First Barra on Fly

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First Barra on Fly

#1 Post by allane » Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:55 am

First an apology as not from the Kayak, just something I would like to share.
Just returned from our annual Kinchant venture. Weather Gods were not favourable and water temps down as low as 20 deg. Weather did improve but fishing was particularly slow with only one or two hits per session.
Last two years I have tried to get a Barra on fly without success. I've had a few takes but no hookups. This year, armed with an 8wt Rod and slightly larger flies, finally success. A 97 cm Barra cruised out of the weed to scoff the fly in full view. Finally a hookup, but not an easy task to land as it charged off through the lily pads. Fortunately everything held together and eventually into the net she came. 97cm, extremely pleased with that! I must have broken the curse as not long after I followed up with another of 94, then two more over the next two days of 84 and 76(progressively getting smaller).
Last two nights were beautiful, still and moonlit but we could not raise a fish. Over 10 days landed 8 with 4 on the fly. The Flyfishing was the highlight, nothing better than watching a big Barra follow your fly and scoff it at your feet. Can't wait to go back again next year.
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Yak PBs: Bream 38cm FL, Bass 46cm FL, Estuary Perch 36cm FL, Flathead 61cm, Whiting 43cm, Luderick 41cm, Silver Trevally 47cm, Mangrove Jack 44cm

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Re: First Barra on Fly

#2 Post by scottski » Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:13 am

Great fish, what a dream!

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Re: First Barra on Fly

#3 Post by lantana » Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:16 am

thanks for the report great going on the fly i was waiting to see how your Kinchant trip went, is the water high can you still camp on waters edge and leave your boat close by.
again well done getting a few on fly

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Re: First Barra on Fly

#4 Post by allane » Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:16 pm

lantana wrote:thanks for the report great going on the fly i was waiting to see how your Kinchant trip went, is the water high can you still camp on waters edge and leave your boat close by.
again well done getting a few on fly

cheers
Eric
Nice to hear from you Eric, the dam is at 99%. Plenty of room at waters edge for camping. Grass to the edge so great for leaving your craft at waters edge, no wading through the mud. They have also built a new amenities block up next to the old one. Still plenty of fish there, just off the bite while we were there.
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Re: First Barra on Fly

#5 Post by simons rat » Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:39 pm

excellent.

that is on my bucket list.

thanks for sharing,

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Re: First Barra on Fly

#6 Post by pazz » Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:33 pm

Well done Alan.
Barra anywhere, anytime, anyhow is great stuff.
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Re: First Barra on Fly

#7 Post by PA Pete » Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:26 pm

Awesome barras old mate!! Well done on the fly!! :cool:
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Re: First Barra on Fly

#8 Post by pavo » Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:23 pm

Brilliant catch Al congrats on your fly caught Barra mate

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Re: First Barra on Fly

#9 Post by Jamie D » Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:08 pm

Beautiful capture mate , would have been heaven on a fly rod

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Re: First Barra on Fly

#10 Post by Leper » Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:18 pm

Gotta love that, they are some cracking Barra no matter how you caught them but on fly it is very impressive. Well done!
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Re: First Barra on Fly

#11 Post by arpie » Thu Sep 22, 2016 7:23 pm

AWESOME!! Well done, Allane!! That would have been SO much fun & well worth the wait!! :grin:

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Re: First Barra on Fly

#12 Post by hillbilly » Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:38 pm

A very nice Barramundi indeed. Congratulations for the others too. I'm actually driving up to Peter Faust Dam (Proserpine) on Sunday for a week of mostly fly fishing fishing out of my boat so I hope I am as skilful as you. I've never caught a Barramundi on fly before but plenty of other smaller species so if I catch at least one on fly I'll be over the moon. Taking both a 10wt and an 8wt rod so here's hoping. I would have liked to try some dams in the Mackay region but my mad Scottish mate from our fly fishing club wants me to drive straight through on Sunday and then straight back to Brisbane the following Sunday. My new boat has only been fished out of on three occasions and only with a fly rod for 4 fish. Moogerah Dam- 1 Bass; Somerset Dam - 1 Bass & Wivenhoe Dam - 1 Saratoga & 1 Yellowbelly so although it is not a lot of fish it has 100% mojo. I will be taking a baitcaster on this trip as well this time and plenty of my favourite Barra lures. I have enjoyed reading your reports so well done again for this achievement. Regards Bill
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Re: First Barra on Fly

#13 Post by Snapperpaddy » Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:53 pm

Jeessssss u can certainly find fish, Congrats
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Re: First Barra on Fly

#14 Post by Frugalphysio » Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:47 am

That fish looks like it can put up a fight! Good job man

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