Barra may be a world record
THE world’s fishing spotlight is set to shine on Lake Monduran with possibly the biggest ever barramundi caught on rod and reel claimed there on Tuesday night.
Denis Harrold and Mick Self with an unofficial world record barramundi caught out of Lake Monduran.
Fishing from a kayak, Mackay’s Denis Harrold landed the monster fish which tipped the scales at 44.6kg. It measured in at 135cm with a whopping girth of 107cm.
The Monduran fish broke the old mark, held from 1999 by a Lake Tinaroo fish weighing 37.85kg, by almost 7kg.
The big barra fell to a slow trolled 130 Squidgy slick rig soft plastic in black/gold colouration.
As well as the challenges of fighting such a big fish from a kayak, Mr Harrold hooked it on a “really light combo” because he “likes to accentuate the fight”.
Once it realised it was hooked, it peeled 80m of line from the reel before crashing across the lake’s surface.
“When I heard it crash I knew it was a big fish,” Mr Harrold said.
“I didn’t realise it was a world record barra, but I knew it was a snodger.”
Mr Harrold and his fishing partner Mick Self had landed about 15 barra during the four nights they had been at the dam.
Their haul had included five fish between 123 and 127cm.
Bundaberg Sportfishing Club weighmaster/recorder Elle Hodge confirmed the catch on official scales yesterday.
But Mr Harrold’s joy was tempered after he was told he could not claim the record because he did not belong to a relevant sportfishing organisation.
But Bundaberg Sportfishing Club secretary Geoff Hodge confirmed an International Gamefishing Association (IGFA) all tackle record application could be submitted with the appropriate fee.
“I was happy when I saw 135cm. When I saw 44.6kg on the scales I was ecstatic, but when I found out it was eligible for a world record, I was absolutely delighted,” Mr Harrold said.
Back in June, New South Welshman Glenn Smith pulled in the second biggest barra on record at the time at Lake Awoonga Dam. It was 132cm, weighed 36.56kgs and was 100cm around.