18 Oct 2018

Barramundi #1176
Rapala CDX-7
Night fishing by land based

I found my usual fishing locations crowded last weekend.
We can say Million Dollar Fish has been an event with any sense of reality to it to many people in Darwin.
People are the fourth time in this Million Dollar Fish.
Million Dollar Fish has become close to people.
As expected, I needed to get out of the crowd.
I went fishing at night on October 17.
The probability that I can catch barramundi is high in the night time compared with day time.
There is a problem of mosquito in the night time.
Of course, we must look out for crocodiles.
I used a 7cm Rapala Count Down minnow.
The retrieve I use for Count Down minnow is a steady wind if it were usual.
I used it with a short jerking action, causing the lure to dart quickly and erratically to attract fish for catch at night.
The Rapala Count Down minnow is a hard body lure.
This method can be applied in soft plastic shad too.
"Easier said than done."  The beginners may well say so.
It sure is.
I saw a number of beginners in barramundi fishing recently.
They have to appropriately control a movement and colour of a lure in accordance with a situation.
However, it will get much more fun when they become able to do it.
I know, giving their best efforts will yield results.



Lure: Rapala XRCD-7

Size: 70mm

Colour: Glass Ghost

Where: Shallow water 50-70cm deep

Water: Murky / Outgoing

Line: Surfix 832 30lb

Leader: Jinkai 40lb

Knot: The Albright Knot

Reel: Shimano Curado 150 DC

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

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #3

Lure action: Steady triple twitches/a single pause retrieve

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9 Oct 2018

65cm Barramundi #1175
Yo-zuri Pin's Minnow 90mm
Barramundi #1176-1177
Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm
Cotton Cordel Red Fin 130mm

I'm not able to spend much time on developing new fishing locations.
But I went fishing at a new place on Saturday evening.
The results were not bad.
I caught and released 2 small barramundi.
Unfortunately, I couldn't land a 60-65cm barramundi.
I couldn't get close to the fish because there was much deep mud in front of me.
I tried to draw the fish towards myself by winding the fishing line out of the deep mud.
I thought that the 40lb leader line with the 30lb braid line has possibility that the line breakage occurs because the fish was quite heavy.
In the meantime, the 40lb leader line snapped.
I found the 40lb leader line frayed.
It seemed to me that the cut end of the 40lb leader line rubbed with a sand paper.
Barramundi has no sharp teeth but many sand-paper-like tooth.


#1176 Barramundi


Cotton Cordell Red Fin 130mm


#1177 Barramundi


Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm Rainbow Fish

I went fishing on Sunday too.
I hooked 3 barramundi but missed them.
I caught and released a catfish.
Finally, I caught a 65cm barramundi on Yo-zuri Pin's Minnow 90mm.
This lure is a floating minnow and can move lightly and lively.
I took the fish home and cooked into the fish and chips.


#1175 65cm Barramundi


Lure: Yo-zuri Pin's Minnow Floating

Size: 90mm

Colour: Green

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm deep

Water: Murky / Outgoing

Line: Surfix 832 30lb

Leader: Jinkai 40lb

Knot: The Albright Knot

Reel: Shimano Curado 150 DC

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

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #3

Lure action: Steady triple twitches/a single pause retrieve

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4 Oct 2018

The wind condition is always biggest worry in my land based barramundi fishing.

The wind condition is always biggest worry in my land based barramundi fishing.
My usual fishing locations are Darwin and its environs.
Those places are often a shore.
Those places are subject to wind very much.
If the wind condition is bad, either too strong or too weak, it will be difficult to catch barramundi on lures on shore.
The wind conditions are in many cases strong in Darwin and its environs.
The wind often blows against the lure.

My usual fishing locations appear and are exposed in the air at low tide.
The best tide shifts with the best fishing point every 15 minutes there.
That means that a productive fishing windows are very short.
We want to treasure the chances given to us.
There is no second chance at that fishing point point.
We must be careful not to waste time.
Especially, we want to avoid a line-tangling (backlash) trouble and a wind knot trouble.
Fortunately, the technologies of the fishing reel, rod and line are continually advancing so those troubles drastically decreased.
In my case, I am using a bait-cast fishing reel having a DC system (digital controlled brake system).
Actually, I'm obsessed by DC system now.
As you know, other fishing reel makers also have an attractive brake system.

Million Dollar Fish Season 4 has just started.
It may be your first time to participate in Million Dollar Fish.
It may be your first time to try the barramundi fishing on lure by land based.
You will get a complete set of tools.

The waters in my usual fishing locations are all saltwater.
In my case, I try to use fishing reel and fishing rod in good condition as long as I can.
It is very important to keep easy cleaning and maintenance for the fishing reel and fishing rod after use.
I like to shop at local tackle stores.
There are many helpful hints in the land based barramundi fishing for beginners there.
Of course, their advice on the cleaning method and the maintenance method for your fishing reel and fishing rod are very useful.
These efforts will also lead to avoid a line-tangling (backlash) trouble and a wind knot trouble.
In addition, I won't manually apply pressure to the spool of the bait-cast fishing reel unless something unexpected happens.


Normally, I will tighten the drag to put an appropriate pressure on the fish.
When a fish cannot be stopped by maxing out drag, then I may manually apply pressure to the spool of the bait-cast fishing reel, though.
My fishing line will break with a snap before that. 
That helps to keep my bait-cast fishing reel in good condition for a long time.
This is just my way.
Each and every angler differs in habits in fishing style.
I think that it is not good to force our ideas on others.
Anyway, let's enjoy Million Dollar Fish Season 4!

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26 Sep 2018

Barramundi #1174
Bomber Long A 14A

Season 4 of Million Dollar Fish is on again.
There are more possibilities you will get that this season.
Nothing will start unless you act first, though.
A friend of mine made a brooch of barramundi for me.


This is a lucky charm.
The present statue is the second in brooch of barramundi.
This barramundi has a red tag on the back.
I went fishing at Mindil Beach rocks on September 22.
The tides were delicate.
I knew the sea water was 'Not good condition' the moment I looked.
The colour and transparency were similar to fresh water pond.
It's not too much better in barramundi fishing when the sea water is this kind of the colour and transparency.
I caught and released a small barramundi somehow.
The small barramundi was hiding behind rocks at a depth of 50cm.


This was my 1174 barramundi on lure by land based.
I used Bomber Long A 14A.


This lure is a standard item for barramundi fishing.
By the way, I have recorded all barramundi I caught on lure in my blog.
Using those data, AI (Artificial Intelligence) will be able to predict the productive fishing windows in quite sure detail in future.

Lure: Bomber Long A 14A

Size: 89mm

Colour: Silver / Orange belly

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm deep

Water: Clear / Outgoing

Line: Surfix 832 30lb

Leader: Schneider 30lb

Knot: The Albright Knot

Reel: Shimano Curado 150 DC

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 triple twitches/a single pause retrieve

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19 Sep 2018

53cm Barramundi #1171
Barramundi #1172-1173
Yo-zuri Pin's Minnow 90mm
Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm
Squidgies Fish 70mm

September 15 was my birthday.
Hiro is 58 now.
I cannot express enough my feelings of my appreciation to the large-minded selective readers and the editors of Sunday Territorian.
September 16 was Sunday.
I went fishing at Channel Island.
I could catch and release 3 small barramundi somehow.
The situation of the act of preying by barramundi as a predator is daily or weekly changing.
They were moving about in search of jelly prawns until recently.
I found that they are positively interested in mullets again.
As a result, I caught a 53cm barramundi on Yo-zuri Pin's Minnow 90mm first as follows.



Second, I caught a small barramundi on Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm as follows.



Third, I caught a small barramundi on Squidgies Fish 70mm as follows.



When jelly prawns are abundant, barramundi will switch prey and feed on them very positively.
That period has been coming to an end.
This can make the barramundi fishing much easier.
We will be relieved of the frustration that barramundi don't positively chase our lures.
The impact is very strong when barramundi hunt mullet as a prey.
I have been obsessed by the impact strength of barramundi.

Lure: Squidgy Pro Mongrel

Size: 90mm

Colour: Aussie Herring

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm deep

Water: Murky / Outgoing

Line: Surfix 832 30lb

Leader: Schneider 30lb

Knot: The Albright Knot

Reel: Shimano Curado 150 DC

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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11 Sep 2018

Barramundi #1168-1169
50cm barramundi #1170
Yo-zuri Pin's Minnow 90mm

The sea barramundi is very cautious.
It's to your advantage to fish alone.
On the other hand, we must look out for crocodiles on shore even Mindil beach.
Anyone fishing alone does so at his or her own risk.

The number of sea barramundi is not many in my usual fishing locations this year.
The absolute number is much smaller than I expected.
Especially, larger barramundi with 55cm or more are remarkably decreased.

I went fishing at Mindil beach rocks on September 8.
The tides were delicate.
The fish weren't responding very much.
You'd stay at home than go out for fishing on lure by land based on such a day.
At this sort of time, I try to catch a barramundi hiding in a crack of rock or between rocks in shallow water.
The shock leader line was thinned this time in order to obtain a more natural motion of the lure.
As a result, I caught two small barramundi, one on Yo-zuri Pin's Minnow 90mm, and the other on Zerek Live Cherabin 100mm.


#1168


Yo-zuri Pin's Minnow 90mm


#1169


Zerek Live Cherabin 100mm

I went fishing at Channel Island on September 9.
There were two young people there near me.
You'd better not fish near someone because the barramundi come to stay away from you.
As a result, I caught a 50cm barramundi on Yo-zuri Pin's Minnow 90mm at a distance from them.


This was my 1170th barramundi on lure by land based.


Yo-zuri Pin's Minnow 90mm

I wish the large barramundi would come!

Lure: Yo-zuri Pin's Minnow

Size: 90mm

Colour: Green

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm deep

Water: Outgoing

Line: Surfix 832 30lb

Leader: Triumph Super Shock Leader Fluorocarbon 20lb

Knot: The Albright Knot

Reel: Shimano Curado 150 DC 6.2:1 Gear ratio

Rod: ST.CROIX
6'6" Medium power, First action, 10-17lb, 1/4-5/8oz.
Customized by Mr. Matt West (Barra Classic 2010 Champion).

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #2

Lure action: Steady triple twitches/a single pause retreive

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