Whilst camping out along the Douglas River recently, I was chasing a goanna along the riverbank. I came to a two way split in the river, and chased the goanna along the right hand side of the split.
Then I saw 2 splashing shapes in the water, a little way up the river. The goanna turned and ran off into the bush and I went to investigate the splashes.
When I got there, I saw 2 large barramundi hiding in the shallow water underneath a log. One swam off, so I followed it to try and get it. The barramundi went under another log about 50m up the river, so I grabbed the barra out with my hands and threw it up to the shore. Then I went to get the other barra back down the river.
The first barra was still hiding under the log, and when I approached it, it swam off, so I followed it. Finally, it slowed down, then I grabbed it with my hands and threw it up onto the shore.
I picked up both of the barramundi in my shirt and carried them both back to our campsite where I showed them to my mum and grandma who were back at the camp.
They were very happy. We did not have a fishing knife to fillet the barra with, so we made a deal with a tourist that we use his fishing knife in return for us giving him a fillet from one of the barra.
I cooked the barra for my family and it tasted delicious!
The barra were caught by me without a handline or fishing rod. But it sure was fun!!
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Anth & Dani's Big Trip
"What an amazing trip, we had tried all types of fishing from rivers, deep channels, poppers, bait fishing, trolling and lure fishing. We were amazed at the variety of fish and beauty of the place. Special thanks to Allan and Heather for their hospitality, we highly recommend Darwin's Barra Base if you are coming to the Territory"