Fisho reels in first $10k barra for the season
THE first tagged barra for the season has been reeled in by a local Darwin fisho, collecting a $10,000 cheque in the process.
Greg Fry was fishing out at Manton Dam on Saturday when the lucky fish jumped on the line. He said he was out there with family and friends, trying to find 11-year-old Ben Horsington his first barra.
The inside tip on where to go fishing came from the young fella after doing his homework on where to nab the elusive Territory icon. Ben had heard there was a tagged fish about.
"It was a last minute decision to head out on Saturday night," Mr Fry said.
"The idea behind it all was to get young Ben his first barramundi."
"We found a good spot to start trawling along and it just so happened to be my rod that went off at the time."
Once the fish was on the line, Mr Fry handed the rod over to young Ben, to help reel in his first barra.
"It was about getting young Ben in the game and introducing young fishos to the environment," he said.
"We handed it over to young Ben to go for gold. It gave him a bit of stick and he put up a bit of a fight and nearly pulled him in a few times."
The tag wasn't noticed until the team of anglers had pulled the fish into the boat, which gave cause for celebration on Saturday night.
"Saturday night ended up going until about 5.30 in the morning," Mr Fry said.
"We had to power on the next morning with the kids and normal activities. It wasn't until Sunday night when we got some good rest."
First time fisho Ben has set the bar pretty high for his first barramundi catch. He was pretty chuffed about the experience.
"I got told there was fish in there (Manton Dam), I wanted to catch my first barra," he said.
"So I went there and we came home with a big fish."
"It was legendary, that feeling of getting a fish into the boat for the first time."
There are still 99 barra swimming the Top End waters with a $10,000 tag, not to mention six elusive $1 million tags that are still active from current and previous seasons.