Barramundi Bait and Tackle

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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Rapala X-Rap

One of the great shallow water barramundi lures is the Rapala X-Rap. These have been one of the main prizes in the online NT barramundi fishing competition at

If you want a lure for shallow work around weedbeds in billabongs, or on the estuary flats, you can’t do much better than the X-Rap … here is the Rapala link.

The X-Rap models with the beefier hooks are best for barramundi, although the finer hooks will hold the fish if you take care, and some fishos believe the finer hooks give a better hook-up rate. The X-Rap Freshwater is a fine saratoga and sooty grunter lure.

The X-Rap - a great barramundi fishing lure for shallow weedbeds and estuary flats

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Berkley Bigeye Blades

The Berkley 46mm Bigeye Blade now comes in a range of natural colours to tempt the fussiest of bream as well as a host of other species. The only blade with a built in sonic rattle, Bigeye blades feature 3D eyes, natural finishes, super sharp trebles, multi adjustable tow points and come with 2 blades per pack for extra value.

Designed by Matt Fraser in conjunction with the Berkley Pro team, these blades are what bream anglers have been asking for, a longer profile and heavier weight (5.6gms) to add another weapon to the arsenal. But make no mistake, these will work fine as a barramundi fishing lure.

Big Eye Blades for barramundi fishing

Big Eye Blades for barramundi fishing

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Barramundi Fishing Reels

Daiwa Heartland XA Baitcaster ... an ideal saltwater barramundi reel

A small overhead casting reel called a baitcaster (above) is the most popular design for barramundi fishing. Though small, these reels are powerful, and allow easy thumb control of the spool when casting.

Baitcasters are ideal for trolling and good for casting with medium to heavyweight lures and baits.

Threadline or spinning reels are becoming more popular, especially with those who throw very small, light lures for barramundi, because it is difficult to cast a light lure with an overhead reel, especially into the wind.

Don’t bother with a cheap reel however, it will be more trouble than it is worth. Tropical conditions cause corrosion, and big fish will soon ruin cheap reels.

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Barramundi Fishing Lures

Bibbed minnows are the most popular barramundi lures. Soft plastic lures are also popular, especially during the wet season.

Surface lures take third place, and are good at night time. Jigs can work well alongside snags.

Most bibbed minnows float until retrieved. Sinking and suspending models are also available.

Floating lures can be cast over rocks and other snags. They rise when the retrieve is halted.

A floating-diving minnow with a big bib is best for trolling snags. Deep-divers tend to swim head-down with the bib bumping over snags, keeping hooks clear.

Sinking minnows are harder to fish as the lure will sink into snags. Nonetheless they are effective when snags are too deep or steep for floating-diving barramundi lures.

Depth of dive is the main issue when choosing a bibbed minnow.

The lure’s depth of dive should match the depth you fish. Most lures are made in several dive ratings, usually stated in feet as 3+, 5+, 10+.

Dive depth also varies according to the boat speed, the amount of line out and line thickness.

Trolling depth can be altered a little by raising or lowering the rod, but fishermen still need shallow, medium and deep divers for trolling at different depths.

Shallow divers or surface lures are essential for fishing flats and shallow bank edges where predators ambush bait.

Soft plastics and prawns have become popular in the barramundi fishery because they are effective, especially in the wet season, often getting a strike when hard bodied lures won’t.

The waggly tail seems to drive predatory fish wild.

Soft plastics no longer have to be assembled on a jig head – they can be bought in packs with each lure’s hook and weight moulded into the body.

Some anglers however like to use a range of jig heads on the same bodies and buy the heads and bodies separately.

Resin heads are popular for finesse fishing with almost unweighted lures, and can be hugely effective because of their lifelike action.

Most soft plastics have a single hook and the hook-up rate can be low, but the fish will often strike soft lures multiple times. Plastic prawn imitations also work well in northern fresh and saltwater.

Rattling jigs are effective when jigged along deep snags. Jigs can also be cast and retrieved but tend to foul snags because they have no bib.

Poppers and fizzers are worked on the surface and can be very effective at night or in shallow water.

They can also be effective around snags and weedbeds.

Work poppers slowly, especially at night.

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Bait for barramundi

Many people like to catch barramundi using bait. Mullet are the top livebait for barramundi. They can be caught in a cast net. Herring, garfish and sardines are also good baits. Barramundi only occasionally take dead baits.

In the freshwater, cherabin (giant prawns) are the best bait.

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