Constant wind from one-direction and stable weather patterns made for the best October and November fishing I’ve seen since the floods of recent years. While there were a few days that didn’t produce barra, most days did.
As a rule, early mornings and late afternoons have been the best bite times. Tactically, it makes more sense to divide your fishing day into two segments, with a couple of four or five hour sessions. For best results, you need to be on the water at first light and last light to maximise your chances of finding feeding barramundi. In most instances at this time of year, Monduran barra will go deep through the middle of the day, making them difficult to target. This will also make your fishing experience more enjoyable as it will allow you to escape from the heat of the day.
While side scanning large, flat areas about 2-3m deep, it’s not uncommon to come across large numbers of 1m+ barra. These fish are getting bigger and it’s now time to start upsizing our lures. Over the last month I have been using big soft plastics like the Zerek 7” Flat Shads, the new Happy Rock Softies in the 8” Big Willies and the new Z-Man 8” Mag SwimZ. I rig these on a lightweight jighead from Tackle Tactics in size 8/0.
When using these soft plastics it’s necessary to upgrade your leader to 80lb mono or 60lb fluorocarbon. In most cases, barramundi will swallow these lures completely, leaving your leader exposed to their file-like teeth, resulting in a lost fish.
This is a program that was conceived by my wife Kelly and myself four years ago, with the aim to raise funds above and beyond the proceeds that are already allocated from the SIP funding allowance. We started this proactive program to replenish the numbers of barra fingerlings that were lost in recent flood events. With the water level being above 90%, the stocking allocation allows us to release 500,000-600,000 fingerlings at 50mm long per annum, whereas the current funding pays for only 100,000.
There are a lot of anglers passionate about seeing the lake return to its former glory as one of Queensland’s biggest barra-producing impoundments. Julie Whalley is one of these people who has fished the lake for many years, seeing it go through the highs of frequently catching 1m+ barra to the lows of losing many of these fish over the wall in recent floods. Julie’s contribution to the Sponsor a Barra program has consisted of creating a website and a Facebook page to highlight awareness for this worthy cause. The Sponsor a Barra Facebook page is a good resource for anyone who wants to post their own reports, photos and experiences that they have had at the lake.
You can contribute by simply donating through the Sponsor A Barra website or Facebook page, or by calling into Lake Monduran Holiday park and making a donation through the office. You can also contact Julie through the Facebook page to purchase a Sponsor a Barra fishing shirt and organise sizes etc. So hop on Facebook or Google, search for ‘Sponsor a barra’ and get behind this great cause to ensure the future of barramundi fishing in Lake Monduran for our generation and the next.
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