beds, snags, lily pads and any form of structure is a common
target destination for many lake anglers. Awoonga has all forms
of structure, but which is best? Many say weed banks, but its
funny how weed banks can cover 90+% of the lake's fringe, so
it stands in good stead that weed edges will produce barra somewhere.
Not all barra lakes have the same structure, yet these dissimilar
lakes still produce barra for anglers, basically everyday. Start
with Awoonga, let's remove all timber and take a closer look.
The barra numbers haven't changed. Now let's remove the rocks,
most of the weed, the lilies and any other form of noticeable
structure. Interesting is the fact that the barra population
still hasn't changed. Now look behind you out into the middle
of the lake, barra abound in these open waters where trollers
toil anxiously. Very little visible structure as mentioned in
the lists above exists in deeper reaches of impoundments where
is structure as important to barra as it is to anglers, or is
there something else more dominating that these fish work with?
There is one thing in common between all barra lakes that is
chief in importance- Water Quality!
It's the water that barra live in, and the very same waters
change by the hour. Suitability for their existence, their comfort,
feed and digestion habits are constantly varied by external
elements such as wind, temperature changes and current flows
within a lake. Water that was great today may have produced
quality fish from structure for busy anglers, but the changing
circumstances will see that location tomorrow with water chemistry
of a different kind.
Water is one of the keys to barra success. Find the right water,
which consists of up to at least 9 variables and you are on
your way to the right spot. Snags, weeds or a boring featureless
bank could be the right location on the day, so too can open
expanses far from the shoreline.
Awoonga Hotspots - Johhny Mitchell
up for Big Lake Barra - Jason Bird
Awoonga - Information Page
Barra - Shallow or Deep - Garry Fitzgerald
the Barra Puzzle - Jason Bird