Rockhampton Barra Jacks manager Steve Pill wets his line in preparation for the opening of barra season today.
Rockhampton Barra Jacks manager Steve Pill wets his line in preparation for the opening of barra season today. Allan Reinikka

Barra are back in numbers

BARRAMUNDI are back on the menu today and Rockhampton's Barra Jacks manager Steve Pill can't wait to wet a line.

The prized species has been off limits along the east coast of Queensland since November 1 (closed season), but as of midday today anglers will once again be able to reel in and take the big beauties.

Mr Pill said he was hoping for a good season.

"The lead up has looked promising so now it's just a matter of waiti and see," he said yesterday.

Mr Pill said the recent rain had triggered the barrage gates to open.

"That will put a big flow into the Fitzroy which will be good for barra fishing," he said.

Mr Pill said the opening of the barra season was fantastic for the region.

"It's what people wait for all year," he said.

Between the two bridges, around the Fitzroy River banks and Woolwash Lagoon, are Mr Pill's fishing hot spots for this year's season.

"There's 40km of riverbank to explore with plenty of trees and rocks and snags," he said.

"Next weekend the tides will get big so people will head up to St Lawrence and fish off the highway."

Mr Pill said with lure fishing increasing in popularity, he expected Barra Jacks to get busier in the coming weeks.

"We've definitely seen a changeover from fresh bait to lures and we've got plenty of them here," he said.

BARRAMUNDI LIMITS

Minimum size: 58cm

Maximum size: 120cm

Take and possession limit: five per person



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