Gavin "Groover" New
Barramundi Fishing Guide
Groover’s Top Barramundi Fishing Tips
- Finding the fish is key to successful barramundi fishing. Barra move about the system and with experience you can know where they’ll be based on conditions. Barramundi don’t like too much flow, so look in the shallows or the flats when the tide if running hard, deeper water on the slower tidal flows.
- Preparation prior to leaving home can make a big difference. Practice casting until you can land a lure accurately and learn to tie good knots. For line to leader knots Groover uses a bimini twist with a slim beauty (spinning gear) or an FG knot (baitcaster). He uses a 10mm long loop knot for attaching the lure to the leader.
- Fish can be caught on any tide around Karumba, you just have to know where to find them. Ask locals for some tips on where they might be holding.
- Groover finds that plastic lures with rattles work fine when the fish are feeding aggressively, but the bite can die off after a fish or two. Switching to a wooden lure that makes a more subtle sound can result in fish coming on the bite again. When fish get really shy it’s time to switch to a soft plastic vibe, which is the quietest of the three lure options.
Groovers Barra Fishing Outfits
- Most of Groovers serious clients bring 4 rod and reel combos onto his boat, to cover all situations.
- A heavy baitcast outfit is perfect for trolling lures.
- Bringing two medium baitcasters allows an angler to place one rod in a rod holder if the lure gets snagged while casting and continue fishing with the other rod. The snagged lure can’t then be retrieved after the snag is fully fished, minimising the chances of spooking fish.
- A lighter spinning rod/reel combo is best for fishing soft plastics and soft vibes as it’s easier to cast and lets the plastics get down deeper.
- Groover rarely fishes more than 10kg Fins Braid and uses either 55lb Schneider Line or when fishing tougher snags, fluorocarbon leader.
Groovers Best Barramundi Lures
- Killalure Barra Baits are a good all-round lure choice and are pretty noisy if the fish need to be stirred into action. 8, 10, 12 and 20ft diving depths cover all casting and trolling situations.
- Classic 120 10ft hard body lures are a good producer and cast more easily than the Killalure if there is a bit of wind. The sound is more subtle than the Killalure.
- For shallow water of a metre or less, a gold bomber is a good choice for both trolling and casting.
- Soft plastic options are good in deeper water provided the current isn’t running too strong. Sumaki Vibelicious in 20g (100mm) and sometimes 30g (125mm) are a good choice, as is the Samaki Boom Bait. Both are made with very durable, long lasting plastic.
Episode 593: Great Sandy Straits Autumn Fishing With Ryan Holdsworth
The Great Sandy Strait has almost unlimited barramundi, mangrove jack and threadfin habitat….. you just need to know how to fish it. Fortunately, today’s guest Ryan Holdsworth gives his tips freely and will put you on the right course to success!
Episode 591: Mackay Headlands Barramundi With Jono Clark
Jono Clark is probably best known as an gun impoundment barra angler, but he also chases barra (and a ton of other species) in shallow water on headlands. Today he gives us the good oil on how to go about putting some solid fish on the deck.
Episode 581: Chambers Bay Runoff Barramundi With Tristan Sloan
The barra fishing in NT during the runoff period is legendary and today’s guest has had plenty of opportunity to experience it. Tristan Sloan shares his tips and advice for one of his favourite runoff barra haunts – Chambers Bay!
Dave Killalea at Old Dog Lures has been a support of Groover and his business for many years.
JM Gilles are distributors of the Killalure and Classic barra lure ranges.
Samaki Lures are also supporters of Groover’s business