Simon Foley claims that ” I’m not much of a fisherman” but whilst staying at Home Valley Station he went on a half day fishing charter with Tom and his opinion may have change. Simon had been on a 5 month trip across Northern Australia from May to October and this fishing afternoon turned out to be one of the biggest highlights for him. Simon tells us that it was an extraordinary day and at 5 pm in the last few remaining minutes before packing up the fish started biting! This big fish grabbed Simons popper lure and the battle was on. He went on to say ” The gear was pretty light not sure of the exact breaking strain but it took 20 minutes to land. What a magnificent fish.” We agree Simon and would like to welcome you to the One Metre Barra Club. Things got a little muddy for Simon as you can see and I’m sure wearing a white shirt fishing is something he will not recommend but hey if you catch fish like that why not? Congratulations Simon good job!
We would like to welcome Keith Griffiths to the One Metre Barra Club with a fish that puts him in the over 120cm category. Keith was fishing at Karumba in the Gulf country of Queensland and just after sunrise he connected with this beauty. Keith said ” I was fishing on Anzac Day this year and just after sunrise I was casting a Rapala X-Rap 140 lure in a small creek amongst a heavily timbered section of the river. I had high hopes and anticipation of being ambushed by a nice Barra….and I was! He went on to say “The fight lasted about 5 minutes and once boat side my mate grabbed her. Quickly we snapped a few photos and recorded some video footage before releasing her unharmed.” Keith used a Shimano Calcutta 250 reel on a t-curve rod loaded with 30lb braid
Great entry to OMBC Keith with this beautiful 123 cm barramundi. Again welcome an congratulations!
For readers information the Norman River flows through the town of Karumba and barramundi fishing is part and parcel of this communities lifestyle. Check it out here http://karumba.qld.au
We would like to welcome Perry Proeger of Caloundra to the One Metre Barra Club today. Perry was fishing with Chris Jones www.riverandreef.com.au in the South Alligator River , NT. They were trolling lures when this big girl grabbed the 21 cm Gold Bomber. Perry tells us “this fish did a dance or two with the last aerial propelling her fully airborne”. (You can see by the picture the amount of water she moved in her display not to mention that big piece of gold in her mouth.) Perry added “I still can’t believe I got her in the boat”. We here at OMBC are happy you did and love the action shot mate! Pictures like that speak a thousand words so as always here are the details on the tackle used.
Rod: Team Daiwa Tierra 12-15lb 6′.6″
Reel: Team Daiwa Luna
Lure: 21cm Gold Bomber
Line: 20lb Fire Line Braid
The fish was caught on the change of the tide and went 122cm for 22 kgs. That is another impressive fish for a new member and for the over 120 cm captures here at OMBC. Again welcome Perry to OMBC with this nice fish.
Greg Whitley takes the honor of being this first OMBC member to have the first Barramundi over 120cm entered to the club. Greg 124 cm fish was caught with guide Paul Dolan at Monduran Dam. Congratulations Greg!