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Barramundi or Barra for short is called Kudi in our Kuku Yalanji Language, they are one of our bush tuckers that we like to eat, and that people like to paint.
I found out that the word Barramundi is an Aboriginal word for “River fish with large scales” Australians have been eating barramundi for centuries dating back to the Dreamtime, they are very good eating fish and fun to catch on the line as they jump up trying to break free, so you have to be careful when pulling them in. The fishing season for barramundi is closed during November 1st to February 1st, this is due to their breeding season.
Barramundi are a fascinating fish, they are able to live in both freshwater and saltwater unlike many other fish. When the barramundi are about 5-6 years old, they change their sex from male to female, but they require saltwater for the sex change to happen. The barramundi is about 80cm when this process takes place.
When the barramundi season is open, we like to go barramundi fishing, my son loves fishing for barra, he spends hours flicking a lure with his fishing rod and sets his hand line with fresh live bait. We catch live fish for bait with a cast net and go night fishing, we enjoy night fishing as this allows us to sit around the fire and spend time talking and telling stories as we wait patiently for our lines to get bites in the hopes it is a big barra. When my son caught a big barra, on one of our night fishing trips, that was very exciting for all of us
When we do catch a barramundi, we like to share the fish with our families.
Size: W60.7cm/H50.5cm/D4cm | Medium: Acrylic on Canvas | Cat No. 70-21