As you have all probably seen the posts on Instagram & Facebook of the recent Barramundi catches, Awoonga is definitely on fire 🔥, with some anglers reporting multiple catches of different year class fish ranging from mid 50cm - mid 80cm fish and sightings of meterys but proving still elusive.
. As the water temperature is starting to rise it seems the peak bite periods have slightly shifted from late afternoon to early mornings (but still catches have been reported at all times during the day).
A few tips if your about to plan a trip is to make sure your fishing gear is in A1 condition and your line is heavy enough to handle the strength of these powerful impoundment Barramundi (I personally use 30lb braid and approximately 800mm of 60lb leader.
The popular lures of choice seems to be still the Happy Rock softies ( Grubs, swimbaits or big Willy’s) rigged up weedless (owner flashy swimmers are popular) or in the hardbody range the duo realis 100dr and even the ever faithful Barra Classic have been getting the job done. And for surface fans, you can’t go past the old faithful Rapala X -walk... but remember, upgrading your treble hooks is sometimes good insurance of not losing a prized fish.
Some tips of areas to fish ? ... well anywhere around weedbeds and timber has been producing barra, but always best to see which direction the wind has been blowing in the lead up to planning your fishing trip to Awoonga.
The Gladstone Area Water Board encourages people to upload their catches to the TRACK MY FISH - LAKE AWOONGA app that can be downloaded from the App Store or Google play, and there is still 6 pink tagged barramundi in Lake Awoonga worth $1000 each until the 2nd of May 2019. For more information head to http://www.gawb.qld.gov.au/
POINT TO REMEMBER! - with the barramundi closed season approaching on November 1st, Lake Awoonga is open all year round for targeting barramundi, but the take limits reduce in the closed season.
For those that don’t have a way of getting on the water, Lake Awoonga Boating & Leisure Hire has Hire boats that you don’t need a license or experience to hire... to book head to fb.com/lakeawoongaboatingandleisurehire/book/
Or for a guided fishing charter contact Justin Nye from
And contact Trevor Burgess about how to stock up on Happy Rock Softies on https://www.facebook.com/Happyrocksofties/
Or for all other rods & tackle requirements, speak to the boys from Pat’s Tackle World Gladstone, Boyne Island Bait & Tackle or Lj’s Complete Angler Gladstone https://www.facebook.com/PatsTackleworldGladstone/
Good luck on the water & remember to always practice safe boating and check the weather report before you go.