Fogarty lands catch of day
IT DIDN'T have the action to match last year's record opening day, but the start of the 2005 Rocky Barra Bounty yesterday produced some prized fish.
A 102cm barramundi, tagged and released by Rockhampton's Rodney Fogarty, was the catch of the day.
It was caught near the Fitzroy River (old) Bridge on a live prawn.
Craig Nowland landed the second biggest barra at 90cm. From Bounty headquarters at the Fitzroy Motor Boat Club, results co-ordinator Kim Martin said there had been 51 barra caught in a total of 90 fish.
On day one last year more than 160 fish were caught, including 120 barramundi.
"We didn't get as good a day as last year but we never expected to,'' Mr Martin said.
"Low tide was a bit earlier (in the morning) this year and we didn't have the storms in the lead up to the event as we had last year.''
Mr Martin said conditions should be conducive to good fishing this morning.
"There should be a good period from daylight to about 9 o'clock I reckon and then it will quieten off.''
Fishing is from 5am to 4pm today.
The competition culminates with a presentation dinner tonight from 7pm at the Rockhampton Leagues Club.
A lucky entrant will win a tinnie with a 15 horsepower motor and trailer courtesy of Bluefin Sports.