Monster barra caught at Bash
THE annual Barra Bash at Lake Tinaroo was again a big success with plenty of huge barramundi caught.
It was a back to back crowning to Cairns’ Ben Tunstead who reeled in 13 barramundi with a total length of 11.615 metres across the two-day tournament.
Atherton’s John Wilkinson caught the longest barramundi at a monster 127cm and the champion female angler was Deanne Masters who also caught a pending world record barramundi weighing 17.8kg and measured at 119cm.
With the rain, storms and warm weather on the Tablelands the past couple of weeks, the conditions were perfect to catch a monster barramundi.
Tableland Fish Stocking Society spokesman Laurie Wright said it was “a very successful competition”.
“It was an absolutely beautiful day and a real family gathering with kids involved,” he said.
“The Barra Bash brings a lot of money in for the community and it’s the community that supports the event so it’s great they get something out of it.”
The Barra Bash reeled in 595 competitors from across the country with 205 being juniors under 15s. Mr Wright said everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and it was great to see kids involved.
“Everyone had a great time no matter how long or young,” he said.
The tournament had 98 barramundi released and 150 barramundi fingerlings were set free into the dam.
Kids releasing Barramundi fingerlings with fishing guide Ryan Moody.