16 Aug 2017

70cm and 62cm Barramundi
Zerek Flat Shad
Mr. Keith Watson

I went fishing at East point with Keith Watson on August 7, and I went fishing at Channel Island with Keith Watson on August 13.
He caught a 52cm barramundi and a small barramundi on August 7, and 62cm and 70cm barramundi on August 13.
He is my very good fishing friend in years.
He returned after three years' absence from fishing in Darwin.
That is certainly true that I took him to my fishing locations at my favourite productive fishing windows.
It is a great mistake to think that any one could catch barramundi in that case.
In fact, despite I did my best, I couldn't catch any barramundi at those times.
In brief barramundi didn't choose my lures but Keith's lures as baits.
Matching the bait to the location is very important to him.
Matching the lure to the bait is very, very important to him.
In addition, Keith is highly skilled in accurate-lure casting.
In my case, it's a rotational system operation by using 5 or 6 lures.
My method is suitable for beginners very much.
I think that Keith is also good at reading a subsurface flow of water because he can use a light soft plastic shad proficiently.
As a result, he caught 62cm and 70cm barramundi at Channel Island on August 13.




62cm barramundi





70cm barramundi




Zerek Flat Shad


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10 Aug 2017

52cm Barramundi
KO Tackle TailBaitz
Mr. Keith Watson

Last Monday was a public holiday.
I went fishing at Mindil-beach rocks in the morning.
I was standing knee-deep in the water.
The water was cold and very clear.
The tide was going out.
There were many oyster-rocks in the shallow water.
If it were usual, I use some soft-plastic lures.
But I wanted to use a hard-body lure.
I had to use a light-weight lure scarcely being caught on an obstacle under water.
So I chose to use a Rapala Original 130mm / Gold made of wood.
Rightly, I had to adjust the fishing rod to the light-weight lure.
As a result, I chose to use a 1-3kg very light fishing rod.
Fortunately, my choices paid off and caught and released five small barramundi on a Rapala Original 130mm / Gold made of wood.




1/5 barramundi at Mindil-beach rocks




Rapala Original 130mm / Gold made of wood.

After lunch, I went to East point.
I met Keith Watson (Doc) for the first time in 3 years.
The tide was coming in.
The productive fishing window was short at that point.
He just returned after 3 years' absence.
But he showed me his masterly skill in his barramundi fishing again.
As a result, he caught 52cm barramundi and one more small barramundi on KO Tackle TailBaitz.






52cm Barramundi




KO Tackle TailBaitz


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Barramundi #1076-1080
Rapala Original 130mm
Cold and very clear water

Last Monday was a public holiday.
I went fishing at Mindil-beach rocks in the morning.
I was standing knee-deep in the water.
The water was cold and very clear.
The tide was going out.
There were many oyster-rocks in the shallow water.
If it were usual, I use some soft-plastic lures.
But I wanted to use a hard-body lure.
I had to use a light-weight lure scarcely being caught on an obstacle under water.
So I chose to use a Rapala Original 130mm / Gold made of wood.
Rightly, I had to adjust the fishing rod to the light-weight lure.
As a result, I chose to use a 1-3kg very light fishing rod.
Fortunately, my choices paid off and caught and released five small barramundi on a Rapala Original 130mm / Gold made of wood.












Rapala Original


Size: 130mm

Colour: Gold

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm

Water: Very clear Outgoing

Line: Sunline Super PE 30LB

Leader line: Sunline FC Rock Fluorocarbon 40LB

Knot: The Slim Beauty

Reel: Shimano Calcutta 200D

Rod: Fenwick HMG classic GC561M 5'6" Lure weight: 7-21g Line weight: 1-3kg

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #2

Action: Twitch


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3 Aug 2017

70cm Barramundi
Zerek Live Cherabin 100mm
Mr. Matt Cook

I have sold my 150cc scooter.
My very good friend, Dave Krantz picked me up at my place.
We went fishing at Channel Island.
We waded through the shallow water to my favourite fishing location.
Soon after that, Matt Cook came there.
We call him Cookie.
He caught 73cm and 63cm barramundi there last time.
Cookie and I stood and fished side by side.
The water was cold and clear in our dry season.
I used some of my favourite lures.
Cookie used a Zerek Live Cherabin 100mm.




Zerek Live Cherabin 100mm he was using was similar to Jelly prawn.




His technique is a rank up.
I thought that he pursued technique that utilizes the behaviour of Jelly-prawn.
As a result, he caught a 70cm very beautiful barramundi in colour.




He used a 20lb braid line as a mainline and a 45ld mono line as a leader line.
He is a better barramundi fisherman than I.

The Cookie's technique can be seen in the video on YouTube "Land based barramundi fishing near town in Darwin Vol. 19".


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27 Jul 2017

51cm Barramundi #1075
Rockcod #340
Squidgies Fish 80mm
Need protective equipments

I went fishing Lee point on Sunday morning.
The tide was going out.
I waded through the shallow water to the rocks.
My spike sole got caught the oyster-rocks surface and stumbled at the time of walking.
As a result, I fell into the water.
I had experiences that I fell down and got injured  many times on the rocks.
Then, I always wear protective equipment, knee pad, elbow pad and gloves during my land based barramundi fishing.
Thanks to those protective equipments I didn't hurt myself.
The atmosphere of this accident can be seen in the video on YouTube "Land based barramundi fishing needs proper protective equipments".
Mr. Jackson Dick did the same thing at Mindil beach spot and ended up with 8 stitches.




This picture accounts for the importance of the protective equipment.

By the way,  I went to East point to fish on Sunday afternoon.
The tide was coming in.
I caught a 51cm barramundi and a rockcod on Squidgies Fish 80mm Black Gold.
The sea water was cold and very clear.






51cm barramundi / July 23, 2017




Rockcod




Squidgies Fish

Size: 80mm

Colour: Black Gold

Jighead: OWNER 1/6oz #1/0

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm

Water: Very clear Incoming

Line: Sufix 832 15LB braid

Leader line: Sunline FC Rock Fluorocarbon 40LB

Knot: The Slim Beauty Knot

Reel: Shimano Stella 2500FE

Rod: Shimano Terez C4S 7'2" 10-20lb line weight Medium-power Fast-action

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #3

Action: Steady retrieving



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20 Jul 2017

Barramundi #1074
Squidgies Fish 80mm Black / Gold

Thanks to Facebook I can see many pictures many friends took of barramundi in cold water in our dry season.
We still can catch many barramundi even in our dry season.
I believe that it is so common as to be normal now.
We can fish not only barramundi, but also bream, trevally, queenfish, tuna, Spanish-mackerel, jewfish and sailfish in our dry season.
The sea water of our dry season is normally very clear on shore.
Barramundi become very cautious in very clear water.
On the other hand, a very clear water has good aspects.
I can watch my step very well.
I can see near my feet.
It is not required that I fall down and get injured.
In addition, it is nice weather this time of year here.

I sold my 150cc scooter recently.
I have one more scooter.
My 50cc scooter is 11years old now.
The total distance driven is around 70,000km so far.
My scooter is still in great form because Mr. Callum Gamble of Arafura Moto fixed every time.




With a 50cc scooter, it takes 2hours from my place to Channel Island, therefore, I often go fishing to Mindil beach closer to where I live recently.
I went to Mindil beach to fish last Saturday again.
The sea water was cold and very clear.
I used a very light fishing tackle.
First, I caught and released a barracuda on Rapala Original F-13 Gold.
Second, I caught a barramundi on Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm Aussie Herring.
Their working circumstances are described in detail in the video "Land based barramundi fishing near town in Darwin Vol. 16" on YouTube.




Barramundi / July 15, 2017 / Mindil beach




Squidgies Fish

Size: 80mm

Colour: Black Gold

Where: Shallow water 50cm - 70cm

Water: Very clear and cold Outgoing

Line: Sufix 832 10LB

Leader line: Black magic Leader 40LB

Knot: The Slim Beauty

Jighead: OWNER 1/6oz #1/0

Reel: Shimano Sustain 1000FG

Rod: ST.CROIX  AVID/AVS66LF2 4-8LB 1/16-1/4oz. Fast action

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #2

Action: Steady retrieving


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13 Jul 2017

Barramundi #1072-1073
Squidgies Fish 80mm
Barramundi #1074
Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm
As is often the case with beginners

The soft plastics are more likely to cause a snag in the case of the beginner.
I have been asked by a reader as follows.
All I'd get is snagged on the rocks. Weedless be the go?
"That is true," I will respond.

Many skilled lure-fishermen might tell him to wind the soft plastics as slow as possible.

One of them was me though.

That's why he lost his soft plastics at Mindil beach.

Mindil beach in some places is a rugged coast.
There are thousands of rocks covered with oysters in water.
Technically, Mindil is the toughest fishing location.
My winding speed of fishing line should be faster than he expected at Mindil.
My video, "Land based barramundi fishing near town in Darwin Vol. 15", will give him some idea of my winding speed of the fishing line.
http://landbasedbarramundifishing.blogspot.com.au/

In addition, I used a very fast fishing reel with 8.2 : 1 gear ratio in my video.




I should respond that he doesn't need the weedless even at Mindil.
And I can tell him this following approach.
First, he should wind the fishing line fast at the first cast of the soft plastic.
Second, he should wind the fishing line while gradually lowering winding speed with lifting the tip side while holding the fishing rod.
Finally, he will know the slowest winding speed for the fishing location at Mindil.



1st barramundi




2nd barramundi




Squidgies Fish 80mm, Black Gold




3rd barramundi




Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm, Aussie Herring


Squidgies Fish

Size: 80mm

Colour: Black Gold

Where: Shallow water 50cm - 70cm

Water: Very clear, Outgoing

Line: Fins 30LB

Leader line: Sunline FC Rock Fluorocarbon 40LB

Knot: The Slim Beauty

Reel: Shimano Scorpion 70XG

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

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #2

Jighead: OWNER 1/6oz #1/0

Action: Steady retrieving


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6 Jul 2017

Barramundi #1071
Squidgies Fish 80mm
53cm Barramundi #1072
Zerek Live Shrimp 127mm with Jagla setting

The wind operates powerfully on the land based barramundi fishing both for good and evil.
I went to Mindil beach to fish on Sunday afternoon.
It was very windy.
The sea was wavy.
The height of those waves was all I could fish barramundi on shore.
I thought hopes were slim.
Still, I wanted to catch a barramundi.
I found it was difficult to catch barramundi.
When I am in trouble and need a good lure, I use a Squidgies Fish.
Squidgies Fish is a lure I can rely on when the barramundi do not bite.
As a result, I caught a very small barramundi.




Small barramundi / Sunday afternoon July 2, 2017




Squidgies Fish 80mm, Black/Gold, 1/6oz, #1/0

When it became Tuesday afternoon, the sea was slightly wavy.
I went fishing to East point after work.
The sun was quickly sinking.
I used a Zerek Live Shrimp 127mm with attracting barramundi by properly adjusting the winding speed fitting to the condition of the actual fishing spot.
There was big rocks covered with oysters in water.
I caught a 53cm barramundi.
I tried to protect a fishing line from being broken even when dragged rapidly by a nice sized barramundi.
The Jagla setting did good work again.
After all, my fishing result is up to the wind condition.





53cm barramundi / Tuesday evening July 4, 2017




Zerek Live Shrimp with the Jagla setting

Size: 127mm

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm

Water: Very clear and cold Outgoing

Line: Fins 30LB

Leader line: Sunline FC Rock Fluorocarbon 40LB

Knot: The Slim Beauty

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 #3

W-hook: OWNER Cultiva Stinger Double hook SD-36 #4

Action: Steady retrieving


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27 Jun 2017

73cm and 63cm Cold water barramundi
Mr. Matt Cook
Zerek Live Cherabin 100mm

We love cold water in our dry season!
I went fishing to Channel Island in the morning last Sunday.
I met with Cookie for the first time in three years.
Mr. Matt Cook (Cookie) caught 73cm, 63cm and some small fish on Zerek Live Cherabin 100mm with very light tackle.
He also caught a 83cm barramundi a week ago.
In contrast to him, I didn't catch any fish at that time.
But I stood and fished close to him.
Cookie has a boat.
He mainly uses his boat for crabbing.
He mainly catches barramundi by land based.
That is very likely to me.
As I have mentioned, barramundi become very cautious in clear and cold water.
By the nature of the case, special technique is used in clear and cold water.
It shows the lure as if it is real bait fish or prawn.
I saw his secret technique.
He is really good at luring.
He is a better lure-fisherman than I.




73cm barramundi / June 25, 2017




63cm barramundi / June 25, 2017




Zerek Live Cherabin 100mm

I activated a new blog collecting my videos.
http://landbasedbarramundifishing.blogspot.com.au/


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22 Jun 2017

Barramundi #1069-1070
Squidgies Fish 80mm
Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm
Very clear and cold water

I went fishing to Mindil beach on Saturday of June 17.
The sea water was very clear and cold in dry season.
Just as I mentioned before, most people think we can't enjoy barramundi fishing in the cold water season.
I will dare your disagreement, and say that it is only their imagination.
Barramundi start to have a very high cautiousness in clear and cold water.
As far as I have experienced, the rolling action is more efficient than the wobbling action when I use soft-plastic lures in the very clear and cold water.
A beginner in barramundi fishing may as well know the action of large sized barramundi travelling from the shallow waters where they lived to deeper waters having stable temperature in the cold-water season.
Separately from that, we are able to see a lot of small sized barramundi in the shallow water in our dry season.
In the evening, even large sized barramundi follow schools of small fishes into shallow water in our dry season.
It depends on how you fish barramundi in the cold water season.
First, I caught a small barramundi on Squidgies Fish 80mm.




Small barramundi / June 17, 2017 / Mindil beach




Squidgies Fish 80mm, Black-gold, Jighead 1/6oz #1/0 

Second, I caught a 48cm barramundi on Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm.






48cm barramundi / June 17, 2017 / Mindil beach




Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm, Aussie Mullet, Jighead 1/4oz #1/0

The fishes to be an object of fishing are not so big in size, therefore, I used a very light fishing rod and very small reel.




I enjoyed the exciting lure fishing using a very light tackle.
You can view video image that shows some aspects of my real land-based fishing at Mindil beach on YouTube (search Land based barramundi fishing near town in Darwin Vol. 10)

THE LOWDOWN

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm

Water: Very clear and cold Outgoing

Line: Sufix 832 10LB

Leader line: Black magic Leader 40LB

Knot: The Slim Beauty

Reel: Shimano Sustain 1000FG

Rod: ST.CROIX  AVID/AVS66LF2 4-8LB 1/16-1/4oz. Fast action

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #2

Action: Steady retrieving


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