Tips and tricks to fish­ing barra

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

SCHOOL hol­i­day fun started at the Gin Gin Li­brary with Les Gane from Barra Tackle pre­sent­ing an in­sight­ful les­son in fish­ing around the re­gion.

Pas­sion­ate about fish­ing, Mr Gane said the preser­va­tion and re­stock­ing of dams was vi­tal to our water sys­tems.

“Know­ing the reg­u­la­tions and laws of the area you are fish­ing in is im­por­tant, just as know­ing where to catch dif­fer­ent fish,” Mr Gane said.

Lo­cals can some­times pro­tect their favourite fish­ing spots and not share top fish­ing lo­ca­tions, not so for Mr Gane.

“We all need to share our top fish­ing spots and show­ing off pho­tos of the catch.

“Our re­gion has plenty of top spots and it’s within a short drive,” he said.

Be­ing in the mid­dle of the hol­i­days many par­ents could pos­si­bly be strug­gling to en­ter­tain their chil­dren and friends on the cheap, fish­ing can al­ways be an op­tion.

Mr Gane said the re­cent floods opened up old dried-up creeks and streams and plenty of fish can be caught.

Hav­ing the right rod, line and lure can dif­fer in the area you fish.

“You should al­ways do a lit­tle re­search be­fore head­ing off fish­ing, safety first and you should al­ways let some­one know where you are go­ing.

Mr Gane said fish­ing was a great fam­ily ac­tiv­ity and ev­ery­one needed to be safe in and around the water.

Keen an­glers asked plenty of ques­tions like, “where can we catch the big fish like bar­ra­mundi?”

“An un­tapped gem is Lake Mon­duran, ev­ery year (it is) re-stocked with as many as 100,000 fish,” he said.

Lo­cal knowl­edge is the best in­for­ma­tion any an­gler will gain from speak­ing to other keen an­glers.

So­cial me­dia groups, the tourist in­for­ma­tion cen­tre and lo­cal bait and tackle store can pro­vide de­tails of lo­cal hot spots and point you in the di­rec­tion of what you are fish­ing for.

A sec­ond pre­sen­ta­tion will be ar­ranged at a later date to show keen an­glers how to cast a line.

Mr Gane said the en­tire fam­ily could en­joy fish­ing and that we all needed to be aware of not over­fish­ing our water­ways and to al­ways dis­pose of all rub­bish as it clogged up the water­ways.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXONBUN220916FISHING

FISH­ING LES­SON: Tom Ellem, Les and Lach­lan Jarvis.

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