Anglers hooked on barra
Anglers hooked on barra

Wyndham town emptied on the weekend as anglers rose before the sun to catch the elusive 1m barramundi.

The hunt took place at secret locations in all directions including up the Cambridge Gulf, in creeks, rivers, billabongs and out to sea by boat and on land along the King River.

The cause of all the commotion was a combination of prize money and a great day of fishing in the Kimberley, offered up by the Beyond the Bastion Thorley’s Store Brown Water Classic fishing competition.

As predicted, the overall winning barra was a whopping 1.04m, caught by local, talented fisher Chris Rowe on his boat.

Battling cold winds in the morning, extreme heat during the day and challenged by variations in tides, competitors waited patiently for the water to warm and barra to start biting.

Although most were unsuccessful, only getting nibbles or nothing at all, Team Onde travelled, searched and cleaned-up with a legal-size bag full of fish and the biggest boat barramundi.

Among their catch was cod, shark, barramundi, catfish, mud crab and golden snapper.

Team Onde skipper George James, from Perth, said the team caught two of their five barra at once and there were more that got away.

"It was exhilarating, heart pounding barra action," James said.

"Later in the day when the barra were hot we got a double hook-up in clear water.”

An experienced Kimberley fisherman, James said it was the best barra fishing he had experienced.

"A brilliant day, and a well-organised, friendly bunch,” he said.

"A perfect day."

A white eagle watched over Team Onde, and other anglers were lucky enough to see saltwater crocs baking on the banks.

The biggest catfish was caught from the new Anthon’s Landing jetty by Michelle Wooldridge.

The junior section winner for biggest barramundi, Ben Nunn, nine, was the only member from his group to catch anything.

For a complete list of results, check out www.beyondthebastion.net.

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