18 Jul 2018

The lure to express the movement of an injured and weakened fish

I went fishing at Channel Island on the weekend.
This was the first time in awhile that we had such big tides for came to my usual fishing locations.
The seawater for barramundi's habitation is circulated and activated.
There were four guys fishing in the same water.
One of them was my good fishing friend, Cookie.
He caught two barramundi.


Cookie's 1st barramundi


Cookie's 2nd barramundi


Cookie's successful soft plastic lure.

Craigo is a friend of Cookie.
He caught a barramundi too.



Craigo's successful soft plastic lure.

Cookie and Craigo had some more barramundi's bites on their soft plastic lures.
By contrast, I had no barramundi's bite on my lures.
My pride forbids my acknowledging my defeat, though.
They were better than I was in fishing a barramundi at that time.
The truth was that I have figured out what was happening.
The situation at that time is recorded in a video movie.
From the movie it can be confirmed that the retrieving speed of my lure was slightly faster than their retrieving speed of their lures.
You can see the situation at that time on a new video in my Youtube channel 'charlietomato'.

As you know, I should have produced the irregular floating of the lure to express the movement of an injured and weakened fish.
To realize that, I schedule to use a fishing reel using a low gear ratio next time.

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11 Jul 2018

Productive Fishing Window

I hit my little toe against the door frame and my nail was taken off last Thursday.
I am passive in fishing from that day.
I felt that in that case I really ought to answer a question from many readers.
A frequently asked question is "Where is the best fishing spot on weekend?" or "When is the best tide for fishing barramundi on weekend?".
Please use a lot of information and think by yourself.
Although I am acting big, in reality I myself won't know that until right before.
But I know more than just the name of barramundi due to my job.
I keep bringing up the same theory over and over again.
"The best tide shifts with the best fishing point every hour."
Basically, you can fish sea-barramundi in the case of the tide while moving.
Exceptionally, injured barramundi will take lures even in the tide while not moving.
They are frantic to live today.
Statistically speaking, there are some good timings in which an angler is likely to be catching sea-barramundi in the shallow water.

"Productive Fishing Window" is important.
It depends on the fishing point.
The allowed time of the productive fishing window varies according to the fishing point.
It in some places is less than 30 minutes when the tide is coming.
Furthermore, the other conditions influence the results of the land based sea-barramundi fishing in shallow water.
The good fishing results are usually not expected under the following conditions.
  • Very windy 
  • Very wavy 
  • Very flat sea surface 
  • Sudden change of water temperature
  • Too much freshwater
Please don't forget that barramundi are moving about in search of their baits.
In addition, they are very cautious against you.

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4 Jul 2018

51cm Barramundi #1147
Trevally #48
Golden Snapper #20
Savage Gear 3D Minnow Twitch 80
Squidgies Fish 80mm

There are a lot windy days lately.
So on windy days, it is not easy to find a fishing location which is suitable for the lure fishing.
The force of the wind was weakened on Saturday morning.
I decided to go fishing to Channel Island by my 150cc scooter depending on the tidal level.
Any tidal level over 2.8m has too much water to access to my usual fishing location there.
By the way, you should always be aware of the risk of a saltwater crocodile attack in all Top End waterways. 
It is never 100% safe to enter the water. 
Your personal safety is your responsibility.

SAVAGE GEAR provides a hard-body lure to be swum little by little like a small mullet.
This was my first time using a Svage Gear 3D Minnow Twitch 80.



First, an approximately 50cm trevally took its lure in an 1m-deep clear water.


The force in this size trevally is always very strong.

Second, a 51cm barramundi took the same lure at a depth of about 20cm in a murky water.



The sizes being equal, trevally would be more aggressive than barramundi.
I like these fish, but I prefer barramundi as game fish in shallow water.

I changed the lure.
And I caught and released a small golden snapper on Squidgies Fish 80mm Drop Bear colour.


This is about how I spend my Saturday morning in Darwin.

Lure: Savage Gear 3D Minnow Twitch 80 Suspending

Size: 80mm

Colour: like Mullet

Where: Shallow water 20cm - 100cm deep

Water: Clear and Murky / Outgoing

Line: Surfix 832 30lb

Leader: Black Magic 40lb mono

Knot: The Albright Knot

Reel: Shimano Chronarch G 150HG

Rod: Redington Model CPX868C2 8'6" Medium Action 8-15lb 1/8-1/2oz

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #2

Lure action: Twitch and roll

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28 Jun 2018

Not easy to catch barramundi at the neap tide in a cold-water season.

The difference between high and low tides are becoming small in June every year.
Even so, I normally can catch some barramundi in my usual fishing locations in June.
Even if the seawater is cold and clear, I will be able to catch some barramundi.
If it were usual, I can probably catch some barramundi in June
I felt something was wrong with that this weekend.
As a result, I couldn't catch any barramundi.
Major reasons for this include the neap tide in a cold-water season.
The generating quantity of micro baits for small baits is reduced in a shallow water at the neap tide in a cold-water season.
On the other hand, it's easy to catch some barramundi at the neap tide in the wet season.
Because the difference between high and low tides becomes great in the wet season.
However, I went fishing at Mindil Beach and Fannie Bay on the weekend.
According to expectation, I didn't have any fish-bites on my lures.
I have repeatedly wrote, I don't think that the cold water is as big a problem as you think in the barramundi fishing in the dry season.
Some people caught and released many small and middle sized barramundi in billabongs now.
Some people caught some nice sized barramundi and mangrovejack in Darwin Harbour now.


My very good fishing friend, Mr. Callum Gumball caught a nice sized mangrovejack in the harbour in the morning on June 26.
Callum knows where to go fishing mangrovejack very well even in a cold-water season.
Barramundi and mangrovejack are always moving about in search of their baits.
An angler for the land based barramundi fishing should move about in search of a place where the generating of micro baits for small baits possibly occurs.
It requires the boat in this case.
However, it is not at Mindil Beach.


I don't know who they are.
Their efforts would come to nothing at Mindil Beach.

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20 Jun 2018

52cm Barramundi #1146
Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm
8'6" Long fishing rod for baitcast reel

Continuing from last week, I have been using a 8'6" very long fishing rod for my bait-cast reel.

Saturday of June 16

It's very windy.
I went fishing to Channel Island.
I was thinking that I needed a cowling for my 150cc scooter which could effectively suppress an air cutting sound while driving.
I stayed and fished at Channel Island for 2 hours.
As might be expected, the fishing results were very poor.
And I hesitated about which fishing location to go with, Mindil Beach or East Point.
Finally, I moved to look for good-tide timing to Mindil Beach.
I thought that my decision was correct when I arrived at Mindil beach.
The wind in the upper sky was strong.
But the sea-surface wasn't wavy.
It's a typical situation in our dry season.

I waded through a knee deep water to a good place for casting lures.
The seawater was murky.
Be careful when entering our waters!
I had to watch my step, or else I would trip on the rocks or step on the stingrays.
A 8'6" long fishing rod was a handy to take on this situation.
The progress in technologies of fishing reels, fishing lines and lures also has given my land based barramundi fishing an amazing casting-distance of lures.
As a result, I caught and released a 52cm barramundi on Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm Aussie Herring colour.
The size of barramundi is a lottery in my usual fishing locations.

It is much less muggy in June than it was our wet season.
In addition, I'm not concerned about a lightning strike while fishing.
I love our dry season.




Lure: Squidgy Pro Mongrel

Size: 90mm

Colour: Aussie Herring

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm deep

Water: Murky / Incoming

Line: Surfix 832 30lb

Leader: Black Magic 40lb mono

Knot: The Albright Knot

Reel: Shimano Chronarch G 150HG

Rod: Redington Model CPX868C2 8'6" Medium Action 8-15lb 1/8-1/2oz

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #2

Lure action: Steady retrieve

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13 Jun 2018

Barramundi #1145
Rapala Flatrap 10F
Long 8'6" fishing rod

Do longer fishing rods cast farther?
Those became possible due to advance in technology.
The flying distance of the lure is a very important factor in the land based barramundi fishing at my usual fishing locations.

I went fishing at Myilly Point rocks on Monday of June 11.
As you know, Myilly Point rocks comprises Mindil Beach and its rock bar is L-shaped oriented casino side.
The seawater was very shallow.
I needed to cast the lure accurately to a distance fishing point.
I used a 8'6" long fishing rod for my bait-cast reel this time.
The 2-piece fishing rod is more compact to transport than the 1-piece fishing rod.
I was satisfied with its cast-distance very much.
This 8'6" long fishing rod has good lure-operation-ability too.
I did not expect this.
However, the result proved it.
I caught a barramundi on a hard body lure.




I used Rapala Flatrap 100mm Floating.
As the picture suggests, I should have changed the original treble-hooks on this Rapala lure for better-quality hooks.
Maybe, these original treble-hooks are not strong enough for even a 50cm sized barramundi.

Lure: Rapala Flatrap 10 Floating

Size: 100mm

Colour: Chrome

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm deep

Water: Very clear / Incoming

Line: Fins 30lb

Leader: Black Magic 40lb mono

Knot: The Albright Knot

Reel: Shimano Chronarch G 150HG

Rod: Redington Model CPX868C2 8'6" Medium Action 8-15lb 1/8-1/2oz

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #2

Lure action: twitch and jerk

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