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Barramundi Fishing Videos

Updated on November 28, 2011

Catching Barramundi

Fishing for and catching barramundi is fast paced and very exciting. The barramundi is regarded by most as Australia's premier native sportfish and Tropical North Queensland offers excellent places to target this much sought after hard fighting sport fish species.

Barramundi have several distinctive body features. The head of the fish is a pointed shape with the forehead being concave. They have a large jaw that extends behind the eye and courdal fin and a first dorsal fin with seven or eight strong spines. The Barra also has a second soft-rayed dorsal fin that has ten or eleven rays.

Some common names of the Barramundi are, Barra, Silver Barramundi, Giant Perch and Palmer Perch. The word Barramundi comes from a Queensland Aboriginal language of the Rockhampton area and means large scales or large, scaly river fish.

barramundi fishing lake awoonga

Barramundi in Australia

Barramundi are predators and prefer to hang out near and around structure like rocks and logs, where they can hide and wait to strike upon unsuspecting smaller fish or crustaceans.

Barramundi respond well to all types of lures. Large minnow-type lures work well in the shallows. The noisy popper or fizzer style lures work too, and are good for night fishing. What is becoming very popular with anglers here are the newer soft plastic lures, the Barramundi love them.

Catching a Barramundi On Fly

Barramundi Fishing

Lake Awoonga catching Barra with a sounder

Barramundi Fishing - Teemburra Dam

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    • Claudia Tello profile image

      Claudia Tello 6 years ago from Mexico

      Hi, I just introduced a link to this hub from one of my travel Hubs: Cape Don in North Australia , a sport fishing destination ( thanks for the information and visuals.

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      Caught a huge one a long time. lived off it for 5 months. (Five sons and two adults)

      Objected to the way it was caught. Enjoyed the great fish just did not like the sport.

      Thanks for a good hub