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    Gear for Barra

    Hi all,

    Thinking of 2 rigs for Cape York - lure for light and mid) Land based casting including at Lakefield Nat Park.

    Light - Shimano Stradic 3000 with 15 pound braid on a TD 4-6kg 7 foot rod

    Mid-Heavy - Shimano 8000 GTE Bait Runner on a Phluger Medalist 10-12 KG 7 footer with 30 pound braid.

    Heavy - (for dangling bait at Sesie wharf) Pen Squall on a matched 6 foot rod (heavy duty combo) with 50 pound braid

    I don't know what the Baitrunner's max drag is. 18 year old reel that is like new. I also have a Shimano TS4 Speedmaster that whilst not balanced like the Baitrunner might have more drag...certainly the TS4 is tough.

    Feedback welcome.

    Cheers


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    Re: Gear for Barra

    Pretty hard to go past a 6-8kg baitcaster outfit with 30lb braid mate. Not much you cant do with that, i find it a lot easier to use than a spinning reel for luring.

    Lachie

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    Re: Gear for Barra

    Yeah baitcaster for lakefield. Much easier to manage in tight country and so much better for controlling your lure on retrieve. What Lachie said.

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    Re: Gear for Barra

    The fly in the ointment for lure fishing is the mid weight outfit - will be an absolute pain to cast anything but the heaviest lures with and while the baitcaster is a good option, it too will have limitations to the weight of lure it will comfortably cast over any sort of distance. Admittedly my barra experience is limited to impoundment stuff but for a mid weight outfit for heavier lures, I like a two handed baitcaster for heavier "traditional" barra lures - we use 50lb braid but for smaller fish 30lb should be heaps but for using lighter weedless rigged plastics a 4000 size threadline on a 4-8 0r 5-10 kilo rod with a lighter tip is the go running 30lb. You don't need to spend mega bucks - I have a Stradic and a Symetre that have both stood up to impoundment fishing with no issue. You can of course run heavier lures on the spin gear - not so easy to go the other way. If you are going to be land based without the option of using tacklebacks and the like (don't become a statistic like the last fisherman who waded in to get his lure back), the weedless option with the plastics may well be a good one to have up your sleeve. Never ceases to amaze me just how gnarly the snags can be and you still get the lures back (most of the time)
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    Re: Gear for Barra

    Thanks fellas.

    I am thinking of teaming this 6-9kg 3 piece up to my baitcaster for a Barra set up.# The baitcaster has about 30lb braid on it.# It's a TD G-103Hi so 7 piece carbon drag - 7-8 kg as best I can ascertain.# An old reel (20 years probably) but a goodie - alloy frame and brass gears. Its a 100 size but far stronger than a lot of 100 sizes today that can have plastic main gear.

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    http://tacklebusters.com.au/en/rods/...antom_x_561hfb

    What do you reckon as the mid sizer for Barra?



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    Re: Gear for Barra

    It'll do the job if you're on a budget. The vast majority of barra you'll encounter at lakefield will be under 80cm. Of course a big one can pop up anywhere but they're not that common.

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    On a budget for sure. I also have to outfit my 2 boys!!!

    So the reel is a bit small for a big Barra in snags...you would recommend a 200 size?

    Cheers


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    Re: Gear for Barra

    Quote Originally Posted by ozscott View Post
    On a budget for sure. I also have to outfit my 2 boys!!!

    So the reel is a bit small for a big Barra in snags...you would recommend a 200 size?

    Cheers


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    You wont need big capacity - a 100 size with 30lb is fine ....... yes if you encounter a bigger fish that wants to run then you might wish that you had more - but lets face it ...... shore based on a running fish - it's probably going to cut you off along the way even before you get 100m off the spool.


    sounds like a good trip

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    Thanks Nagg. June next year but trying to get out ahead so the gear gathering pain doesn't all happen at once!

    Cheers


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    That TD-G while a very pretty little reel, will bet ripped apart if you hook a decent fish. I had a couple of them and they wore out quickly. Send a letter to Santa early for a Tatula for Christmas.
    Dale

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    Re: Gear for Barra

    Copy that mate. Are just too small...seem well built?

    Cheers

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    Re: Gear for Barra

    They are well built, and make a great bass reel, but the frame isn't strong and it can distort causing gear mesh issues. I'd hate to see you lose the fish of your dreams.
    Dale

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    Re: Gear for Barra

    Thanks mate...so what mid weight baitcaster? Or a bigger Stradic say. I can cast both caster and spinner overhead good enough.

    Cheers

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    Re: Gear for Barra

    A Daiwa Tatula would be a good baitcaster, but your 3000 Stradic will do the job too. Nothing wrong with threadline reels.
    Dale

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    Re: Gear for Barra

    Thanks mate. The stradic's rod is a bit light. I have another up to 6kg but then a gap until the big heavy 10kg Phlueger...might have to invest in a 5-8kg spin rod to suit...

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