WILD RIDE: Gladstone angler Chris Arnold experienced some rough weather on Lake Awoonga on Saturday afternoon.
WILD RIDE: Gladstone angler Chris Arnold experienced some rough weather on Lake Awoonga on Saturday afternoon. Mike Richards GLAWILD

Adventurous Chris Arnold’s windy ride at barra tournament

FOR Gladstone resident Chris Arnold the weekend's Barra and Basstasstic Awoonga Dam Barra Tournament was somewhat of a rough ride.

It was the first fishing competition she had entered and after seeing a flock of native birds converge into the centre of the lake and her fish-finder detecting a school of barra; Arnold had hoped for a decent catch.

However, a storm rolled in from the south-east and put an abrupt end to any thought of coming away with a potential prize.

"At the same time I saw the birds out in the centre where the fish were, the storm had rolled in and all I could do was head for a bay," Arnold said.

"I was soaked because the waves were smashing over the boat and it was a little scary and so I thought to go slow and steady."

She waited behind some trees until conditions subsided somewhat before getting to safe ground back at the boat ramp.

"I've been out in the ocean in a dinghy when the waves were green which means angry waves," Arnold said.

Event co-organiser Russell Nowland said despite the weather the weekend was successful.

"On Friday and Saturday night, the wind blew up with 1.25 and 1.5-metre waves. I don't know how the tinnies managed to go across the lake," he said.

"The boats were like they were in a wash pool."



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