Barra catch counted in metres
By DARRYN NUFER
MORE than half a rugby league field of barramundi were caught during this year's Rocky Barra Bounty.
In total, 55.25 metres of the prized species were tagged and released back into the Fitzroy River on Friday and Saturday.
Overall 109 barra were landed in a total of 187 fish.
Bounty results co-ordinator Bill Sawynok said while there were not as many barra caught as last year (200), the event still proved a success.
"The tides weren't the best this year but those were the dates the competition was organised for so you can't do much about it,'' he said.
"Today (Sunday) and the next couple of days would have been much, much better (for fishing).''
The longest barra was a 102cm specimen caught by Rockhampton's Rodney Fogarty on Friday near the Fitzroy River (old) Bridge on a live prawn.
Craig Griffiths, of Rolleston, was crowned most successful individual barra fisher, catching a total of 4.27 metres (eight fish).
Griffiths combined with his Creek to Coast Bait and Tackle team-mate Justin Bradford to win the top team for barra using lures title.
The best team for barra using bait was Bundaberg's 2 Basscoes, consisting of Rosscoe James and Jim Oostenbroek.
Lesley McLean won the prize for the most metres of other species caught by an individual.