Per­se­ver­ance pays off for an­gler pals

Broome Advertiser - - Sport - Wes Francks

The weather has de­cided to warm up this last week and the tides seem to be chang­ing over to our wet sea­son pat­tern with the up­com­ing neaps be­ing mid­week so the fish­ing and crab­bing for the next month could be a bit hit and miss due to the change.

But this did not stop a ded­i­cated barra fish­ing crew from the Broome Fish­ing Club ven­tur­ing out on a hard­core trip to a re­mote lo­ca­tion up on the Broome Penin­sula.

James and Mel Mur­phy along with James and Nicole Night ven­tured along a road on the north­ern side of the Penin­sula that could only be de­scribed as an over­grown cat­tle track.

But with ded­i­ca­tion and brute force they con­tin­ued for sev­eral hours, re­sult­ing in some sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to their four-wheel-drives and the boat trail­ers, but they pushed on to even­tu­ally ar­rive at their des­ti­na­tion.

Although the fish­ing was quiet, the crew man­aged to catch a few de­cent fish — their tar­get species be­ing bar­ra­mundi.

I reckon James Mur­phy was the champ with a cracker barra fea­tured in one of our pho­tos this week.

Check out the shine and the amaz­ing con­di­tion of his fish (be­low). The crew went on to catch some rea­son­able fish mak­ing the ven­ture worth­while.

Given the change of sea­son that’s upon us, I can’t stress strongly enough to be croc wise dur­ing the wet as these preda­tors will start to liven up dur­ing the com­ing weeks.

They will be ac­tive for sev­eral months to come, so be sen­si­ble when you are around any wa­ter­ways.

That’s it from me, tight lines to all.

James Mur­phy with his hand­some catch on the Dampier Penin­sula.

Ri­ley Smith, 6, proudly hold­ing his 90cm barra from the Fitzroy River.

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