Taria Buckley with a solid catch.
Taria Buckley with a solid catch. Contributed

Gympie connection solid in Territory barra comp

FISHING: Despite being one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, Australia's Northern Territory is widely regarded as a sports fisher's paradise.

A contingent of Gympie anglers conquered the waters of Darwin recently in the NT Girls Barra Competition.

Tegan Carmichael, TariaBuckley, Jess Maier and Ross Carmichael landedsome of the biggest barra of the Dundee competition.

They came fourth overall as a team, with Tegan claiming third as an individual angler.

Tegan landed nine barramundi in the first day of competition, with Buckley bagging five, the biggest of which was 75cm.

While the majority of fish caught were 60cm, the team managed 735 points on day one.

With Maier joining the team on day two, they wereable to continue theirform in the opening hours.

The outfit managed to catch six barra in the first hour and a half.

Maier, who had never fished for the iconic species before, managed to land one of legal size with her first cast.

While the opening stanza was frantic, the middle period slowed.

However a pep talk from skipper Ross was enough to get the team fired up.

They pulled in three monsters in quick succession.

With 15 minutes to go, Tegan pulled a solid 63cmbeauty from a snag line.

The last catch brought the team's day two total to 535 points, enough to secure fourth place.