Nicole Price holding up a solid barra before it was later released.
Nicole Price holding up a solid barra before it was later released. Contributed

Time to find a sheltered spot as wind blows over weekend

WITH the weather being what it is for the next few days there should be only one thing on the agenda and that's finding a sheltered creek or river or snag and getting into the barra.

That's right, as of noon on Saturday barra is back on the menu.

Saturday's breeze will certainly prevent many from sticking their nose out into the brown frothing boiling mess of a harbour, as there will be huge tides with the new moon lunar phase and extremely strong south-easterlies around the 25-35knot mark for most of the weekend, and only someone a tad daft would be silly enough to attempt something like that. Let's hope it's not you.

Place to target this weekend would be the Calliope River, Targinnie, Ramsey's Crossing, Auckland Creek, South Trees, the Boyne River from the mouth all the way to the Turich-Mann Bridge and beyond, Wild Cattle Creek, Mundoolin and Seven Mile.

Turkey Beach might be a bit exposed, but some of the bigger systems feeding that harbour would be ideal, and even Pancake, Middle Creek and Round Hill Creek (1770) are fair game.

There are so many barra right through this region at present and those with good colour sounders or side scan, if you have it, should know where these fish are holding up.

Use the soft and hard-bodied lures or maybe a live bait and just remember they haven't found a reel which will crank slow enough for barra yet. So take your time once you have cast your lure.

Let it sit on top for 10 seconds before commencing your retrieval, then in short bursts with long pauses in between, to bring it back in.

Years ago when the dam was slowly becoming an iconic fishery of note around the world I was fortunate enough to be involved in the very first pro-am to be held up there where there were many well-known fishermen.

Legends and god-like people in the angling industry were there, for instance; Jack Erskine, Rod Harrison, Dave Hodge, Gary Fitzgerald, Neil Schulz and others.

Now Jack Erskine was very closely aligned with Penn Industries, designing most of the reels we see today, but sadly passed away in 2012.

While he, and others, were chatting around the dinner table with a few of us listening in, they all imparted some useful knowledge, with Jack's biggest tip was to never leave a fish to go off, and find another.

His reasons being, is that once a fish has been caught, it sends out that many vibrations and that activity attracts others.

He admitted one day, that one single snag the sounder showed one fish, but within an hour or so they had pulled out a further five or six barra, as others came in for a sticky beak to see what the commotion was all about.

The likes of Fitzy mentioned the retrieval speed, Hodgey was all about casting accuracy, while Harro was focused on reading the water, and the locations.

With many laid up against the bank with the most wind on it.. or where there are a few sticks poking out of the water.

Neil Schulz was really into his different brand of lures and how to work them.

Today we have various others who are a new breed of knowledge-base like Johnny Mitchell, Joe McGuire and Jason Wilhelm, who has won various ABT events plus AFC and also writes in various magazines.

If you aren't the sort who will slip out and buy a book, then be the one who Googles these guys' names and check out their achievements, and also some of the articles which they have written.

This weather looks as though it'll stick around for a while, so get into those barra and email me the pictures.