Man lands barrra half his weight
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
IN years to come Ben Platten will sit at the bar of his local pub and tell his mates about that fateful day when he landed a monster.
The 55kg man (pictured left) struggled for 20 minutes against a fish more than half his weight, but it was worth every minute.
'When you're pulling in a fish like that it feels like an eternity,' he said describing the anticipation as he fought the 29kg barramundi.
'When I got it to the boat I couldn't lift it in, so I had to come up with all these different things so I didn't lose it.
'I ended up making a sling out of a tarp I had so I could get it in the boat.'
The massive barramundi is the second 29kg fish to be caught at Awoonga Dam, however according to Ben there are bigger fish out there.
'Personally I think there are probably bigger in there, I don't think this will hold any records for long,' he said.
The fish was estimated to be about 10 years old, making it part of the original fingerlings put in the dam in 1996.
Now after nine years of living in the local dam the giant barra will find a new home on the wall of Ben's house.
'We're probably going to get it stuffed and mounted,' he said.
'A catch like this is a once in a lifetime.'