Barra comp winner Col with a 115

Barra Competition Duel with son Col.

Well the barra season in Queensland has ended for another year, but not before I had a father son barra competition with my son Col.

Running a business and travelling a lot means I don’t get to spend as much time with my kids as I’d like.

Seems only yesterday we took this pic. Now they are all old enough to drive!


Kids catching barramundi

It was always fun fishing with my boys but now they are older the friendly barra competition has become a barra duel.


And this time last year the end of season barra competition was to get young Mason his first ever barra.  Tick!

Fishing with kids to catch a big barra.

Fishing with kids is so rewarding. Young Mason with his first barra and one he waited so long for. Good on you champ.

Barra Duel – barra competition with son Colbee.

Kick started the day with four school size barra going head to head with two fish each.

None had any size about them and we kept one for dinner and released the rest.

But as the tide turned it was time to get serious!

Using a combination of lures and bait we were throwing everything at them.

One of the joys of a fishing trip is preparation. Getting the gear ready, selecting lures or wandering deserted beached looking for bait.

In a barra competition with your son, you better make sure you got the best bait!

Hinchinbrook is the most amazing backdrop for a barra competition! Jurassic Park meets Blue Lagoon

Opening the account in my favour with dinner size barra! Catch and release from now on in.

First fish for the barra competition for Colbee Moody

Young gun Col’s first barra of the day evening the score

Barramundi catch and release

Off you go darlin. See you next year!

The one that got away!

Col lost an absolute monster. I’d say in the $1.20’s nudging $1.30.

It was reminiscent of the last second (20 seconds to go until the barra closure) huge lost fish at the end of the 2018 season.

At least we got that one on film.

Col lost his after a 10 minute fight and the hook pulled.



Father son Barra Competition heats up!

Once the tide turned I decided to head to a location where more ocenaic fish travel.

These larger specimens are wandering fish and don’t tend to aggregate as much, hence less tuned to the hazards of hooks!

Targeting them at a time of year when oceanic fish come closer inshore can be quite productive.

This is obviously the reason for the barra closure – to protect these fish.

But we do get one crack at them so it’s perfect conditions for a barra competition with my son.

First metre plus barramundi landed!

After going to the new area, Col hooked up to a gorgeous 110 streaking from the water with it’s gills flared.

I thought the barra competition was over right then!

But the hooks giving me a second chance. I’m gonna come home like Biden haha.

Then my rod went off!

And this time we finally got one to stick.

The first metery for the day was landed by me going 105.

I caught her quickly and she released well.

The barra competition scoreboard was all of a sudden in my favour!

I’m on the board with a 105! Take that young fella. The old man is gonna be hard to beat.

Watch our barra comp video to see the live action.

This video was shot and edited by Kane Chenoweth, a fishing documentarian who has come on board to take our vids to the next level. I think that’s been achieved in this vid and we welcome Kane to RMF.





So who won the barra competition?

Pipped at the post by this beautiful fish that measured 115 cm was my son Col!.

115 cm Hinchinbrook barramundi wins the barra competition

Young gun Colbee finally gets one to stick and wins the barra duel with this 115cm fish!

What a wonderful experience to spend the day with my youngest son Col and couldn't be happier that he won the day.


But who won the guessing comp?

For those of you that don't know, we posted some pics on Facebook and Instagram (follow us if you haven't already) and asked our followers to guess the winner (Col or me) and the size. 115cm

After thousands of guesses, three people that we could find guessed correctly.

  • Martin Beaumont.
  • Bryan Aquilina
  • Grant Taiters

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About The Author

Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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