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Land-based sen­sei HIROAKI NAKA­MURA shares his hard-won knowl­edge on catch­ing the mighty bar­ra­mundi without a boat

I WENT fish­ing at Chan­nel Is­land on Satur­day, April 28.

The point was so shal­low - 20-30cm deep - that I couldn’t use any hard body lures. I used a 60lb mono leader line at first. Bar­ra­mundi wouldn’t take any soft plas­tics.

And I tried a 40lb fluoro­car­bon leader line.

As a re­sult, I caught and re­leased three bar­ra­mundi at the same point. I went fish­ing the next day too. I went to East Point. I used a 40lb fluoro­car­bon leader line again.

As a re­sult, I caught and re­leased a small bar­ra­mundi.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Todd Han­ra­han, a lot of peo­ple who are tar­get­ing big bar­ra­mundi in tight coun­try run 40lb braid to 80lb leader and some run 50lb braid to 100lb leader. I agree with Todd. Lo­cal fish­er­men are nor­mally tar­get­ing big bar­ra­mundi (90cm+) in Ter­ri­tory.

I’m tar­get­ing 55-85cm sized bar­ra­mundi in my usual fish­ing lo­ca­tions near town in Dar­win. I’m in a mi­nor­ity in Dar­win. Be­cause I only have scooter. Mr Steve Star­ling is a fish­ing leg­end. He gave us ad­vice in re­gards to this mat­ter as fol­lows. Barra are su­per tough on lead­ers. 40 is re­garded as light, although I’ve gone down to 30 or even 20 on ul­tra clear flats at times to get the bite ... but you have to ex­pect to get chewed off a fair bit.

Most Ter­ri­to­ri­ans run 50 to 70 pound lead­ers and with good rea­son.

But it’s the same old story ... fi­nesse def­i­nitely buys you more bites. The trade-off is that you’ll lose more. It’s a fine line, par­don the pun.

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