Mon­ster barra caught at Bash

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Bec Singh

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.

Pic­ture: Sup­plied

Kids re­leas­ing Bar­ra­mundi finger­lings with fish­ing guide Ryan Moody.

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