‘ You won’t barra be­lieve what I’ve caught’

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - THE WORLD - ELISE WILLIAMS

THIS mas­sive barra is the one that didn’t get away.

Fish­er­man Luke Ed­monds could hardly be­lieve his eyes when he went fish­ing for man­grove jack and in­stead hooked a 105cm beast of a bar­ra­mundi.

The 30-year-old jagged the rare catch at Ja­cobs Well on the

Gold Coast, more than 340km south of Her­vey Bay, which was once thought to be the most south­ern area to catch one.

Like any good fisho, Mr Ed­monds won’t re­veal his ex­act fish­ing spot but he said it was within a few kilo­me­tres of the Ja­cobs Well boat ramp.

Mr Ed­monds said he had set up his gear — a Daiwa Saltiger rod and Tekota 600 reel — to catch man­grove jack, us­ing live mul­let as bait.

“I was a bit amazed, I didn’t re­ally know what to say or think at first,” he said.

“You don’t re­ally ex­pect to catch it here, be­cause they’re from up north. If I wanted to catch barra I would’ve had a dif­fer­ent set up for sure.”

Mr Ed­monds, who was fish­ing alone at the time, said he had to share the ex­cit­ing news with his wife, who made the jour­ney to the boat ramp to take a pic­ture of the ec­static fish­er­man.

“I called the mis­sus to tell her and at first she didn’t be­lieve me,” he said. “It’s a pretty spe­cial way to join the me­tre club from all the way down here.”

Luke Ed­monds with his 105cm bar­ra­mundi.

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