Don’t get caught out during barramundi season
Barramundi season is upon us and local fishing clubs and the Department of Fisheries are urging anglers to respect the rules when it comes to catching the famous fish.
Pilbara barramundi season, or PilBarra season as The Pilbara News likes to call it, runs over the warmer months when the fish feed voraciously.
There are reports coming in already of early season catches in the creeks around Nickol Bay and the Sherlock and Balla Balla rivers.
Waterways in the Pilbara do not hold the same established populations of barra found further north, meaning responsible fishing practises are vital to ensuring there is barra for all in the future.
State laws require barra less than 550mm or more than 800mm to be returned to the water immediately.
Department of Fisheries community education officer Dylan Pross said maximum size limits were designed to ensure the protection of “big breeders”.
“Generally, fish over 800mm are female and can produce up to 32 million eggs during the spawning season,” Mr Pross said.
Mr Pross said fish should be supported along the length of the body when landed using a wet hand or wet rag, rather than just picking it up by the mouth.
“They have an individual daily bag limit of two and fishers are reminded that there is also a possession limit of two for Barramundi,” he said.
“This means you may only have two barramundi in your possession at any time, including in your temporary or permanent place of residence.”
Mr Pross said barramundi must be carried and landed whole.
The King Bay Game Fishing Club hosts an estuary challenge in late November where barramundi is the prize catch.