Tips and tricks for reeling in a top barra

BIG BARRA: Dustin Sippel of Gooburrum holding a freshwater barra.
BIG BARRA: Dustin Sippel of Gooburrum holding a freshwater barra. Contributed

FISHERS hit the water at the weekend with the barramundi season opening from noon yesterday.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Rob Ibell said barramundi had been off limits to fishers since late last year.

"Closed seasons are an important measure in sustaining fish stocks for the future," he said.

"The closure coincides with spawning periods and protects barramundi stocks during this vulnerable period of their life cycle."

Bundaberg Sports Fishing Club member and local angler Kevin Charteris said there are a few great spots in the region to catch barra.

"The Burnett River around the Port area, Kolan River and the Burrum River are the three top spots," he said.

Mr Charteris said there are a few tricks to catching barramundi and the best time to fish is during the night.

"Barramundi are nocturnal, they come out at night to feed. Live mullet is good for bait along with herring, large sprat or legal sized whiting," he said.

"Vibrating lures work well and you should use a 30-50 pound main line with a 60-80 pound leader or trace on the end.

"It is preferred that fishers catch and release barramundi so they can continue to spawn for years to come."

Mr Ibell from Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol reminded fishers to check the size and possession limits that apply.

"It's important that fishers refresh their knowledge of the rules to avoid on-the-spot fines," he said.
Fast facts

  • The barramundi size limit for the east coast and freshwater is 58-120cm.
  • The possession limit is five (one during closed season for some dams).
  • For more information on Queensland fishing closures, visit, phone 13 25 23 or download the free Qld Fishing app

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