The mighty Barramundi is such an iconic fish that is often regarded as a once in lifetime fish to catch. For many anglers this is requires years of planning and many hours traveling north in search of a trophy fish and I’m sure many anglers would agree that a huge trip up to north QLD and NT would definitely be a once in a life time trip, especially when balanced against family and other commitments. Instead a lot of anglers opt to chase the mighty Barramundi in fresh water impoundments with the theory being they have to be in there somewhere but as I found out on my first real trip to find a Barramundi, just because they’re in there doesn’t mean you’ll get one. Not being an expert Barra fisherman as such, I’ll step you through my experience on how I eventually tracked down a descent impoundment Barramundi.
I’ll step back to September 2020 and my first real mission to chase impoundment Barramundi. For years whilst working interstate I’d been dreaming of driving to Lake Awoonga in search of a Barra and when the family asked what I wanted to do for my birthday, this was the first thing that sprung to mind, over the next few days the accommodation and leave was booked in and a family / fishing trip was locked away “finally I’m going to have a crack at a big Barra”. I’d read countless articles and watched tones of videos for years on lake Awoonga, so there was no doubt in my mind that we could land some awesome fish. We had planned our trip for the end of September and in the weeks leading up to the trip I organised all my tackle, download the social maps for my Lowrance TI2 unit and basically made sure the boat was ready to roll. Finally holidays came and it was time to hit the road, anticipation got the better of me and my family found themselves been woken up at about 2 am and ushered into the car, I definitely lost brownie points for this one. Fast forward an entire raod trip and we were soon rolling down the hill towards a massive expanse of water (a little more water than I was expecting to be honest) that is Lake Awoonga. Whilst getting settled into the accommodation and getting all the gear ready, I couldn’t help but think the weather was perfect as it was sunny and not a breath of wind.