Monduran barra getting bigger
  |  First Published: February 2014

The past three months of fishing at Monduran have been very encouraging to say the least. Once again good numbers of barra are being caught regularly on windward points and in bays.

Most of the barra caught are ranging in size from around 75-85cm with an odd 90cm+ fish mixed in with them. These fish are hitting hard, running fast and packing plenty of punch.

Angler’s that have had the experience of fighting a metre-plus barra know how hard they can be on your equipment. They test every aspect of your rig from line, leader, hooks, split rings and actual lure strength as well as your rods and reels. We definitely have to take all these things into account again, don’t be caught out. We tend to get a little complacent when fighting smaller Barra but the bigger Barra will test you and your equipment to the maximum so make sure everything is up to scratch. Upgrade hooks and split rings where needed and don’t use anything less than 30lb braid and 60lb leader. Make sure you are confident in your knots and the drag on your reels are running smoothly, it’s not worth the heartache of getting stitched up due to equipment failure. There is no better feeling than boating a hard earned barra.

The latest hotspots in Monduran have been SDA Bay, Bird Bay, Rainforest Bay, island area’s between north and south arm of B, also points and bays between J and I.

Jackall Squirrels in the pink eye suji, boney and the snub nose colours, Halco Hammas, Tilsan Barra’s and RMG Scorpions have been working best on a slow twitching retrieve with a 3-4 second pause every metre or so. Soft plastics like the Z-Man 4” Swimmerz have also been working well on a slow steady retrieve or bouncing them along the bottom in areas that will allow you to.

As a guide I often get asked when is the best time to target barra at Lake Monduran? In my 8 years of fishing on this lake I have found that any month from late August to May can fish just as good as any other depending on weather, however stable constant wind from the south east or from the north provide your best fishing possibilities.

My favourite months are late August, Sept and October then March, April and May. The reason is that the fishing is comfortable due to the cool mornings, mild days and the barra are still very active. November, December, January and February can get stifling hot, which has been typical of our recent summer season. The only way to combat this heat is to fish the early mornings for 3-5 hours, which means you have to be at the ramp ready to go just before sunrise.

The team and I at Lake Monduran wish you all the best for the New Year and we look forward to seeing you for the remainder of the barra season. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for anymore fishing info.

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