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RYAN MOODY'S BARRA BASICS | INTERVIEWS

Within days of the Barra Basics introductory release, our grads stated raving about how the course totally changed the way they fish for barra. We decided to document their stories through a collection of interviews. Here is what some of them had to say...

Chris Long

“No denying this course!! Cracker arvo again. Managed to boat a 100cm, 115cm and a 120cm. All tagged and released again. Stolked! Cheers Ryan. You did say the meterys would come soon enough.”

Chris Long Barra Basics Graduate | July 2015

Joe Cristaldi | Cairns

WHAT HESITATIONS DID YOU HAVE ABOUT SIGNING UP FOR BARRA BASICS?

I initially hesitated at the cost of the course as it was alot of money to outlay (I bit the bullet and decided to go without any new gear for a while instead and invested in this awesome course). I thought about how much I will use it and what I will gain and boy I didn't expect to gain as much as I did.

WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU NOTICED IN YOUR FISHING SINCE UNDERTAKING THE COURSE?

Its all about the framework...  Framework, Framework, Framework, Framework... I'm sure you get the picture as it is your framework. Previously I use to go out fishing with no plan of attack. Now when I go out I have a word document I complete each time, it includes tides, the framework and how I anticipate to fish incoming & out going small, medium and large tides. Helps to focus on what I want to do.

WHAT SPECIFIC FEATURES/MODULE DID YOU LIKE BEST WHEN DOING THE COURSE?

I think I have answered this already but just incase you missed it THE FRAMEWORK 🙂

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND BARRA BASICS - WHY OR WHY NOT?

I have told so many people about it. I will be revisiting the course in the next 2 weeks to refresh my memory and try and understand some new bits as there were plenty of things I didn't understand/remember. Need to write me some good notes. So in short I'd highly recommend the course especially for amateur fishos like myself.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?

Hats off to Ryan as this course is awesome. I especially like the Facebook page and Ryan's assistance on this page. Greatly appreciated. There are a few things in the course that are expected knowledge I.e. rock bar, I don't know what these are and need to research what they are. I find the hardest part is understanding my sounder so have had to put a lot of time in understanding it and what I am looking at. Thanks for all the help and support.

Jeff Tanswell

“Stop wondering and start doing…you will be surprised how differently you will view Barra fishing after doing this course, and knowledge equals confidence equals fish…”

Jeff Tanswell Barra Basics Graduate | July 2015

Chris Long | Gladstone

WHAT HESITATIONS DID YOU HAVE ABOUT SIGNING UP FOR BARRA BASICS?

Slight hesitation was the cost. But knowing the content was well worth the money, there was no way I was going to miss out on it.

WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU NOTICED IN YOUR FISHING SINCE UNDERTAKING THE COURSE?

I've found I think a lot more about my fishing trip, months / weeks / days in advance, and come up with a number of plans for that particular day. I generally have a good strategy depending on the tide sizes and tide period, in conjunction with Ryan's framework. But the main change I've noticed, is I catch more Barra, and consistently!

WHAT SPECIFIC FEATURES/MODULE DID YOU LIKE BEST WHEN DOING THE COURSE?

It's hard to single out any specific feature or module as every aspect I thought was great, and equally important.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND BARRA BASICS - WHY OR WHY NOT?

Yes. Because you catch more Barra!

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?

Possibly a winter weather module? Or a module that specifically covers targeting metre plus Barra? But I guess these additions would take it further than a 'Barra Basics' course though.

"That module was excellent. I remember fishing (luring) a large run on the Daintree river and we caught a few different species but no barra. We couldn't work out what we were doing wrong. Looking back at that day now after learning through this module I see where and how we should have been fishing. We even spent a while jigging, which definitely was the wrong option. Thanks Ryan."

Barra Basics Graduate

Adrian Carver | Townsville

WHAT HESITATIONS DID YOU HAVE ABOUT SIGNING UP FOR BARRA BASICS?

The cost of the course was a bit of an outlay but once I talked myself into it I realized that it was probably the cheapest fishing tool I have bought. I was also worried that I would not have this course to go back and review but I now know I can.

WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU NOTICED IN YOUR FISHING SINCE UNDERTAKING THE COURSE?

I’ve been fishing for Barra for the last 15 years and now know that most of the time I was fishing in the wrong place at the wrong time and the fish I was catching was pretty much luck. Havn’t had much of a chance to get out much since looking at the course but will be putting in a big effort for this season.

WHAT SPECIFIC FEATURES/MODULE DID YOU LIKE BEST WHEN DOING THE COURSE?

The ease of viewing it. Better that page after page of reading. Also the excellent examples to view.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND BARRA BASICS - WHY OR WHY NOT?

Yes. Most of my mates also fish in the wrong place. When I have to go in a mates boat and not mine they want to take me to the Wrong place also. Tired of explaining to them where to go and sounding like a know all. LOL

Stephen Booth

I studied environmental management and majored in freshwater ecology and coastal geomorphology and believed I had a reasonably good understanding of fish and their behaviours. But nothing compares to on the water experience and Ryan has this in bucket loads. From the very first seminar you are learning. And not just learning bits and pieces, you are learning so much that anyone will come out of this a better barramundi angler. From topics as diverse as habits and habitats, feeding and weather, Ryan sets out in plain English how you can use this to your advantage. The best part for me was that Ryan does not talk down to the people participating. He gives his knowledge to you in an easily digestible format that you can literally take to the water with you.


 The Barra Basics eCourse has given a much greater understanding of the great barramundi, and it has also given me a broader knowledge base to compare other species with. I would recommend the Barra Basics eCourse to anyone who has a love of barra fishing or who wants to go barra fishing. Novice to expert alike will have their skill set upgraded – guaranteed.

Stephen Booth , Fishing Writer | Editor

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Jeff Titmarsh | Mackay

WHAT HESITATIONS DID YOU HAVE ABOUT SIGNING UP FOR BARRA BASICS?

I had no real hesitations about signing up for the course. Some of my friends thought it was a bit strange since I already do fairly well but I know I really only have one main fishing tactic and that is to plan my fishing around an early morning low tide and lure fish flats, gutters, certain banks and more recently some rocky areas. The course has given me many more options and ideas so I'm looking forward to giving them a go.

WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU NOTICED IN YOUR FISHING SINCE UNDERTAKING THE COURSE?

It hasn't happened yet but I intend on doing some live bait fishing. I'm hoping to catch a bigger class of fish once I get on top of collecting bait at high tide and I've narrowed down some fishing spots. I have a few spots in mind for both that I'm hoping will pay off. We'll see how I go and I guess for me that's the really interesting thing about fishing.

WHAT SPECIFIC FEATURES/MODULE DID YOU LIKE BEST WHEN DOING THE COURSE?

For me the number one thing I liked most was your barramundi framework. Also bait collecting tips at high tide and the fish funnelling information was great.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND BARRA BASICS - WHY OR WHY NOT?

Yes I would recommend your course to anyone. I do a fair amount of fishing and do quite well from time to time but I think this has joined the dots for me. I imagine if you were new to fishing this would take years of trail and error out of the equation.

Brett Ford (Townsville)

I personally can’t thank you guys enough not just from me but from our family as well. We have always loved the outdoors and now that I finally went out and purchased a boat for the first time I attribute this new confidence I have from the whole aspect of this course to plan my holiday destinations with tools I have learnt from this course. Most importantly the years of knowledge wrapped up in this course can now be shared with my kids which with my work load I would never of been able to do. Thanks a million Team Moody.

Brett Ford (Townsville), Barra Basics Graduate

Q. Where are Barra Basics students catching barra?

where to catch barramundi

A. The framework works EVERYWHERE!

(Except Antarctica and other such places barra are not found)

Stan Skeates | Brisbane

WHAT HESITATIONS DID YOU HAVE ABOUT SIGNING UP FOR BARRA BASICS?

I had some reservations about the cost. But I feel that the content was right up to the mark and I have no regrets, also I am unable to target Barra on a regular basis thus limited chance to put theory into practice.

WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU NOTICED IN YOUR FISHING SINCE UNDERTAKING THE COURSE?

The Bimini twist I now use as per your video, has definitely added to the security of my leader knots. Building a new Rebel tinny next month will use your set up ideas as I have seen how they work.

WHAT SPECIFIC FEATURES/MODULE DID YOU LIKE BEST WHEN DOING THE COURSE?

I really liked the 3 modules (3 4 and 5) target areas and what to look for, I was able to use some of this on a trip to the west [Kimberleys], when Barra were not playing in the usual places for them.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND BARRA BASICS - WHY OR WHY NOT?

I have and I will continue to do so. The information is spot on and cuts down a lot of half-truths for us amateurs.


Bruce Hindmarsh - Barra Basics Graduate

The things that’s stands out most for me from the Barra Basics course is how it takes a lot of guess work out of the game by teaching the art of strategy and planning each outing with confidence… This has increased my catch rate, allowed me to chase both large and small fish and saved me wasting time in the wrong locations targeting Barra in the wrong way.”

Bruce Hindmarsh - Barra Basics Graduate

Shane Flynn | Townsville

WHAT HESITATIONS DID YOU HAVE ABOUT SIGNING UP FOR BARRA BASICS?

My only hesitation was the money, but when I sat down and added up what I have spent over the years it left me with no doubt at all.

WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU NOTICED IN YOUR FISHING SINCE UNDERTAKING THE COURSE?

Since the course my entire focus on barra fishing has changed. I now catch bait where once I drove straight past and am now much more methodical in my approach. I get bait here at a certain time then go live baitng there and at low tide if I’m still keen I flick lures somewhere else.

WHAT SPECIFIC FEATURES/MODULE DID YOU LIKE BEST WHEN DOING THE COURSE?

There wasn’t a particular module that I thought was better than others but the combination that added up to an all round package.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND BARRA BASICS - WHY OR WHY NOT?

I would definitely recommend it to friends as it is the best investment you can make to increase your whole outlook on barra fishing and funnily enough a good mate and I were working on his boat before Xmas and we got talking about fishing ,as you do, and we both clicked on that we were both doing your course, ha funny. Now we are both sharing our new found knowledge and enjoying fishing more than ever.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?

Firstly would like to say how much I thoroughly enjoyed your course. It was very professionally put together ( well done Karen) and for Ryan to share his years of knowledge with us PUNTERS is a once in a life time opportunity (thanks Ryan). I have fished in some form my whole life, from growing up in Bowen fishing around Gloucester and Montes Resort to living in Townsville for the past 40 years, having a hut at Cape Cleveland and fishing many Game Fishing comps from Townsville to Cairns and I have never had anyone share so much knowledge with virtual strangers. It was an absolute privilege so thanks again.


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