The previous month at Monduran brought along some unseasonal wind directions. Normally at this time of year we expect good and constant winds from the north or southeast, but so far we have had to work around two or three different wind directions per day. These type of conditions make fishing difficult, and can send an angler into a spin when looking for a starting point to target impoundment barra.
When the fishing is tough, technology can make all the difference. These days, sidescan sounders have been giving us a good understanding on how these impoundment barra operate. For example, we can see how barra react to wind conditions. When the wind is constant they school up together, and when that constant wind kicks in for a longer period of time their numbers increase, which makes them more likely to feed.
On the other hand, if the wind is variable, they will tend to separate from their large, schooled-up groups and spread out into much smaller numbers, which makes them harder to target. This is where sidescan technology will give you the advantage in tough conditions. You need to spend time watching your sounder while moving around, marking out the largest number of schooled barra to maximise your chances of getting a bite.
Out in the market place today, there’s an increasing number of reputable brands offering a range of different size units with side imaging technology to suit every angler’s budget. To ensure you get the sounder that suits your needs, your are better off consulting with experts in this field. If you’re in the area, drop in and see the team at Tackle World Bundaberg for some expert advice.
The barra in Monduran are feeding up and getting fat. Over the last month there have been some big barra hitting the decks in between the unfavourable winds. These barra have measured between 1-1.1m in length, weighing an estimated 20kg to 25kg.
These fish can be brutal, and there’s no doubt they will test every part of your equipment to the limit. I have put together a checklist of essential barra hardware you will need on your next trip to the lake.
• Line – 30-50lb braid
• Leader – 60-80lb supple mono or 50-60lb fluorocarbon
• Rods – 6-8kg
• Reels – 4000 series spin reels and low profile baitcasters with reasonable drag of 6kg or more
When it comes to lures, there’s a range of good options to try. Hardbody lures like the Jackall Squirrel, Rapala XXX-Rap 10, Storm Twitch Sticks and Storm Thunder Barra have all been successful. If you like using soft plastics, the 6” ZMan SwimmerZ, Squidgy Pro Slick Rigs and 8” Happy Rock Softies have all been working well.Reads: 1003