Catching Barramundi
in Cool Tropical Waters

The art of catching Barramundi in Tropical Waters cooled by massive rains is explained by Jarrod Day as he fishes the tropical Northern Territory rivers and billabongs.

Jarrod landed just as two of Darwin's coldest days on record decided to blow in along with a bone-chilling wind. In the north where the average mercury level hovers around the 30C mark, a sudden cold snap will make the fish go into a state of hibernation.

The annual wet-season rainfall had almost finished draining into the ocean and the fish had to find a safe and warm place to call home.. By now the water's surface temperature ranged between 20C and 22C and most fish were either in the deepest sections of the river, high in the shallows or next to warm rockbars.

Cool-Water Barra
Cool-Water Barra
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Scene from Darwin Barra Base boat
Heading into the waters of Corroboree Billabong aboard one of the purpose built boats run by Darwin's Barra Base, Jarrod and the other anglers went searching for the elusive Barramundi.
In the Australian Adventure Angler, Jarrod tells us "I tied on one of my favourite lures, a green Yo-Zuri Tobimaru. When the fish are suffering from lockjaw, a smaller lure can often entice a strike , so this was our new plan.We trolled the edge of the weed line where the water could only be described as coffee coloured. A dirty water line met with the clean water just in front of a small creek entrance. I free spooled the reel and dropped the lure about 35m from the boat and began to work it in an erratic motion.
A solid whack resulted and a sizeable barra burst from the water twisting and turning as if the water had just been electrified.What was to be my first ever barra put on a typically showy display, until disaster struck and like a rocket the little lure was hurled from the barra's mouth, almost taking my eye's out. Disappointing, but that's barra fishing."fighting barramundi
Fighting Barramundi

Cooler temperatures mean barra go in search of warmer water, but in large river systems the warmer area's can be difficult for anglers to locate. Read the full article to learn more about catching barramundi in these conditions, which lures work best and some of the techniques used by professional guides with years of experience searching for barramundi.
  • Read online here...
  • Which lures work best
  • Finding Barra hideouts
  • Trolling techniques
  • Essential equipment
  • Rod handling
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Two cool-water barra fishermen.

"We boated quite a number of barra over the day's fishing, sticking to the same cold water techniques. Lure changes occurred every so often, but somehow I found myself ending up with my good old salmon lure again in the mouth of a solid barra. This time the hook stayed set and my first barramundi was on board.

The challenge of the cool water conditions made it all the more satisfying, and I know that, hot water or cold water, I'll be back to chase these fish again."

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