A couple of days after cyclone Ita drowned north Queensland’s east coast, I decided to take the family out across the Hinchinbrook Channel for a sunset cruise. Those of you from north Queensland will know that sunsets are glorious after a cyclone and this afternoon was shaping up to be a good one. Of course I couldn’t go for a sunset cruise with no rods aboard (despite the wife’s protestations), and while we were waiting for sunset holed up at a likely spot to flick some lures with my two boys Jordan and Colbee. I didn’t really expect too much because of all the fresh around, although I did take the big camera to do some filming for barra basics just in case the area produced. Of course those of you that read our facebook page will know that I was pleasantly surprised when the area exceeded my expectations… and then some!
As the sunset was shaping up, I decided that it was a prime period to flick a lure at a nearby spot on the rising tide. Just as the sun started to droop toward the horizon all hell broke loose with the boat surrounded by boofing barra. These guys were not that big, around the 55-60cm length, violently feeding on small inch long mullet schooled up in the area. As they boofed the surface, engulfing everything in their path as only a barra can, the bait fish scattered the water with spray like a well shaken coke can – spray everywhere. It became more like sight fishing than your typical lure casting session as we cast our lures directly at the bait fish showering the surface and the boofs advertising the exact location of individual barra.
We captured some of the magic in the short video below. For those of you not familiar with the sights and sound of boofing barra, this might be one you want to view.
The boys and I had a ball with 8 out of 30 bites in quick succession – until the mozzies came out in force and started eating us alive. Note to readers: do not try this at home without a REALLY good mozzie repellent on board! We left them boofing in the dark after one of the longest continuous barra boofing sessions I have witnessed. I would love to hear your barra boofing stories so please free to leave a comment at the end of this post.
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