An­glers do bat­tle at dam to win Barra Bash crown

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -

PETER Faust Dam drew an­glers from across the coun­try, all do­ing bat­tle on the week­end, for the Lowrance Proser­pine Barra Bash crown.

Hosted by BASS Aus­tralia Na­tion, the in­au­gu­ral com­pe­ti­tion proved pop­u­lar, with dozens of fish landed.

De­spite fierce com­pe­ti­tion, the fi­nal lau­rels went to Team EJ Todd and Hum­ming­bird, Craig Grif­fiths and Karim De Rid­der, with a to­tal barramundi length of 15.30m.

Mr De Rid­der said they hit their straps early on, feel­ing con­fi­dent through­out the event.

“There was a morn­ing ses­sion that we thought would be the tough­est,” he said.

“It seemed to be the bite was bet­ter at night but if you cracked the morn­ing ses­sion you would do all right in the com­pe­ti­tion, and the guys that did were pretty much the top three. “That was key.” Hav­ing taken home the top spot, the duo had some tips for lo­cal an­glers look­ing to bag them­selves a barra.

“Slow rolling plas­tics and slow crank­ing lures,” Mr Grif­fiths said.

“Find a bit of a wind-blown point with a bit of weed on it,” Mr De Rid­der said.

“Use your sounder to find the fish.

“Side-scan is pretty im­por­tant in the dam.”

The win puts the pair on top of the lad­der go­ing into round two of the four-stage se­ries, with the next event set for a salt­wa­ter stage in Rock­hamp­ton.

“Then we’re back up here in Au­gust for the full moon,” Mr Grif­fiths said.

“And at the end of Novem­ber we have Can­berra for the new moon.

“We’re try­ing to get the best barra an­gler, so we’ve got dams and salt.

“Not just a salt­wa­ter compe- tition and a barra com­pe­ti­tion – we’re try­ing to get blokes from both parts.”

The barramundi se­ries is the first hosted by BASS Aus­tralia Na­tion and Mr Grif­fiths was happy to sup­port it.

“Any barra comp, we’ll do them,” he said.

“This is go­ing to be big and we want more com­pe­ti­tions, so we’ll sup­port them all.”

“...if you cracked the morn­ing ses­sion you would do all right in the com­pe­ti­tion, and the guys that did were pretty much the top three.”

BARRA BASH: Karim De Rid­der with a big barramundi landed at the dam.

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