The Easter barra hunt

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

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.

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