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Fishing for Barramundi

Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Though the name is uniquely Aboriginal, it is an internationally famous fish found throughout the Indian and west-Pacific oceans.

A local favorite of many cuisines, barramundi, or 'barra' as the die-hards may say, are found in landlocked lakes, rivers, brackish water, estuaries, billabongs, coastal headlands and sometimes completely out to sea except during spawning season.

Their commercial value may be more popular then their reputation as a game fish but that does not stop the avid angler. Average barramundi get over 60 cm and up to 3 kg in their first few years of life and are perfect to fish with a fly rod, spinning tackle, spear or with a light baitcaster depending on the fishing conditions.

Barramundi, also known as the Asian seabass are abundant around shipwrecks, nutritious reefs and rivers holding a healthy level of small baitfish and crustaceans.

Their reputation for putting up a tough fight may be equal to their reputation for being great reproducers; female barramundi lay several million eggs more than other fish species- generally ensuring you a productive journey to barramundi waters.

Basic Info

Scientific name: Lates calcarifer

Size: up to 1.8 m

Weight: up to 60 kg

Lifespan: 25 years

Methods: Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): From the Persian Gulf to the Philippines and from Australia to India and Japan