Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Barra Birds Land 14 Catties; Ladies Flock to No Blokes Barra Bash at Awoonga Dam over the Weekend

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Barra Birds Land 14 Catties; Ladies Flock to No Blokes Barra Bash at Awoonga Dam over the Weekend

Article excerpt

CRIKEY, we're into the third month of the year, and to be honest I haven't had all that many opportunities to nip out for a fish apart from last Tuesday which just happened to be my 25th wedding anniversary. Such is life.

Grant Cooper made it out to Sykes Reef on that particular day, as he had his sister and kids turn up from Port Lincoln, South Australia, for a holiday.

I called him up on Channel 82 whereupon he proceeded to tell me what I was missing out - on glass-out conditions, and the fish were on the chew.

Young Kai Cooper and his cousin Dejune Otto had a ball, with Kai's fish going back in the water after a quick measure, but Dejune's was a keeper which cheered him up after feeling a tad squeamish being out on the water.

Last weekend we also had the No Blokes Barra Bash on up at Awoonga Dam.

Now given the amount of water which has flowed into this massive puddle over the past month, one would expect that all the usual haunts or favourite spots would be wiped clean and the amount of barra being caught considerably reduced, but once again the ladies still managed to catch more than last year's event.

While some were more successful than others, with Cheryl Grant landing a 1.05m, Barra the Team Barra Birds managed to land 14 catties!

We had a family in the roadhouse over the weekend asking what's the best bait for the dam and Mighty Mick behind the counter suggested a good lure at which the reply was "they just catch barra and we're after catties".

Old mate had his daughters with him and they reckon that catching catfish and releasing them is way more fun than chasing the barra.

And he could be right, with many people nearly casting their arms off (over 1000 casts) before they manage to hook one of them.

Any of the gun barra fishermen will tell you how many casts it took them before they bagged a barra and most would say around 1000. …

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