120cm Barramundi

by Mark Worthy


Meter plus Barra…. CHECK.
I am a very keen angler and have just relocated to Darwin for work purposes and thought I would try my luck barra fishing for the first time to try for that elusive one meter plus Barra.

A friend invited me to tag along on a charter with the guys from Darwin’s Barra Base charters to Shady Camp so of course who could refuse as everyone’s heard of Shady Camp for Barra fishing.
We were picked up on time by their guide Jason and taken to the boat ramp (well I think you can call it that) where we started our journey to the River mouth.

We started trolling with Shallow divers and not having much luck (along with the other 50 boats there) when Jason suggested I try a Deeper diving lure. We started trolling along the deeper channel section and it wasn’t long before I heard that sound that every keen fisho dreams of. Whilst fighting the fish Jason was guiding me through what to do and I think he was actually more excited and nervous than I was, when another boats lure got caught on my line “Oh shit no “. Jason had the lure of my line within a few seconds and yep she was still on and running like Usain Bolt. A few more tense minutes and invaluable advice from Jason and we had the fish in the boat landed and two days later I still can’t get rid of the smile.

Would I have landed it without the advice and help from Jason, I highly doubt it so Jason thank you as I will never forget that moment for as long as my heart ticks, however as my waistline has, the size may grow over time though.

Thank you for a great day Darwin’s Barra Base charters and I am already planning our next trip out with you guys.

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