Dean, from the Brisbane area, caught this ripper barra at Lake Callide Retreat in 2020.
Dean, from the Brisbane area, caught this ripper barra at Lake Callide Retreat in 2020.

AMAZING PICS: The biggest barra hooked at Lake Callide

Last month Jason Ehrlich broke a Lake Callide Retreat barramundi record when he reeled in a 125cm monster specimen.

What you didn't see with the hype around that amazing catch was some of the other crackers that have given fishermen the "thrill of a lifetime" at the popular Central Queensland tourist attraction.

Here they are:

Jake, from Mitchell in Queensland, landed this fish of a lifetime at Lake Callide Retreat.
Jake, from Mitchell in Queensland, landed this fish of a lifetime at Lake Callide Retreat.

Lake Callide Retreat markets itself as "ideal for families, fishing enthusiasts, young at heart and experience seekers".

It offers affordable, self-contained accommodation with comfortable cabins looking out over the expansive Callide Dam at Biloela.

Nigel, from Biloela, loves his hometown waters to go catching big barra like this one he caught in 2020.
Nigel, from Biloela, loves his hometown waters to go catching big barra like this one he caught in 2020.

As well as the recreation activities on the dam including barramundi fishing and red claw catching, the retreat also offers a gemstone fossicking area.

But as Lake Callide Retreat caretaker Stephen Laughton explains, the gem most people go searching for is that prized barra catch that will get their photo and name up on the "wall of fame".

Troy, from Coffs Harbour, landed this beauty at Lake Callide Retreat.
Troy, from Coffs Harbour, landed this beauty at Lake Callide Retreat.

"Oh mate, yeah there's heaps of photos on the wall," Stephen said.

"Anyone who wants to get their name up there and their photo, they can.

"The last couple to do so have been a 10-year-old kid and an 11-year-old boy, so it's great."

Jason struggled to lift this monster he caught at Lake Callide Retreat in 2020.
Jason struggled to lift this monster he caught at Lake Callide Retreat in 2020.

Stephen and wife Kerry are just about to complete the first year of their decade-long lease at the retreat.

Stephen Laughton is the caretaker at Lake Callide Retreat and he loves wetting a line for barra like this one he caught in 2020.
Stephen Laughton is the caretaker at Lake Callide Retreat and he loves wetting a line for barra like this one he caught in 2020.

The odds would suggest that the best catches during their tenure are still to come.

For more information visit the Lake Callide Retreat website www.lakecallideretreat.com

Jason Ehrlich landed this 125cm record breaker at Lake Callide Retreat in November, 2020.
Jason Ehrlich landed this 125cm record breaker at Lake Callide Retreat in November, 2020.


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