Anglers do battle at dam to win Barra Bash crown
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.