24 May 2018

Barramundi #1140
Barracuda #17
Cold water

It has been windy in Darwin.
However, the waves are relatively fewer than those in the wet season.
The dry season has by far the largest number of the day when I can go fishing.
I went fishing at Channel Island on Saturday of May 19.
The seawater was cold and murky.
The sea surface was slightly wavy.
The wind was against me.
I needed a heavier lure.
I cast it at a rock hidden by murky water.
I had a strong fish bite while I was twitching my lure.
For a moment, I thought I hooked a barramundi.
As I caught some barracuda before, I recognized him at once.


65cm Barracuda


Lucky Craft Pointer 100SP

I have had a small sized barracuda broiled with salt before.
It was a pretty good dish.
I was afraid of getting food poisoning this time.
So I didn't keep this barracuda.

I went fishing at Mindil Beach before the market on Sunday.
The seawater was very clear and cold.
Barramundi have not come back to the shallow water from the deeper water yet.    They will be accustomed to a cold water soon.

I went fishing at Myilly Point rocks after work on Monday of May 21.
I used a very nice Polish hard body lure.
It was a 7cm small sized shallow diver.
The seawater was very clear.
A small barramundi took this small Polish hard body lure.
Barramundi took it even in the time when I was winding very slowly.



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23 May 2018

The real dry season has come.
The seawater temperature has been lowering.
Fish are migrating to a deeper water.
However, barramundi will acclimate themselves to a cold water soon.
And they will come back to my usual fishing locations soon.
I like our dry season very much.
Needless to say, it is nice weather this time of year in Darwin.
The times are right for the land based barramundi fishing too.
  • The sea is not wavy. 
  • The salinity concentration of the sea is stable. 
  • We don't have any worries about a stroke of lightning. 
  • It is easy to wade in the water because the water is clear to the bottom on shore.
I went fishing at Mindil beach when the tide was high.
There were no barramundi.
But I saw some longtom on the sea surface.
I thought of an idea.
I recorded a video how to catch longtom.
This video is useful to beginners in lure fishing for kids.



Using a popper, the best way to work this lure is to reel it in at normal speed, with the rod tip low and giving many short and little shakes.
For more, please visit my Youtube channel "charlietomato".

Rebel Pop R

Size: 75mm

Colour: Clear

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm

Water: Very clear

Line: Fins 30lb

Leader Triumph Super Shock Leader Fluorocarbon 40lb

Knot: The Albright Knot

Reel: Shimano Chronarch G 150HG

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

Action: Walk the dog



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9 May 2018

Barramundi #1135-1139
Akame Tackle Guppy 120
Bomber Long A 14A

I had a three-day weekend, may 5, May 6 and May 7.
I thought that I would go fishing on May 5 and May 6 after seeing those tide-tables.
Even if I were to go fishing on May 7, I should be bored.
Because the water currents caused by tides should be become slack on May 7.
There are exceptions to it, however.
That is fishing.
That being the case, I went fishing at Mindil Beach on May 5 and Myilly Point on May 6.

May 5: Mindil Beach rocks
The seawater was very clear.
The barramundi should be very cautious. 
I used some lures. 
Firstly, it was my first time using Akame Tackle Guppys 120. 
I found it at the local store. 
It was a very durable weedless soft plastic. 



#1135 Barramundi



Akame Tackle Guppys 120

Secondly, I was able to have that reconfirmed. 
I do like Bomber Long A! 



#1136 Barramundi





Bomber Long A 1

May 6: Myilly Point rocks
It is in a place that is about 5minutes away from the central part of Darwin by my scooter. 
The dry season has just started. 
The seawater was cooler than the seawater in April.
There are many rocks covered with oysters in this shallow water. 
I used Akame Tackle's Guppy 120 again. 
It is a very durable weedless soft plastic. 
It also has superior cast-ability. 
It did very good work for the land based barramundi fishing again. 
Akame Tackle is based in Darwin. 
I didn't know it.



#1137 Barramundi



#1138 Barramundi



#1139 Barramundi



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Akame Tackle Guppy 120

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm

Water: Very clear Outgoing/May 5 Incoming/May 6

Line: Sufix 832 15LB braid

Leader line: Triumph Fluorocarbon 40lb

Knot: The Albright knot

Reel: Shimano Stella 2500FE

Rod: Shimano Zodias 273MH 7'3" Line 6-12lb 7-12g

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #3

Action: Steady retrieving



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2 May 2018

Barramundi #1130-1134
Squidgies Fish 70mm
Zerek Flat Shad
40lb or 60lb leader?

I went fishing at Channel Island on Saturday, April 28.
The point was so shallow-20-30cm deep-that I couldn't use any hard body lures. 
I used a 60lb mono leader line at first. 
Barramundi wouldn't take any soft plastics. 
And I tried a 40lb fluorocarbon leader line. 
As a result, I caught and released 3 barramundi at the same point.


Barramundi #1130


Barramundi #1131


Barramundi #1132


Squidgies Fish 70mm Lime Lightning / Jighead: Owner 1/6oz #1/0

I went fishing the next day too.
I went to East Point.
I used a 40lb fluorocarbon leader line again.
As a result, I caught and released a small barramundi.


Barramundi #1133


Zerek Flat Shad 90mm

According to Mr. Todd Hanrahan, a lot of people who are targeting big barramundi in tight country run 40lb braid to 80lb leader and some run 50lb braid to 100lb leader.
I agree with Todd.
Local fishermen are normally targeting big barramundi (90cm+) in Territory. 
I'm targeting 55-85cm sized barramundi in my usual fishing locations near town in Darwin. I'm in a minority in Darwin. 
Because I only have scooter.

Mr. Steve Starling is a fishing legend.
he gave us advice in regards to this matter as follows.
Barra are super tough on leaders. 
40 is regarded as light, although I've gone down to 30 or even 20 on ultra clear flats at times to get the bite... but you have to expect to get chewed off a fair bit! 
Most Territorians run 50 to 70 pound leaders and with good reason. 
But it's the same old story... finesse definitely buys you more bites. 
The trade-off is that you'll lose more. 
It's a fine line, pardon the pun.

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25 Apr 2018

Barramundi #1127-1129
Zerek Live Shad 90mm
Dry season has just started.

Anzac day.
It was a pleasant morning.
Wet season has gone. 
Dry season has just started. 
I went fishing at East Point in the early morning.
The tide water was coming into the shallow.
The sea water was very clear.
Five or six people had already been there.
Some of them were fishing on live baits.
I saw one of them caught a nice sized barramundi. 
I caught and released a flathead on a hard body lure.
But I couldn't catch any barramundi.
The lure motions were discerned by barramundi. 

And I went straight to Mindil Beach. 
I saw some people fishing at my usual fishing point in the clear-water side. 
So I had to fish at the murky-water side. 
I waded through the shallow water to a knee deep point with great attention to crocodiles, stingrays and stonefish.

It would be very effective for matching the lure colour with the water colour in a shallow water.
By this, the lure motion hard to be not discerned by the fish.
The land based barramundi fishing differs the boat based barramundi fishing in many ways.
As a result, I caught and released 3 barramundi this morning.
To tell the truth, I am unsatisfied with the size of average barramundi around Mindil Beach.
Mindil Beach is located near the urban district very much.
We have no choice.



Barramundi #1127


Barramundi #1128


Barramundi #1129


Zerek Flat Shad

Size: 90mm

Colour: Similar to the murky water

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm

Water: Murky Incoming

Line: Fins 30lb

Leader Triumph Super Shock Leader Fluorocarbon 40lb

Knot: The Albright Knot

Reel: Shimano Chronarch G 150HG

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 #3

Action: Steady retrieve



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23 Apr 2018

Barramundi #1126
Shallow diving lure

I went fishing at Mindil beach on Saturday.
The sea water was very clear.
A 4.7m crocodile has been pulled from Darwin Harbour by rangers on the previous day.  
It happened only yesterday, I waded through the shallow water to a knee deep point with caution.  
I tested some trial products of the shallow-diving lures. 
One of those was a very nice shallow-diving lure having a very hard and wide wobbling action. 
Barramundi were not very hungry because they were eating many jelly prawns.
However, its very hard and wide wobbling action sufficiently attracted barramundi's interest.
As a result, I caught and released a barramundi on that shallow diving lure.





There have been very excellent shallow diving lures in the past.



  • Yo-Zuri SS minnow 70F/90F
  • Surecatch Snap Bean 65F
The harder the wobbling action is, the more it attracts barramundi's interest.
My land based barramundi fishing had to have these shallow diving lures.
On the other hand, such lures had low demand in boat fishing.
Finally, these shallow diving lures were discontinued.

I know from experience that a green shallow-diving lure attracts more barramundi's interests in colour.

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