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Hilarious things you will only experience in Australia: Baramundi feeding

Updated on April 30, 2012

How to catch a huge fish by using your finger as bait

One of the best places to see Barramundi being caught with bare hands, or actually with one finger, is in Mataranka, 100 km south of Katherine and 400 km south of Darwin.

So you are a keen fisher and you think that you’ve seen and done it all. Well, maybe you haven’t, until you experience an Aussie pulling huge fish out of a pond with nothing but his bare hands. Forget about your expensive, high-tech rods and lures. Get out of your waders and into your shorts. Start prodding the water with your hand until you notice a slight ripple from the corner of your eye. You need to be very brave if it’s your first time, the thought of losing a limb to a monstrous fish will probably send shivers down your spine. After all, you’ve seen “Jaws” and who knows, what’s lurking in the murky water? Better leave this to the expert before venturing into the unknown. There is a sudden whoosh and a thunderous snapping of large jaws as the Barramundi is literally hanging from the guy’s finger. The crowd is in awe, the Macho man gives the gasping audience a broad grin and says: “No worries mate, my hand is still intact”. Ok, the fishes’ mouth may be soft but the guy must have pretty strong fingers. Mine would certainly be crushed if not broken. The tourists are clapping their hands in amusement but when asked if anybody wants to volunteer, there are no takers.

Better get back into my waders and pull out my expensive high-tech gear....


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    • novascotiamiss profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Au fait. Don't worry, the fish's mouth is not inside out. It's just an optical illusion. Unfortunately I can't enlarge the photograph, then you would see it better. Anyway, the whole experience is defintely amazing and I would not dare holding my fingers into the murky water to catch a huge fish like that (doesn't seem to have big teeth though, so it's probably not half as scary as it looks).

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      C E Clark 

      7 years ago from North Texas

      In the last picture it looks as if the fish's mouth is inside out. Is that the case? Or is that something else?

      Interesting story. Voting you UP! Interesting, and sharing with my followers.

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      Michael Ray King 

      8 years ago from Palm Coast, Florida

      I cannot imagine! That's a pretty large fish!. I can't catch a fish with the expensive rods and reels. About all I catch is 'up-on-my-novel-reading' when I go fishing. I suppose I don't invest myself in the fishing as much as the reading... Great info Hub! This was a fun read.

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      8 years ago

      Noodling!! I have GOT to try this someday!! Cool Pictures!! Voted Up!!

    • lobonorth profile image


      8 years ago

      Great story and just as good images that look beautiful and attest to the truth of your fishing yarn.


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