Barra bite in Awoonga Dam as mercury soars
By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE WEATHER is heating up, and the barramundi are biting. Fishing experts believe hot conditions are the best time to fish for barramundi.
Peter Coutanche certainly chose the right time. He pulled in record 29.9kg barra.
Awoonga Dam ranger Gary Wode said Peter's fish was the biggest officially recorded from the dam.
Gary said was the perfect time to fish for barra was normally during the late afternoon and early evening depending on the moon.
'The majority (of anglers) use lures, deep and shallow lures, and troll for the fish,' he said.
He said using the electric motors for trolling was recommended.
'We have had barra officially weighed in ? a 29.9kg (Peter's catch) and a 29.8kg which wasn't weighed in,' he said.
'Ben Platten caught the longest fish recorded at the dam so far at 1.3 metres.'
Gladstone Fish Hatchery's Ken Cowden said the hatchery believed there were fish up to 35kg in the dam.
'They gain weight quickly, and there certainly are big ones out there,' he said.
'I wouldn't be surprised if they were even a little bit bigger than 35kg.'
Gary said from November 1 to February 1, fishermen were only allowed to keep one fish per day.