Al­ways a first time to catch barra

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Steve Wheeler

I’M from the north­ern beaches in Syd­ney and have just come to Port af­ter a stay at Crys­tal­brook Lodge.

For me it was all about fish­ing — my wife thought it was about re­lax­ation and drink­ing.

They’ve got a fresh­wa­ter lake and we were the only peo­ple there. It can ac­com­mo­date five cou­ples and some ar­rived just be­fore we left, which was a bit an­noy­ing.

I knew they had bar­ra­mundi in the lake, and as it turned out there were — not a lot, but they were there. They were a good size — 88cm was the big­gest — and I was pretty happy with it.

Yes­ter­day we got three in an hour. They were the first barra I’d ever caught. The staff were just amaz­ing. The guide kept tak­ing me out in the elec­tric boat so there’s no noise un­til we caught some. I had all my own gear but he had plenty — boxes and boxes of lures. Noth­ing was a prob­lem to them.

I was pretty ex­cited when I got that first barra. I fish in Syd­ney quite a bit. I’ve got a boat but don’t catch much — I keep fish­ing shops open.

We were re­ally happy with that hol­i­day. She was in the in­fin­ity pool look­ing over the wa­ter, so I could go fish­ing.

It was won­der­ful. The food was mag­nif­i­cent — spring rolls de­liv­ered to you in the boat. You can’t com­plain about that. She was drink­ing Moet and I was drink­ing dark and stormies.

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