Fish lure visitors to Lake Awoonga
By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
LAKE Awoonga is proving a popular Christmas holiday destination.
Lake Awoonga Caravan Park manager Meg La Hogue said the venue had been full throughout Christmas.
'A lot of families have come from Gladstone and Tannum Sands ... which is good to the locals supporting us, but we have had people come from as far as South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria,' Ms La Hogue said.
There are about 300 hundred people staying at the caravan park, mostly families and fishing buddies making up the numbers.
With barramundi fishing one of the main drawcards to Lake Awoonga, there are no far-fetched tales about the one that got away.
'On Tuesday big barra were taken out before 11.30am and a majority of them were over a metre,' Ms La Hogue said.
'We have the best stocked barra lake in the country'.
Making the most of great weather and fishing conditions was father-and-son combination of John and Chris Corry.
Chris was able to land his first-ever barramundi.
'It seemed like ages before I caught it, I was using a bit of blue lure for bait,' Mr Corry said.
The barramundi weighed in at 17.5kgs and its length was 104cm.
'The power from the fish was unbelievable. When I finally brought it in it took both of us to drag it in,' Mr Corry said.
John Corry has become a bit of regular lately, coming to Lake Awoonga once a month for the past three months.
'When I came here in October I caught 15 and half of them were over a metre long,' Mr Corry senior said.