BEAUT BARRA: Jake Causer with the first real barra he has caught and the first to come out of Awoonga Dam in 2015.
BEAUT BARRA: Jake Causer with the first real barra he has caught and the first to come out of Awoonga Dam in 2015.

Big barra catch will bring visitor back to dam

THERE was no mistaking it when a 94cm, 9.5kg fish jumped in the air that Jake Causer had hooked his first "real barra".

The Sunshine Coast resident, on holidays in the Gladstone region, was trawling around Awoonga Dam when the fish just went "whack".

"It jumped a few times in the air and you could see it was a big barra," he said.

"The line ran out and she was a fair fight."

It was the first barramundi caught on Awoonga Dam in 2015 and Jake made the most of it.

"She was just beautiful, covered in bread crumbs and fried in a pan," he said.

"We only came up for three nights and now we will definitely come back."

Barrabasstasstic Fishing competition organiser Russell Nowlands said the catch had come at the right time.

"We wanted them to be biting for the competition next weekend and it's good to see they are," he said.

"You can always see the barra on your sounder. They are not a hard fish to find, but they are extremely lazy."

The Barrabasstasstic has two sessions from Friday, January 16 starting at 6pm to Saturday at 10am and then again from Saturday at 11am to Sunday 11am.

Awoonga Dam Caravan Park has free accommodation for children and 10% discount for adults over the competition weekend.

Russell Nowlands' Barra Tips:

  • Know how to read a sounder
  • Don't be too quick to wind in your line
  • Give it a quick jerk and keep twitching
  • Be persistent and keep casting
  • Work close to structures
  • Attack the fish - be aggressive
  • Stay in the one spot
  • Make sure you hooks are sharp
  • Check your drag on your reels


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