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