Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Nearly Time to Chase the Barra

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Nearly Time to Chase the Barra

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TWO weeks from tomorrow, being Saturday the "one-th" of February, at midday, barra are back on the menu.

Over the next couple of weeks I reckon many of you will be out and about checking on your sounder where they are actually sitting and trust me you don't have to go far to find them.

In fact you hardly have to leave Auckland Creek.

In saying that though there is something about packing up the tinnie with a couple of lunches and a few refreshments, slopping on the insect repellent, heading up the harbour to a secluded creek, to a remote rocky ledge or some fallen trees, and flicking some lures about without anyone else around.

Others rather like the social aspect and for those who venture up to Keppel Creek or Yellowpatch I would be setting the challenge of not only the numbers but the total length caught in a day or a session, or whatever.

What line you caught them on or how many barra can one soft plastic catch?

All these things make up an awesome time in this amazing region we have here.

Barra will be caught right across the region from Sea Hill right down through to Seventeen Seventy and beyond although they start to maybe get a little thinner in numbers the further south you go.

The barra that were escapees from the dam are now part of the brood stock of the region and within a couple of months I have no doubt that you will see many baby barra in the system.

At present with this wind blowing like it has there haven't been the big numbers of fish caught although I see that there are plenty targeting the muddies and also prawns as the harbour and the surrounding system is lousy with them.

The full moon tides has also allowed many to get those pots right up the tops of the creeks and drains where you normally can't get to.

The weather for this weekend is starting to show a little promise with the wind starting to drop out on Sunday and in the afternoon it should be back around the 10 knot mark. …

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