BAITS FOR BARRA
Barra are very much a predatory species and respond best to live baits. Ideal livies include prawns, mullet and herring. Lightly pin the live baits with a 4/0-8/0 octopus or circle hook on a running ball sinker rig. Use 40-80lb leader to avoid being rubbed off. When a bite is felt, allow the Barra plenty of time to swallow the bait before setting the hook.
SOFT PLASTICS FOR BARRA
Soft plastics are a great way of getting connected to a big Barra. Use large paddle-tailed baitfish imitations and work the plastic very slowly to keep it in the strike zone longer. Plastics in the 4-6 inch (100-160mm) range are the perfect size for the task. Using a weedless style jighead will allow for snag-free fishing in heavy structure.
HARDBODY LURES FOR BARRA
Hungry Barra respond very well to hardbody lures. Any baitfish imitation twitched slowly through a snag will attract a hit. Similarly to soft plastics, lures in the 100-160mm range will get the best results.
Ensure the terminal tackle is up to the task, some lures may require upgraded trebles and split rings to handle large angry Barra.