra. Although many fishos say impoundment Barra don’t give a good enough scrap, they have clearly never been on a 50lb impoundment Barra. I guarantee you will emerge from the battle thoroughly exhausted. There are a total of 63 stocked impoundments in Queensland. You will need a license to fish recreationally in them. The single license covers them all.

Check out the Queensland Fisheries rules and regulations before heading out, so you know the situation before you start hooking Barra.

More information available here.

TACKLE

I usually use a Baitcast Rod, 6-8kg as my weapon of choice for taking Barra. If the area is a little more open then I will go for a 7-foot length, if it’s a little tighter, something around 5’6” works better. I try to keep the reel fairly light, especially if I’m casting for hours on end.

I use a 50lb braid line with a mono 60lb or 80lb leader. I attach the leader with an FG knot and have never had any issues with it.

LURES

I prefer to use soft plastics when fishing for Barramundi and have enjoyed success with lures of 4-6 inches. You can use most soft plastics for Barra as long as the body has a good roll and there is plenty of action on the tail. Just make sure you use a loop knot to attach the lure to the leader, not a clip. The Barramundi are pretty adept at snatching lures off that are clipped to the leader.

WHEN AND WHERE

The impoundment Barras can be caught all year round but depending on the time of the year, the fish are more likely to be in different places. In the winter, they move to the shallows in the day to warm up and return to the deeper water at night. In the summer, you can find them all over the place, wherever the baitfish are more plentiful. In really hot weather they are more likely to escape the sun’s rays by hiding in the deep.

TECHNIQUES

Barramundi are sensitive to noise so keeping quiet is essential practice. Flick your lures out and slowly retrieve. Impoundment Barramundi seem to return to the same places regularly, so if you know there were Barra in the area, wait a little while and try again. They use feeding routes and are likely to return in half an hour or so.

In the summer, I have found night fishing to be the way to go. I have taken some of my best catches by running lures over weed beds on warmer summer nights. When fishing weed beds, cast onto the side the wind is blowing onto.

In the day, cast up some smaller creeks and around lily pads and you should find some luck. Cast near living trees to draw out the Barras lurking in the vegetation. In the open sections of the impoundment, you can troll at a slow walking pace.

HANDLING

Because of the Barramundi weight, use a net when lifting the fish out of the water. If you hold it up by its jaw or with grippers, you will break the poor thing’s throat latch and it will die. You need to make sure you are supporting the fish’s body at all times and get it back in the water as quickly as possible, which might be hard with the fish that is considered one of the tastiest in the world.

 


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Peter Hollingsworth
peterh@dinga.com.au

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