Port Hedland Barramundi Fishing

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Dated: 1st January 2005
Location: Australia/Western Australia /Pilbara Region/Port Hedland
One of the most exiting sportfish which is also regarded highly as a quality eating fish is the Barramundi. Plenty of awesome fish have been caught in Hedlands creeks of late with the odd fish even turning up on the spoil bank. A few people have told me what they consider to be the best way to get into the Barra action in PH so in this column I will reveal those secrets for you to try.

Tackle: Most anglers will go for a mid range rod around 5ft long, to about 15kg with a spinning reel or overhead loaded up with 6 to 15 kg monofilament line. Heavier gear will spook the fish when they first take the bait and although lighter gear will be much more of a challenge you risk being busted off in snags or even worse, spooled. About 500mm of 60 to 80lb mono trace attached to your main line is essential to resist the sharp gill rakes and abrasive mouth of a Barra. If you’re good with knots, tie a double in your main line using a Bimini Twist and attach the trace with an Albright. The less tackle you use the better as sinkers, swivels and floats etc will spook these finicky fish. A 4 to 6/0 chemically sharpened hook (I use Black Magic KL) will do the trick as far as the pointy end goes and with that you are ready for…

Bait: By far the best bait for Barra is live Mullet, Whiting and Bony Herring. These can easily be caught with a cast net (you will need a licence) but these can be a bit hard to master. If you have successfully caught some live bait, hook one through the back just in front of the dorsal fin with just enough flesh to hold it onto your hook. Alternatively whole frozen mullet or mullet strips can be used on gang hooks but this is very hit and miss. Cast into a hotspot and wait fort the action. Using the same rig tie a lure of your choice on and cast around the muddy shallows and near snags retrieving at varied speeds. Keep moving around until you find the fish. If and when you hook up allow the Barra to run for about 20 meters or so until you strike so the fish has time to swallow your bait.

Where and When: Six mile, Twelve mile, Finucane Island, the Turner, Tabba Tabba and Pokie have all produced good numbers of fish this year with 6 mile being the easiest to try. Arrive about an hour before low tide (so you can catch bait) when there is about 4 to 6 meters of tidal movement and try to fish around the first quarter of the moon phase. There are heaps of theories for catching Barra but this has worked for me and you know what they say, when your onto a good thing stick to it.

Seeya out there.

Work Hard , Fish Harder!. ... Shane Baker