Charlie lands his first barra
THE look of happiness on Yeppoon boy Charlie King's face said it all after he caught his first barramundi at the weekend.
However, the five-year-old will have to wait a while before he can do it again with barra season officially ending today.
Charlie went to his dad Adam's favourite childhood fishing spot on the Fitzroy River on Saturday and to both their surprise, young Charlie hauled in a ripper.
"I like how it feels when you catch the fish," Charlie said about his 73cm catch of the day.
"People like them (barramundi) for their colour and that's why I like them too."
Adam said his son caught the fish basically by himself.
"I helped him net the fish and guided the line away from the motor but other than that, it was all him," the keen fisherman said.
"If what he's caught now is anything to go off, he'll be a force to be reckoned with once he grows up a bit."
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Dan Stampa said the three-month closed season was set aside at this time each year to help protect barramundi during spawning, which was a vulnerable time in their life cycle.