The Easter barra hunt
THERE are no excuses for not catching a barra with a Wonga Beach farm set to open a pond for recreational anglers filled to the brim with the iconic fighting fish on Monday.
The Daintree Saltwater Barramundi Fish Farm is putting the final touches on the expansion which also incorporates a visitors’ centre and souvenir shop and an educational wing for people to learn about barramundi aquaculture as well as a fish sales outlet to open in time for Easter.
Manager Mark Hober said the pond barra display all the fighting qualities of their wild cousins.
“Anyone who wants to come and try their hand at landing one of these feisty fish will not be disappointed because they still retain all of their wild characteristics and offer plenty of excitement when you catch one,” he said.
“You can either come and fish and release or buy the catch and take it away with them and we will also be offering locals discounted entry to the farm.
“We can fillet the fish you have caught and you can take that home or have the fun of throwing it back into the pond to fight another day and we can sell you instead fish already prepared in cryvac packs.
“We will also be cooking up fresh fish for our visitors if they want to tuck in.
“But you don’t only have to come and catch fish because of our wetlands here on the property we have some very beautiful bird species that call our property home as well as some that fly in from far off places.”
The farm covers nearly 50 hectares with more than three hectares under production capable of yielding 100 tonnes of fish a year and can be found on the Captain Cook Highway just north of Wonga Beach.