How to make a sashimi of sea-barramundi?

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Dipping a live sea barramundi whose throat is just cut off in the clean seawater for 10 minutes to 20 minutes can improve  and retain the freshness and meat qualities of live sea barramundi.

Retaining freshness of fish, the esky is essential and the fish should be kept in ice.

You should use the very clean cutting board and knife having no problem on a sanitary aspect.
To prevent food poisoning make sure fish is very clean.

The fish is filleted into three piece.
The very important thing is not to wash filets too much.
You must give the filets a very quick wash with a cold water.
Otherwise, you will lose essential deliciousness required for sashimi.




I caught a 59cm barramundi and then I prepared sashimi within that day.
But I don't eat that sashimi within that day.
I let it stand overnight in fridge to obtain the better texture, to fit the tastes for sashimi.

I put a Kewpie roasted sesame dressing on sashimi with spring onions.




I've never seen any parasites in the sea barramundi in my life.
A very large fish is going to have those parasites.
I enjoy barramundi's sashimi very much every time.


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59cm Barramundi #1029
Squidgies Paddle Tail
Jelly Prawn season in August

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It comes to be this season this year too.
It's a mackerel time!
Unfortunately, I have no boat.
On the contrary, I have no car.
'Not rich fisherman' went to Channel Island by the scooter to fish.
My scope of fishing activities doesn't expand.

Normally, it's very difficult to catch barramundi in my usual fishing locations, Mindil beach, Fannie bay and East point from the middle of August to the beginning of October every year.
I thought that it's very strange.
At last I have probably solved the puzzle.
I have no proof, but there is no evidence to the contrary also.

The large outbreak of jelly prawn responding to rise in seawater temperature might occur in the convenient locations for jelly prawn.
I think that barramundi are traveling to seek for jelly prawns in that jelly-prawn season.
Jelly prawns appear several times a year.
This is a good example of symbolizing that the large outbreak of jelly prawns occurs responding to rise in seawater temperature after rainfalls in February, March and April.

Actual jelly prawns are very small in size.
Squidgies Prawn Paddle Tail 80mm Cloud or White-Lightning could be seeming larger that it actually is, however, it was very effective for that situation at Channel Island.
Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm is usually used for catching barramundi, however, it has a difficult time with that jelly-prawn season.

Barramundi won't take it positively in that jelly-prawn season.




As a result, I caught a 59cm barramundi.






The tides on Saturday 27, 2016 as follows,
00:42am--5.59m
06:41am--3.65m
12:08pm--5.11m
19:47pm--2.34m

There was a high possibility that barramundi won't take lures from 00:42am to 12:08pm.
There was a once-in-a-day chance, I can only fish just after sunset.


Squidgies Paddle Taill


Colour: Cloud

Size: 80mm.

Where: Shallow water 30cm -50cm

Water: Clear Outgoing

Line: Sufix 15LB braid

Leader line: Triumph Super Shock Leader Fluorocarbon 30lb

Knot: The Slim Beauty Knot

Reel: Shimano Stella 2500FE

Rod: Wilson Live Fibre Sportfishing Series Blade 'N' Tails Light

Clip: Force Ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #2

Action: Steady retrieving



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My daughter's gold-fish

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My daughter did gold-fish scooping at the festival when she was 5 years old.

Do you know about the scooping gold-fish game?
It's a game played in Japan in which one tried to catch gold-fish with a delicate net made of paper.
Those gold-fish can be brought back.

My daughter is 16 years old now.
From this, it follows that those gold-fish are 10 years old or more.
There's no doubt this period feels long to my daughter.
I felt that time in the blink of an eye.




This is a gold-fish called 'wakin'.
He has an eye disease called cataract.




This is a type of gold-fish called telescope gold-fish.
He also has a cataract.




The medicine for treating cataract and the gold-fish food

I suppose I could say that they are well grown.


 
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70cm Barramundi in the last part of August
Mr. Clint Jebbink

Posted on by Hiro

It becomes hard to catch a barramundi around my usual fishing locations at this time of year.
The rise in seawater temperature holds to October.
It is hard for me to catch a barramundi around my usual fishing locations during this period.
On the other hand, it's the best time for catching nice sized mackerels, though.
But I have no boat.
Various barramundi from small to large might move to seek their baits to other locations.
Having a huge outbreak of jelly prawns, barramundi often move there.
However there is no evidence so far to prove that.

Meanwhile, Mr. Clint Jebbink continuously caught nice sized barramundi by land base.
He is a very skilled fisherman who has caught 133cm and 131cm barramundi. 
I asked him about that.

Hi Hiro. 
A 15 minute drive from karama gets you to the creek area. 
Look for dirty water colour change cause the bait holds there to hide but the barramundi can ambush too. 
No hits in the clean water. 
Used a small soft vibe called lucky strike, in a colour I call paper-fish cause it's fully see through. That's what they were eating. 
Either side of low tide. 
Rod tip held high cause very shallow. 
Constant retrieve cause the paper fish don't dart around like mullet, they shimmy at the same speed.




70cm very nice barramundi

 
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Full moon nights
Rock cod #337
ZEREK Flat Shad

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I went to East Point from Saturday to Tuesday to fish.
So I walked through a long mangrove-path in the dark.




The moons were nearly full and shining brightly.
The water currents were moderate.
The waters were very clear.
The sea surfaces were flat.




Barramundi normally become very cautious under the conditions as above.
Moreover, it was thought that the explosive noise of the jet fighters made the sea surface panes treble slightly.
I didn't have any bite of a fish on my lures in most of my fishing time.
This bite of a fish happened just once.




Unfortunately, I didn't catch a barramundi.
As a result, I caught a rockcod on a ZEREK Flat Shad.
That is to say, it turned out that my fishing-theory wasn't wrong.




ZEREK Flat Shad


Colour:  Black Gold

Size: 4.5"/17g

Where: Shallow water 50cm - 70cm

Water: Very clear Outgoing

Line: Toray Jigging PE 30lb

Leader line: Schneider 45LB

Knot: The Slim Beauty Knot

Reel: Shimano Scorpion 1500XT

Rod:ST. CROIX 6' MEDIUM POWER FAST ACTION 10-17LB 1/4-3/4oz USA

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #2

Action: Twitch, twitch and jerk



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66cm Barramundi #1028
Squidgy Pro Mongrel

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Saturday, I went to Channel Island to fish by my 150cc scooter.

The tides
02:41am--1.11m
08:29am--7:25m
14:37pm--1.71m
20:20pm--6.57m

I waded through the shallow water to get the chance to catch a barramundi.




It was a moderate breeze, coming from the sea to the land.
The water was slightly murky.
It needed a bit of courage when I waded through the shallow water.
I sometimes dragged in a deep mud.
But somehow, I managed to stagger to the mud flat as a destination.

It occurred to me.
Some people will be curious to hear about the tide.
Some people said the full moon effect the fishing very much.
I wonder if they mean that the very bright moon light effects the fishing very much, or the tides at the full moon effects the fishing very much.
They need not have worried about the full moon so seriously in regards to barramundi.
It depends on places and circumstances.
The best tide shifts with the best fishing point every hour.
Moreover, not everything works according to theory.
However, planning out the fishing strategy is beneficial for your future fishing results.




As a result, I caught a 66cm dry-season's barramundi on a Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm Aussie Herring.




August 6, 2016 66cm Barramundi
Land based in Darwin




This 90mm Mongrel is very easy to use.




Squidgy Pro Mongrel


Colour:  Aussie Herring

Size: 90mm.

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm

Water: Clear-Murky Outgoing

Line: Toray Jigging PE 30lb

Leader line:  Schneider 45LB

Knot: The Slim Beauty Knot

Jighead: Owner Nitro Jigheads 1/4oz #1/0

Reel: Shimano Scorpion 1500XT

Rod:ST. CROIX 6' MEDIUM POWER FAST ACTION 10-17LB 1/4-3/4oz USA

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #2

Action: Steady retrieving



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Barramundi #1027
Rapala XRD-10
Strong water current

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The convenient period for the land based barramundi fisherman to fish a sea barramundi is from April to October, but you may think that it is very strange, we haven't caught many barramundi in the period from the middle of August to the beginning of October.  We could catch a sea barramundi on shore in the case the water temperature is almost stable even if the water temperature is low.  On the other hand, the inconvenient period is from November to March because normally, the sea is very wavy on shore.
We differ from the boat fishermen who fish in tropical bays, estuaries and rivers.

The tides today
05:11am--6.5m
11:14am--2.89m
16:42pm--5.83m
23:32pm--1.22m

It's a very dark night!
I walked through the mangroves by myself while thinking about ZOMBIE having a crocodile skin.
I went to East Point to fish.
The water was very clear and going out.
The water current was very strong.
Rapala X-Rap is very effective for a strong water current.
Twitch-twitch-jerk!
I caught a dry-season's barramundi finally.






August 1, 2016
Land based in Darwin




Rapala XRD-10


Colour:  Tropical Green Chicla

Size: 100mm.

Where: Shallow water 50cm - 70cm

Water: Very clear Outgoing

Line: Toray Jigging PE 30lb

Leader line:  Schneider 45LB

Knot: The Slim Beauty Knot

Reel: Shimano Scorpion 1500XT

Rod:ST. CROIX 6' MEDIUM POWER FAST ACTION 10-17LB 1/4-3/4oz USA

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #2

Action: Twitch, twitch and jerk



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58cm Dry-season's Barramundi #1026
Squidgy Pro Mongrel

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02:40am--1.09m
09:03am--7.17m
15:17pm--1.76m
20:59pm--6.08m

I went to Channel Island.
Actually, yesterday I came this place.
At the first cast, I lost an expensive lure, Lucky Craft Pointer 100SP Zebra MS Aurora Gold that I bought the day before.
I bought it after Mr. Matt West (Barra Classic 2010 Champion) recommended it to me.
A nice-size barramundi struck and took it away on the first cast.
After all, I dropped two barramundi this day.

Today, my very good fishing friend, Mr. Darren Forsythe dropped two nice sized barramundi.
I also dropped a nice sized one.
However, I caught a 58cm dry-season's barramundi on a Squidgy Pro Mongrel.





July 24, 2016
Land based in Darwin




Squidgy Pro Mongrel


Colour:  Aussie Herring

Size: 90mm.

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm

Water: Clear-Murky Outgoing

Line: Toray Jigging PE 30lb

Leader line:  Schneider 45LB

Knot: The Slim Beauty Knot

Jighead: Owner Nitro Jigheads 1/4oz #1/0

Reel: Shimano Scorpion 1500XT

Rod:ST. CROIX 6' MEDIUM POWER FAST ACTION 10-17LB 1/4-3/4oz USA

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #2

Action: Steady retrieving



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70cm Barramundi as a first is awesome!
Mr. Ken Whittington
Rapala SXRM-10

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Ken recently moved to Darwin and he is a very keen lure fisherman.
I took him to East point late on Thursday night with a full moon.
Normally, I don't willingly go fishing to the shallows on the nigh with a full moon.
Especially, when the water is very clear on the night  with a full moon, barramundi are likely to be cautious about.
However, it was slightly windy that night.
The tide was going out.
18:52pm--6.53m
02:31am--0.93m
The water current was very strong.
Originally, a very strong water current should be avoided for the land based barramundi fishing.
The water was cold.
But I felt that I stood a chance against the situation that night.
I thought that barramundi would move about actively in search of food at night, and they would come to prey on bait fish into a creek because the strong water current hardly caused wariness even on the night with a full moon.





70cm barramundi as a first is awesome and definitely one to remember... Great catch!




He caught a 70cm barramundi on a Rapala SXRM-10 in a very cold and clear water.

It's the first barramundi in his life.
The water current was so strong that I taught him our local technique for a creek-fishing.
Twitch, twitch and jerk!




Mr. Ken Whittington
Rod: G.Loomis E6X752BS 8-20lb
Reel: Daiwa Caldia SHA 2500
Line: Sufix 832 10lb
Leader: Black Magic 20lb tough fluorocarbon
Leader knot: FG
Lure: Rapala Xrap 3x minnow
Colour: Albino Shiner
Size: 10cm
Action: twitch - twitch - jerk



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Barramundi #1025
Squidgy Pro Mongrel
It is not too much to say that the land based sea-barramundi fishing depends on the wind conditions.
Mr. Darren Forsythe

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My land based barramundi fishing wasn't blessed by the wind condition recently.
There were a lot windy days lately.
My very good fishing friend, Mr. Darren Forsythe caught a small barramundi on a Squidgies Slick Rig / 65mm Drop Bear at Channel island on the other day.



The wind shifted and blew harder immediately after he caught the barramundi.
The strong wind came from the rear.
I could cast lures far away but the bait fish also went away from shore.
Rightly, we couldn't catch any fish after that.

It is not too much to say that the land based sea-barramundi fishing depends on the wind conditions.

It was blowing hard while I was fishing over the weekend.
I went to Myilly Point to fish but I didn't catch any fish there.
I hit upon an interesting idea then.
I thought that there were a few barramundi left behind in a saltwater-pond after the previous big tide.
So I went to a saltwater-pond after dark.
I caught and released a small barra on a Squidgy Pro Mongrel / 90mm Aussie Herring at the second cast.
I was sure he was very hungry.




Normally, nice sized barramundi are not left behind in a saltwater-pond.

By the way, a year ago July 11, a 103cm barramundi was caught by Mr. Mitsu Satto at East Point.




This result was unmistakeable signs that we can catch a nice sized barramundi even in the dry season.


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70cm Barramundi on a live bait fish
By my fishing friend, Clay

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In July, the water temperature has settled down at a low temperature level.
It's chilly while driving a scooter in the morning.
I went to Channel Island to fish on 9th of July.

Today's tides as follows,

03:08am--1.38m
09:28am--6.97m
15:40pm--2.16m
21:16pm--6.09m
Not neap!
I think that it is good for my land based barramundi fishing in the dry season because the seawater becomes very clear at the neap tide in the dry season.
Barramundi become very cautious in a very clear water.

The tide was going out.
I hooked about 65cm barramundi on a Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm Aussie Herring, however, I lost the fish when the fish behaved violently near me.
On the other hand, my fishing friend, Clay caught a 70cm barramundi on a live bait.




July 9, 2016

Clay used a 80lb hand line.




Fine sized live mullet brought a 70cm barramundi to Clay.

We were also blessed with the wind condition.
It's no exaggeration to say that a lure fishing depends on the wind condition.

We enjoyed the dry season's barramundi fishing very much.


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Barramundi Houses in my usual fishing locations

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That is not because of the cold water season.
That is not because I have caught many barramundi in my usual fishing locations.




Some barramundi were lurking in the cavity of the rock as above.
They don't necessarily settle in the cavity of the rock.
There were many such rocks until a few years ago.
I used to call those rocks barramundi houses.

Barramundi sometimes prey on each other.
The large fish preys on the small fish.
That's reason why those barramundi have like sizes there.
I have once seen around 10 small barramundi in the cavity of the rock.

The number of barramundi has decrease in my usual fishing locations in recent years.
Especially, barramundi houses haven't been much in evidence recently.
So I fish fickle barramundi widely moving to different waters recently.

The most commonly expressed reason for this belief was the decrease of the total number of their bait fish in my usual fishing locations.
This much is certain.

There are some background factors among actually-occurred environmental changes.
The effect from it being artificially developed is not small???
The problem is not as simple as it might seem at first sight.

Our living water with earth-badly detergents and oils basically estranges their bait fish from my usual fishing locations.
However, in actual fact, the seawater quality of my usual fishing locations might have improved.
Do you mean to say the decrease of our poos in the seawater estranges their bait fish from my usual fishing locations?
Oh, dear, dear!
What shall we do?
Can you think of any reasons?
I still can't figure out that cause.

By the way, fishing barramundi becomes hard in the shallow waters at the neap tides in the cold water season because the seawater becomes much clear.
There are, indeed, exceptions.


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61cm and 57cm Dry season's barramundi #1023-1024
Squidgy Pro Mongrel

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I went to Fishing & OutdoorWorld this morning.
I bought a new braid line Sufix832 15lb for my Shimano Stella 2500FE.
On the other hand, Matt West (2010 Barra Classic Champion) chose and encouraged me a new braid line Toray Jigging PE 30lb for my Shimano Scorpion 1500XT.
And then I went to Channel Island to fish with my Shimano Scorpion 1500XT.
The flight distance of my lures surprisingly increased.

It seemed that the seawater temperature finally stopped falling.
Barramundi still didn't come to the very shallow water of 30cm-50cm deep.
I thought that barramundi might be about the water of 50cm-1m deep.
By using a Toray Jigging PE 30lb line, it became a lure reaching very far.
As a result, I caught 61cm and 57cm dry-season barramundi on Squidgy pro Mongrel 90mm / Aussie Herring.







61cm barramundi #1023 and 57cm barramundi #1024
June 25, 2016
Land based in Darwin




Toray Jigging PE 30lb is very useful for improving the flight distance of my lures with my Shimano Scorpion 1500XT bait caster reel.
This technique calls for a high degree of skill.




 By the way, Boga-grip is really handy, sturdy and rust-free.


Squidgy Pro Mongrel


Colour:  Aussie Herring

Size: 90mm.

Where: Shallow water 50cm - 1m

Water: Clear-Murky Outgoing

Line: Toray Jigging PE 30lb

Leader line:  Schneider 45LB

Knot: The Slim Beauty Knot

Jighead: Owner Nitro Jigheads 1/4oz #1/0

Reel: Shimano Scorpion 1500XT

Rod: ST. CROIX Triumph TRC60MF 6'
Medium Power Fast Action 10-17LB 1/4-3/4oz.

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #2

Action: Steady retrieving



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