More school hours Barra with video

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More school hours Barra with video

#1 Post by Ads22 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:17 pm



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwXNeDNDyzQ

This Wednesday no work day I had a few chores at home to knock off and figured I’d save the fishing for the weekend. Instead of leaving them until Wednesday morning, I rolled some loads of washing Tuesday evening, then got the lawn done Wednesday morning, which ended in a pool of sweat. Seeing that it was ridiculous going ahead with less urgent yard work in this heat, I decided it would be better to go for a fish.

An unexpected fishing session is always a bonus, but even better when you catch a fish. I had trekked out late Sunday afternoon and not managed to find a fish despite the great conditions. It wasn’t long until I hooked up on the Happy Rock Softies Grub, a small Tarpon quickly taking to the surface and spitting the lure.

I worked over the structure and with no real interest, I did a quick troll up the lagoon, locating some feeding Mullet at the end. Running short on time, I headed straight back without a touch and pulled up at the primary structure in the lagoon. I had started with a plan to try a series of lures, starting with the HRS Grub, then the Jackall Squirrel in Matte Pearl White. I worked a couple of extra lures into the mix with no result then moved on to the 5” Zerek Live Shrimp.

Shortly after changing to the prawn style lure, I hooked up to a small Barra that took me through the structure then took to the air and spat the hook. A bit disappointing, but at least something was eating now!
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I worked the lure slowly amongst the structure and soon hooked up to a good fish. It ran for the clear, then doubled back and dragged be back, running straight between two pylons. It was a few tense moments as I played the line over on pylon then maneuvered my yak out of the predicament as a bystander watched on from up the lagoon. As the fight wore on, he drove closer to watch the proceedings. Soon I got the fish close to the yak, being sure to keep my thumb well clear of the spool. A nice 78cm Barra came aboard and I was quite happy.
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I snapped a couple of pictures and posed for some stills on the video cameras for a local Barra comp, then tagged and released the fish. Getting straight back to it, I flicked back into the structure before moving through to the original side so I could face into the wind and cast so it was easier to direct the yak. As I drifted through, I flicked the lure up between two sets of pylons. I managed another flick along the same line and as I passed the last pylon, I received a solid thud and the line ran for the clear again. I fought the fish for a few moments before the lure again flung clear. That’s what happens running weedless rigs I guess.

It was about 10 minutes before I got another hit, and the next couple of casts I received multiple small taps and finally hooked a fish briefly – I suspect a small catfish.

It was about now that I switched off my head camera for a moment – big mistake for filming purposes. With a back handed flick into the pylons and a long pause to allow the prawn lure to slowly sink, I hopped a couple of times and I was on again. This fish was a smaller but feisty unit that ran again for the clear and straight past my kayak. Using the weight of the fish I turned the yak, wheeling around over 180° quickly. I fought the fish patiently and landed a nice 66cm Barra. It was only when I had landed the fish that I realised my head camera had been off. Another couple of poses and pictures and a tag and release. Just before release, the head camera battery ran flat.
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It was time to head off, but as I drifted back toward the structure, I decided to quickly trim the chaffed leader and re-tie the lure to save me effort next trip. I couldn’t help but throw one cast along the pylons as I pushed through and, to my surprise, it went off. This was a bigger and much stronger fish with plenty of power. With my head camera off, but a good fish on the line, I battled to keep the fish away from the standing dead wood. Then, as the fish ran for more open water, I battled one-handedly as I used the other to replace the camera battery. With some effort, and keeping the fish away from structure again, I captured the end of the battle on both cameras as I subdued my biggest fish for the day, and my biggest Barra from the lagoon – a 79cm model.
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I was now cutting it fine to get to the school on time, so quickly grabbed some shots and then headed for the ute. Happy and almost late, I headed for the school smelling of fish. I couldn’t believe how the session had turned on, three landed and two dropped in about 50 minutes. It was a shame to be leaving while the fish were still biting, but three Barra in a session for me was reward enough for the effort.

Until next time, cheers and happy fishing!

Adam
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Estuary Cod 50cm; Mangrove Jack 49cm; Barra 108cm; Flathead - dusky 62cm; Flathead - bartail 51cm; Flounder 28cm; Forktail Catfish 60cm; Bream 32cm, Sand whiting 30cm; Striped Butterfish/Scat 20cm; Barred Javelin 47cm; Bull Shark 80cm; Queenfish 103cm; Tarpon 60cm; Golden Perch 47cm; Estuary Perch 33cm; Saratoga 72cm; Leathery Grunter 43cm.

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Re: More school hours Barra

#2 Post by allane » Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:46 am

Man you're on fire! Some top fishing and pictures. Many a good fish to be had during office hours it seems. May have to have a sniff around up that way on our next Kinchant trip (Oct).
Thanks for sharing, a lot of time and effort goes into putting up these posts, much appreciated.......Al
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: More school hours Barra

#3 Post by Ads22 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:17 pm

allane wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:46 am
Man you're on fire! Some top fishing and pictures. Many a good fish to be had during office hours it seems. May have to have a sniff around up that way on our next Kinchant trip (Oct).
Thanks for sharing, a lot of time and effort goes into putting up these posts, much appreciated.......Al
Thanks Al. The report is a great way to re-live the trip for me, remind me of how much I enjoyed it. Sometimes a trip starts well and ends quite dull. It's important to remind myself of the joy at the start, or fun moments. When you have a good finish, it's nice to report to give others the kick to get out again after a couple of flat sessions.

Give us a yell when you come through. Kinchant sounds awesome, I have thought of it for a few years now, too. October could be a tricky time as I have a trip to Victoria planned, so would depend on dates, but happy to either point you in a direction (might not be the right one) for a local session or have a paddle with you if timing suits.

I couldn't repeat the effort this afternoon. Had a salty session with sooo much run! Massive tides! Decided to finish out with a quick Woolwash session. One touch with resulted in a Barra scale on my hook point. As I left, I bank fisher was trying to land one into a long net directed by his mate. Fish busted him off, he did his 'nana, much the same as I did last week! I felt for him. I feel he felt a bit embarrassed that I saw him. :lol:
Yak PBs
Estuary Cod 50cm; Mangrove Jack 49cm; Barra 108cm; Flathead - dusky 62cm; Flathead - bartail 51cm; Flounder 28cm; Forktail Catfish 60cm; Bream 32cm, Sand whiting 30cm; Striped Butterfish/Scat 20cm; Barred Javelin 47cm; Bull Shark 80cm; Queenfish 103cm; Tarpon 60cm; Golden Perch 47cm; Estuary Perch 33cm; Saratoga 72cm; Leathery Grunter 43cm.

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Re: More school hours Barra with video

#4 Post by Ads22 » Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:50 am

Video now added to original post.
Yak PBs
Estuary Cod 50cm; Mangrove Jack 49cm; Barra 108cm; Flathead - dusky 62cm; Flathead - bartail 51cm; Flounder 28cm; Forktail Catfish 60cm; Bream 32cm, Sand whiting 30cm; Striped Butterfish/Scat 20cm; Barred Javelin 47cm; Bull Shark 80cm; Queenfish 103cm; Tarpon 60cm; Golden Perch 47cm; Estuary Perch 33cm; Saratoga 72cm; Leathery Grunter 43cm.

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