The Ultimate Guide to Barramundi Fishing in Australia's Far North

The Ultimate Guide to Barramundi Fishing in Australia's Far North


Australia's Far North is a paradise for Fishers.

Offering some of the most thrilling fishing experiences, especially when it comes to Barramundi. Known locally as 'Barra',

These fish are not only sought after for their challenging catch but also for their delicious taste.

In this guide, we'll explore the ins and outs of Barramundi fishing in this spectacular region.

Understanding Barramundi
Barramundi are iconic in Australian waters, especially in the tropical Far North. They can live in both fresh and saltwater, making them unique. Barra are known for their strong fight and acrobatics, making them a favorite among sport fishers.

Best Times to Fish
The best time to fish for Barramundi in the Far North is during the 'run-off' season, which occurs from late February to early May.

This is when the wet season floods recede, leaving Barramundi to congregate in billabongs, rivers, and estuaries, making them easier to target.

I have found the best times are Late evening into night , early morning to mid morning 

Ideal Locations
1. Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef: Perfect for combining Barramundi fishing with a trip to one of the world’s natural wonders.


2. The Kimberley: Known for its rugged landscape and rich indigenous history, it offers some of the best Barramundi fishing spots.


3. Darwin and the Top End: These areas are famous for their Barramundi populations, with numerous fishing charters and guided tours available.

Fishing Techniques
1. Lure Fishing: This is the most popular method for catching Barramundi. Use a mix of hard-bodied lures and soft plastics.


2. Live Baiting: Using live bait such as mullet can be very effective, especially in clearer waters. Using Cast Net to catch them 


3. Fly Fishing: For a more challenging experience, fly fishing for Barramundi can be rewarding.

Gear Essentials

  • A medium to heavy rod
  • Strong Bait running or overhead  reel 
  • Braided lines are preferable 30lb and up for their sensitivity and strength
  • Need fishing line Leader minimum 50lb
  • Bait running reel ,
  • Landing net
  • Cast Net 
  • Size 6 to 10 mustard hooks 
  • Running sinkers

Are all essential due to the Barramundi's size and strength.


Tips and Tricks


1. Understand the Tides: Fishing during changing tides can increase your chances of a catch.


2. Know the Habitat: Barramundi often lurk near submerged logs, trees, rocks, and other structures.


3. Be Patient: Barramundi fishing often requires patience, as these fish can be elusive.

Conservation and Regulations


Always check local regulations regarding fishing seasons, size, and bag limits to ensure sustainable fishing practices. Throw back 1m plus fish they are the breeders 

Fishing for Barramundi in Australia's Far North is not just about the catch; it’s about the adventure.

The region's stunning landscapes, rich cultural history, and abundant wildlife make it a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any angler.

Remember, at #FinnedFishen, we’re committed to providing you with the best gear and advice for your fishing adventures.

Check out our range of #Barramundifishinggear and get ready to cast your line in the waters of Australia's Far North!

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