Get down with the jungle boogie!
  |  First Published: March 2016

Barramundi are back on the target list and anglers are out and about trying their luck with this iconic species. We have had a few really nice showers of rain over the past month so this will really fire up those chrome beauties! The land-based options around the Townsville region are unreal, especially in the Ross River. Any of the weirs can offers some exciting sessions. Throwing big paddle-tail plastics is a sure way to get hooked up!

Jungle perch are a fun option to target with all the fresh water moving around. Lately I have been using the ZMan 4” Pop FrogZ. These plastics are so much fun to use in the sweet water streams. They are a weedless presentation when rigged on the TT lures ChinlockZ hook, and are able to be cast deep into structure without getting snagged. This is a real game changer when targeting jungle perch. Often they will hit them within the first foot of landing in the strike zone. Surface fishing for these fish is so much fun – so exciting to watch that explosion!

There are still plenty of mangrove jack in full aggressive mode. The humidity keeps them active and keen to peel some line off your spool. Remember that they are very territorial, so when you find that great looking snag, hit it from every angle until you move to the next one. Use a red colour presentation to trigger that territorial instinct. Once again you want that lure as deep in the snag as possible, so fishing weedless is a great option. TT lures have the SnakeheadZ and ChinlockZ combination that is absolutely dynamite for these situations. Throw it in rigged with your favourite lure and hold on!

Before every sooty grunter session I always remind myself how hard these little brutes actually fight. Even the smaller models know how to get you back under their snag with ease. Spinnerbaits are by far my favourite presentation to hunt sooty grunter. They can be worked down deep, fished in tight structure and be burned fast across the surface.

There are plenty of species to target in the tropical north and I hope everyone gets a chance to wet a line over this month. Fish on!

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