Fish Photos, Fishing Info, Angling, Catching Fish, Cooking Fish

Australian Fish Photos, Seafood Photographs and Information

Custom Search
 

Directory & Info for Fishing, Angling, Fishing Tackle, Fishing Guides, Fly Fishing, Bass Fishing, Sports fishing, Game Fishing....
See >> Info on All types of Fishing | Angling | Tackle etc

 

Australian Fish Bag Limits and Size Regulations

Photos of  Australian Seafood, Fish, Crustaceans & Cephalopods and Information on each...

Abalone, Blacklip
Albacore Tuna
Baler Shell
Barbounia, Tiny
Barracouta
Barramundi
Bass, Sea
Batfish
Batfish, Silver
Blackfish
Boarfish
Bonito Tuna
Bonito, Watson's Leaping
Bream
Bream, Butter
Bream, Slate
Bug, Moreton Bay (Slipper Lobster)
Bug, Balmain
Butterfish
Calamari, Southern
Carp, European
Catfish, Blue
Catfish, Lesser Salmon
Cockles
Cod, Bar
Cod, Blue eye
Cod, Coral Rock
Cod, Ghost
Cod, Maori
Cod, Murray
Cod, Southern Rock
Cod, Spotted
Cod, Tomato
Cod, Wirrah
Cod, Yellow Spotted
Coral Trout
Cowanyoung
Crab, Blue Swimmer
Crab, Champagne
Crab, Giant
Crab, Mud
Crab, Spanner
Crawfish
Cuttlefish
Dart Fish
Dolphin Fish
Dory, John
Dory, Mirror
Dory, Silver
Drummer, Southern
Eel, Longfin
Emperor, Red
Emperor, Red Throat
Flathead
Flounder, Small Toothed
Flutemouth, Rough
Frost Fish
Garfish
Gemfish
Goatfish
Grouper
Gurnard, Red
Gurnard, Spotted
Hairtail
Hump Headed Maori Wrasse
Hussar
Jackass Fish
Jacket, Ocean
Jacket, Sea
Jewfish
Jobfish, Gold Banned
Jobfish, Rosy
Kingfish, Yellowtail
Latchet Fish
Leatherjacket, Reef
Ling
Lobster - Eastern Rock
Lobster - Southern Rock
Long Tom
Luderick
Mackeral, Jack
Mackerel, Slimey
Mado
Mahi Mahi
Mangrove Jack
Marlin, Black
Marlin, Blue
Marlin, Striped
Melon Shell
Monkfish
Mono
Moon Fish
Morwong
Morwong, Red
Mullet - Roe
Mullet, Diamond Scale
Mullet, Red
Mullet, Sea
Mullet, Yelloweye
Mulloway
Mussels Black
Mussels Greenlip
Nanygai
Octopus
Orange Roughy
Oreo, Black
Oyster, Native
Oyster, Pacific
Oyster, Sydney Rock
Parrot Fish
Parrot Fish (2)
Perch, Ocean
Perch, Saddle Tail Sea
Perch, Silver
Perch, Splendid
Perch, Stripey Sea
Pig Fish
Pike
Pineapple Fish
Prawn, Banana
Prawn, King
Prawn, Red Spot
Prawn, School
Prawn, Tiger
Queenfish, Needleskin
Rainbow Runner
Redclaw Crayfish
Redfish
Ribaldo
Ribbon Fish
Rudder Fish
Salmon, Atlantic
Salmon, Australian
Scad
Scallops, Queensland
Scallops, Tasmanian
Scorpion Fish, Raggy
Shark
Shark Black Tip
Shark, Blue
Shark Bronze Whaler (Dusky)
Shark, Bull
Sharks Fins
Shark, Gummy
Shark, Mako
Shark, School
Shark, Tiger
Shark, Whiskery Reef
Shark, White
Shrimp, Mantis
Sicklefish
Silver Biddy
Snapper
Snapper, Big Eye
Snapper, Fry Pan
Snapper, Gold Band
Snapper, King
Snapper, Red
Snapper, Red Tropical
Sole
Sole, Tongue
Squid, Arrow
Squirrel Fish
Stargazer
Stingray, Butterfly
Stripey Sea Perch
Surgeonfish, Sixplate Sawtail
Sweetlip, Slatey
Sweetlip, Yellow
Swordfish
Tailor
Tarwhine
Tilefish, Pink
Trevally, Big Eye
Trevally, Golden
Trevally, Silver
Triple Tail
Trout
Trumpeter, Striped
Tuna, Albacore
Tuna, Bigeye
Tuna, Bluefin
Tuna, Longtail
Tuna, Skipjack
Tuna, Striped
Tuna, Mackerel
Tuna, Yellowfin
Venus Tusk Fish
Whiting, Sand
Whiting, School
Wrasse
Yabby, Freshwater Crayfish
Yellowtail
FULL LIST of Fish & Seafood

Beche De Mer
(Sea Cucumber - Trepang)

Amberfish
Blackfish
Black Teatfish
Brown Sandfish
Curryfish
Elephants Trunks fish
Greenfish
Lollyfish
Pinkfish
Prickly Redfish
Sandfish
Stonefish
Surf Redfish
White Teatfish

Sea-Ex Seafood Trade Directory
Directory of Seafood Companies by Species Imported, Exported, Wholesale, Processors & Producers
Click Here for SEAFOOD DIRECTORY

Commercial Seafood Directory
Sea-Ex Seafood, Fishing, Marine Directory
Aquaculture Directory
Seafood Trading Board
Commercial Fishing
Seafood Information by Country
Fish Photos & Fish Information
Interesting Fish Facts & Trivia
Country Directories
Thailand Business Directory
Seafood
Wholesale Seafood Suppliers Australia
Wholesale Seafood Suppliers International
Retail Seafood Sales
Seafood Restaurants
Seafood Recipes
Seafood Information
Seafood Industry Resources
Sea-Ex Seafood & Fishing Directory - Home Page

Fishing for Barracouta (Thyrsites atun)
An excellent sporting fish which will have a go at anything that sparkles and will jump clear of the water chasing lures which are trolled behind boats.



Angling & Fishing for Barracouta :

BarracoutaBarracouta are specifically fished for in southern states, but are generally regarded as a pest in New South Wales. They respond to a range of techniques, but are best caught by casting or trolling with lures such as a flashy, chromed spoons and silver or white jigs. The addition of a diving paravane to the rig ahead of the lure can often improve trolling results. Strips of fish flesh or whole pilchards and garfish on ganged hook rigs make excellent baits. Live baits attract plenty of interest, but many strikes are missed. A wire trace or ganged hooks are practically essential when fishing for barracouta.

Angler with good size barracouta, fishing for barracouta

Anglers in Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia have the right attitude to these fish. NSW anglers are just a little spoilt and get upset when barracouta grab baits meant for snapper, or lures meant for tailor or salmon. The fish is quite acceptable table fare, not brilliant but not too bad either. It fights reasonably well, at least as hard as a comparable tailor.

Barracouta take lures avidly even spectacularly at times when the 'couta are feeding at the surface. They even provide strikes on poppers if you like to get your jollies with visible takes. On top of the lure action the fish will take just about any bait and feeds anywhere from the surface to the bottom.

Barracouta often form very large schools and appear to 'invade' an area making it impossible to catch anything else. When this situation occurs, anglers often get frustrated and hurl abuse at the 'couta. The best thing to do in this situation is maximise the opportunities available and enjoy the fishing. The school behaviour of these fish can be quite irrational as they chase anything that moves. The fish will even leap at a lure suspended above the water.

Professional anglers often troll huge numbers of these fish by using a jig on a short length of line attached to a long pole. The barracouta concentrate in areas that hold plenty of bait fish particularly around shallow reefs, offshore islands, around headlands and in many of the deep bays along the southern coastline. While the fish do appear in huge numbers, more standard captures feature anything from five to twenty fish. The size of the fish varies from one to four kilograms with most schools containing fish of roughly the same size. The schools are most easily located by trolling the area first with either squid type lures or medium sized minnows. Once the fish are located, the trolling can continue if the fish are thick or the school can be worked with spinning lures, or bait.



Lure Choice:
Metal lures in the 30 to 60 gram range are ideal. The best style of lures are those with a strong action at medium speed. Big Wonder Wobblers, Toby or Croc spoons are ideal. Bait anglers do well with cut strip baits or whole small fish.

Whole pilchards fished on gangs are deadly on these fish. When fishing with bait and lures it is important to use a small amount of light wire trace to avoid bite offs from either the hooked fish, or its ravenous mates. Often anglers simply float a pilchard or cast a lure while fishing for other species to add a few 'couta to the bag. The best tackle for catching barracouta is a double handed spinning rod about 2.2 metres long and a medium sized thread line fitted with 6 kg line. However, virtually any sort of tackle will do the job. The spinning rod allows the angler to holding box.

Be careful even handling dead fish, the teeth, gills and spines on the back can all do damage. Unfortunately the barracouta regularly take a fancy to bottom baits fished on heavy leads for snapper, morwong and other deepwater fish. Not only do they attack the bait, but at times they attack the sinker. With their savage dental equipment plus their school behaviour many bottom rigs can be lost in a fishing session. This does not endear them to some anglers. Despite all the negatives there would be a lot of empty fishboxes if not for the barracouta. There are many days in any anglers life when a few good 'couta would be better than a creel that is empty.

Saltwater Fish - What bait to use for fishing - a list of saltwater baits with the main "diners" who will be tempted.


See Also: 
Information on Barracouta & Snook

Angling & Fishing for Barracouta & Snook

Commercial Fishing for Barracouta & Snook

Cooking Barracouta & Snook Recipes

 


1996 - 2017 Sea-Ex Australia Sea-Ex Seafood Fishing Home Page
Any problems regarding this page, please contact webmaster [at] sea-ex.com
 

Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Cookie Policy