Week 16: Fishing The Cape York Peninsular For Barramundi
I've just returned from Aurukun, which is located 100 km south of Weipa on the Western Coast of Cape York Peninsular. I caught up with a couple of good mates, skipper Rob McCulloch and guide Terry Holmon. We caught loads of fish over the course of the week and I had a special fishing session with a young angler, 6 year old Lachlan. This was part of our Anaconda Kids Fishing Segment and young Lachlan had a ball.
We decided to cast net live mullet for bait, and Lachlan's first catch was a beautiful 2 kg Queenie. He had never caught a Queenfish before and was amazed at how much it jumped about in the fight. When I asked him what his favourite fish was, he said the mighty Barramundi. He was hopeful, that he would be able to land one of Australia's most iconic fish.
As the afternoon wore on, we caught a number of small cod and a few queenfish, but as hard as we tried, a nice Barra kept eluding us. As the sunset, it looked like we were going to miss out on Lachie's prized fish. On the call of "last cast" I couldn't believe it when Lachlan's line came up tight and a barra leapt across the water. Lachlan's smile beamed from ear to ear. He had a great day's fishing! A big thank you to the guys from Aurukun Fishing Charters who helped make it a special day!
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