BIGGEST CATCH: Scott McAuley has a barra of laughs after winning his second big barra competition.
BIGGEST CATCH: Scott McAuley has a barra of laughs after winning his second big barra competition. Contributed

Angler hooks a big one to win championship

A LOCAL angler hooked his second national big barramundi competition when he netted a massive barra.

Scott McAuley caught a 127cm barramundi in the Calliope River to take out the third annual BCF Barra Championship.

McAuley said he caught the winning fish in his very first session.

"I didn't think 127 would be big enough to win the comp so I kept fishing for the three-month period," he said.

"There is a fair bit of luck; if you just fish where the big barras are long enough, you increase your chances of being lucky.

"I was fishing seven to eight hours a day for two months."

McAuley's grandfather taught him how to fish when he was five and has been an obsessed, crazy, barra fisherman for 35 years.

"Grandad would be horrified if he knew how many big barras I've thrown back," he said

"He just went fishing to get something to eat; it was a meat-gathering operation for him, not a hobby."

For the second consecutive year the Calliope River has produced the biggest barra in the comp.

McAuley said the barras all go to one spot in the Calliope River in the winter.

"There is a section of hot water out of there from the power station," he said. "Big fish all go there in winter."

Last year's winner Phil Myers caught his winning barra at the same spot, meaning that Gladstone residents are the only winners of the competition since it began three years ago.



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