My big­gest barra was on a dead her­ring

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Jesse Wake­field

IT wasn’t my first barra but it sure was the big­gest ...

About a week ago I was at a lake near St Crispins Av­enue, Port Dou­glas.

I have been go­ing there ever since I moved to the area about six months ago.

A few days ear­lier I lost this huge barra, but ev­ery night af­ter I had re­turned in an ef­fort to get it back.

So last Thurs­day, about 10pm, my line just started go­ing off, and I knew straight away it was the one I had been look­ing for.

With the help of my mate Chris, I man­aged to reel it in af­ter about half an hour.

It was 107cm long (left) and weighed about 25kg.

I was ab­so­lutely stoked. Peo­ple had been say­ing I wasn’t go­ing to catch a barra on a dead her­ring — but I proved them wrong.

It took a lot of pa­tience though, but I was re­ally de­ter­mined to catch this fish.

Pic­ture: HAY­DEN SMITH

An­gler Jesse Wake­field.

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