Josh Dunn,11, will want to come back to Lake Awoonga after catching a monster barramundi.
Josh Dunn,11, will want to come back to Lake Awoonga after catching a monster barramundi.

Josh lands a big dam barra



JOSH Dunn may only have been one when the barramundi fingerlings were released into Lake Awoonga ten years ago but he's reeling in the rewards now.

January 2006 marks ten years since the first barramundi fingerlings were released into Lake Awoonga.

11-year-old Josh caught his first barramun- di at Lake Awoonga this week and it was a big 'un.

Josh loves fishing and after his success at Lake Awoonga he plans on returning.

'It was great,' Josh said.

Jack Dunn, Josh's father, makes fishing rods and it was with a specially created barra- mundi rod that Josh wrestled his first barra- mundi into the boat.

Lake Awoonga has become increasingly popular for barramundi fishing over the last year as the fingerlings grow beyond the metre mark.

As its recognition has grown, the dam has become an important tourism draw card. Well known fishermen, tourists from all over Australia and locals have enjoyed top fishing at the dam.

And it's down to Lake Awoonga's support- ers ten years ago who decided to farm barra- mundi for the lake.

To mark the tenth anniversary of the re- lease of barramundi into Lake Awoonga, The Observer is publishing a feature surrounding the history of the dam on page 26 of Saturday's Observer, in the Weekend Magazine.



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