Times might be tough for the barra fishos, but not everyone is missing out on trophy fish. Take Rocky Edwards who is having a dream run in a nightmare season, catching a metery in the Barra National, another in the Barra Classic. And to round things off, Rocky landed another metery between the events. Not surprisingly, Rocky won Champion Female Angler at both events and ranked 19th overall at the National, and 10th overall in the Classic.
In the Nationals, Rocky fished with Peter Washington and David Green. She caught a 107cm barra on a white, 4in. Z Mann swimmer casting in Elizabeth Creek. The tide was flooding and Rocky and her teammates were about 100 metres upstream, in sight of the river, when her lure was inhaled. The barra went into the cane grass, into a couple of snags before coming free and charging downstream into the river.
“It wasn’t a long fight because the fish used all its energy in the initial take and run, and the fight was all over by the time it reached the middle of the river,” Rocky said.
The second barra, a 111cm fish was caught during a pre-fish with a girls team, and this fish along with a 105cm barra taken during the Classic was caught trolling from Elizabeth Creek to Harey’s rock bar.
“I launched my brand new boat during this period and in nine days on the Daly, pre and during the Classic, the boat scored five meterys and various other sizes, the smallest being 95cm,” Rocky said.
She said her teammates want her to call her new boat the “Metre Maid” and have dubbed her “Miss Metery.”
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The 2013 Frenchys Marine Junior Fun Day held in conjunction with the NT Barra Classic was held on Friday3 May, with 60 junior anglers participating. Barra Classic skippers and crew showed the juniors the finer art of catching barramundi, as well as showing them how to tag and release the fish.
While only 14 fish were tagged and released, seven of these were over a metre, with the largest barra tagged a whopping 113cm, caught by nine year old Jack Price. Other barra over a metre were caught by Jack White, 111cm, Tristan Hardy, 108cm, Tylah Forsyth, 107cm, Bradley Bielefeld, 106cm, Aaron Bielefeld, 105cm and six year old Noah Ker, 102cm.
This was the eighth year that this event has been held.