Memories… This fish is my first ever barra over a metre long and I was 15 years old.
Unfortunately we did keep this one as I didn’t know any better at age 15. It was also used for a photo shoot to promote killalures, one of the premium lure manufacturers back in the 80’s. Up until this time I had caught quite a few smaller barra, but never a metrey.
It was the first and last metre plus barra that I have ever killed and I am so pleased to have witnessed the national movement away from killing fish to catch and release.
I caught the fish in the Bohle River Townsville. I then went on to catch over 1100 metery’s in the Bohle River during my career and the Bohle remains very dear to my heart to this day.
The Bohle River is famous for it’s rock bars and in it’s heyday before it became overfished was, in my opinion, the best big barra river on the east coast.
The Bohle also holds our biggest metery count in one day (14).
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A photo of this fish was used on a poster for tackle shops nationally, so you can imagine how stoked I was at age 15 with my face up in lights so to speak.
And not much has changed haha. Tonight Paul Burt is featuring one of our big fish from a recent Hinchinbrook trip.
To celebrate making it to the 7 national news, we are going to give away some goodies coz we love giving stuff away for no particular reason.
POST SCRIPT: COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED
TWO WAYS TO WIN:
1. Guess the length: The first person to guess the length of my first metre barra featured in the photo above will win two of my favourite soft vibes: a Gimp and a Species 95.
2. Tell us a cracker story: Now we also want to hear your first ever barra stories, so tell us all about it in the comments or on facebook and the best story will win a shimano lure utility box and a spool of Rovex Kor braid. Now it doesn’t have to be a metre barra – any first barra story will be in the running to win.
So jump to the bottom of this post and comment away!
A big thanks to our friends at Gimp lures, Hinchinbrook lures, BCF and Rovex for providing the give-aways.