MONSTER CATCH: Greg Elliott with his monster barramundi, caught from the banks of the Calliope River.
MONSTER CATCH: Greg Elliott with his monster barramundi, caught from the banks of the Calliope River. Contributed

Landing monster barramundi a dream come true

IT took three years for keen fisherman Greg Elliott to catch a 120cm monster barramundi.

Mr Elliott, who goes fishing every day, was on the bank of the Calliope River on Saturday when he hauled in the fish that was almost as big as he is.

It was a dream come true.

"It was pretty exciting. I was shaking when I first pulled it in," he said.

"It took three years to catch a fish like that and it was my first big salty. I threw out some livies (mullet) with hooks on them and the big barra smashed it.

"He carried on for 15 minutes and I got him on the bank and then put him back in the water."

Although Mr Elliott didn't weigh the barramundi, he said it needed two men to drag it in.

"This bloke was 100m down the bank from me and saw I needed a hand," he said.

"I was waving my arms and yelling out to him."

Mr Elliott, who is unemployed and looking for a job as a rigger, said he was obsessed with fishing.

"I fish every day. Any river I drive over I stop and throw some lures out," he said.

"It's an addiction and a great pastime."

As if Mr Elliott wasn't happy enough with his big catch, he beat his son's record barramundi catch.

"My son loves fishing too," he said. "He caught one last year and it was 118cm.

"I beat him by 2cm and I am feeding it to him every day."

Mr Elliott, originally from Victoria, said fishing in Gladstone was heaven.

"You don't catch fish like that on the bank back home," he said.

"The barra is the icon of Queensland fishing."



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