If you're the traveling type of angler it can be very easy to pack up and give Melbourne a break over the winter months, with the potential of warm sunshine and good fishing too much to resist. Barramundi fishing is popular for Victorians during winter, whether it be the top of the NT or to northern QLD.


Speaking of the NT, customer Bob flew to Darwin with a mate to try and get into some barra and whatever else was on offer. The guys fished with Peter at NT Fishing who put them onto some nice fish. Being a barra novice, Bob stopped by for lure and tackle advice and packed some essentials with him. We are pleased to see that Bob and mate got into some fish and had fun using the gear they purchased. Among the different forms of fishing they did they got to catch saratoga and barra from freshwater billabongs, and some nice barra and threadies from the salt.


Big threadfin salmon were a common capture in the larger rivers, with some real honkers up to 10kg landed. A couple were kept for a feed seeing they are excellent eating. The threadies are suckers for 'soft vibes' fished deep in the river channels and holes.


Customer Billy has also been escaping the cold Melbourne weather for a warmer climate. Billy regularly travels to Cairns and does a fair bit of fishing while he's there. Billy came into the store just before he left and stocked up on some different lures to try on the local barra. Even though only land based Billy has managed to land some respectable barra around 70cm using the lures he purchased. The main trick has been to scroll through different lure styles to find the one that's best suitable for the conditions, with shallow and deep running hardbodies working well, along with sinking soft vibes.

 

 

 


While customer Steve was up in QLD for Christmas visiting family, he couldn't help but get out and wet a line. Steve fished with a mate straight out of Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast. The boys were fishing around 7km out from the bar when they spotted some birds hitting the surface, so the boys started working lures around the commotion. They ended up catching some line burning mackerel tuna and yellowfin tuna from the baitball before the fish went deep.


After some deep bottom bouncing Steve decided to put a fillet of fresh wrasse down to see if anything showed interest, and he ended up landing a nice little kingfish. The boys ended up with a few for their efforts.

 


The lovely town of Noosa is quite popular for tourists and traveling fisherman alike, and with good reason. The Noosa river and surrounding offshore waters are host to a large array of species, with many southern and northern species mixing. Customer Vince travels here regularly and in his most recent visit found a good mix of species in the river. Vince was fishing the river from the shore using soft plastics to nail a couple of fish. A nice 52cm dusky flathead made it to the keeper bag, and a nice little diamond trevally went back to fight another day. Both fish were caught on Squidgy 90mm 'wriggler prawns' which are a very good representation of the local prawns that are common over the summer months.

 

Customer Casey, who lives in Noosa sent this photo in of a recent catch from the Noosa River. Casey was fishing with various baits when he caught one of these fish - which we're unsure if they're a northern species of flathead or crocodilefish. The other one turned up in a crab pot tied off to the jetty. 

 

Customer Jordan has been fishing over in New Zealand recently, where he has been targeting some lovely rainbow trout. Jordan is fly fishing some of the smaller rivers and creeks to target these lovely rainbows. The best method has been to use a heavily weighted nymph 'bomb' along with a globug as well.  

Customer Casey recently moved to Noosa in QLD for a sea change, and some better weather. Visiting mates, Tyson and Nick had a fish with Casey in the Noosa River where they had a ball catching yellowfin bream and sand whiting on light gear. Local prawn is a gun bait for these fish which will be perfect on the BBQ.

 

Customer Gary is a keen fisherman from northern NSW who likes fishing for mulloway and luderick around the rock walls and breakwaters of that part of the coastline. 

Recently Gary headed up to the central QLD coast, where he stopped at Yeppoon. Yeppoon is situated just north of Rockhampton and the area has no shortage of bays, creeks and river that hold some nice fish. 

Gary hadn't caught a barramundi so he decided to try around the beaches of nearby Rosslyn Bay. Not long into the session Gary hooked a nice fish about 20m from the edge of the shoreline which started jumping and trying to throw the hooks out. 

After a torrid 35 minute fight, Gary landed his first barra which measured 116cm and weighed around 13kg. Gary caught the lovely fish on a large 180mm hardbodied lure on a Penn spinning outfit spooled up with 10kg line. Not a bad fish for his first! 

 

Customer Hiepp recently towed his boat up to the Gold Coast where he stayed for a holiday. Being a keen fisherman he got out offshore from the Gold Coast and fished near one of the most productive reef patches.

Hiepp spent most of the time trolling skirted lures around with spanish mackerel to about 6kg taking the lures, along with a small black marlin which ate one of his skirts too. After a tense battle, Hiepp landed this marlin which weighed around 40kg on his 40-80lb Terez and Saragosa 18000F spooled with 80lb frog braid.