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Shane Compain’s Roper River monsters

Shane Compain of Tackle World in Darwin is one of the few fishos who has the knack of regularly finding monster barramundi, and often in situations outside the norm.
He recently went to the Roper River, fishing big tides and dirty water.
He was told the timing was wrong and he probably wouldn’t catch much.
The Roper is an awfully long drive from Darwin to fish in less than optimal conditions. But Shane cleaned up.

A metre-long Roper River barra comes to Shane Compain's net

A metre-long Roper River barramundi comes to Shane Compain's net

A possible 1.3m barra clears the water during Shane Compain's Roper River trip

A possible 1.3m barramundi clears the water during Shane Compain's Roper River trip

Queensland groper were abundant on Shane Compain's Roper River trip

Queensland groper were abundant on Shane Compain's Roper River trip

“It was a long drive for just two days of fishing, but we caught 30 barramundi, the biggest a 113cm fish,” he said.
‘Next biggest was an 85cm, and the rest were 75cm to 85cm.
“But we lost a horse that would have been 130cm.
“We also caught several groper, one around 100kg – they taking big soft plastics and there seemed to be loads of them.
“We were fishing a deepish hole in an eddy near the mouth, bouncing lures along the bottom – we were catching a mix of jewfish, groper and barra.
“A mate hooked the monster barra and we got footage of it near the boat – it was huge.
“I could have slapped the big fish with the GoPro camera – the head on it was huge.
“There was bait coming out of its mouth when it was jumping, it was awesome.
“I was skippered by Stephen Bennat and it was just saltwater fishing, there was no run-off.
“We stripped a reel on the groper – they were there in numbers.
“The hole was about 7m, it was not the deepest area but it had a load of fish.
“On the first day we only caught five fish, it was a bit of a fizzer – we started our trolling from a boat ramp near the mouth where we got a couple of fish.
“It was on big tides and people had told us we were wasting our time – most did not want to tell us anything at all.
“There was no clean water, although it was a little bit clear for short times during the tide.
“We were mainly fishing filthy chocolate water with the soft plastics running along on the bottom.
“Another boat fishing with us got a 95cm barra and some 70cm fish.
“It was a great first trip to the Roper for me.”

See Shane’s great video here.

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Barramundi surface lures

Reidys J Walker ... the perfect surface lure for barramundi

Reidys J Walker ... the perfect surface lure for barramundi

One of the many excellent Reidys barramundi lures you don’t hear a lot about is the J Walker.
The J Walker is a “dog-walker” lure that swims with a side to side motion across the surface.
It imitates barramundi prey like popeye mullet. Barra love ’em.
The J Walker is 100mm long and weighs 32g. The lure is fitted with two heavy treble hooks with heavy duty split rings, which make it ideal for barramundi, which can pull apart weak lures.
Reidys have some other iconic barra lures, such as the shallow running B52, and the fast trolling Judge. The J walker will likely become the iconic barramundi surface lure.
Another great barramundi surface lure is the Rapala Skitter Pop. This is a standard popper that has to be worked gently across the surface – this lure is deadly in billabongs at night time.

Rapala Skitter Pop ... dynamite on billabong barra at night

Rapala Skitter Pop ... dynamite on billabong barra at night

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Adelaide River mouth barramundi

Marilyn Walsh with a 105cm barramundi from the Adelaide River mouth, caught with Top End Tackle World's 'Mulga"

Marilyn Walsh with a 105cm barramundi from the Adelaide River mouth, caught with Top End Tackle World's 'Mulga"

Top End Tackle World’s Mulga said he took family members to the mouth of the Adelaide River and caught a 104cm and 105cm barra.
“One fish was hooked an hour before the bottom of the tide, and the other an hour later, by which time everyone had started complaining about the lack of fish,” he said.
“They were good fish but we had to work hard.
“The big Strada lures were trolled fast down the middle of one of the side creeks.
“You just have to keep on at it and, out of the blue, they just jump on.
“Once the tide pushed up hard the fishing was all over.
“There were a heap of boats out there but I didn’t see anyone else catch a fish.
“All the others were looking for clean water, which usually works, but the water we fished was like mud.
“There was a little bait around but not a lot. When it looks quiet, you just have to put your mind to it.”

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