The big barra are bitin'

BILLED as one of the largest fresh water tournaments in Australia, the Monduran Family Fishing Classic boasts more than $10,000 in prizes and according to the experts, the barramundi will be biting.

“We were out there last night actually, caught two barra both over one metre long that weighed in around 30 to 40kg,” Rob Wood, of Rob Wood's Game and Sports Fishing, said yesterday.

“The fishing is really good out there at the moment and should stay that way over the weekend if the wind keeps blowing north.”

Tournament official Cherrel Hochin said the event had grown each year and she expected nothing less in 2009.

“We are looking at over 850 people this year,” she said.

“We've got a major lucky ticket prize boat worth $8500, and an $800 kayak for one lucky junior, plus we have $1000 prizes for biggest barra, brim and catfish, and also heaviest bag of catfish.

“There are also loads of small raffle prizes given out overnight, it makes for a fun evening and a very family-friendly atmosphere.”

Expert fisherman Mr Wood agreed, crediting the family-orientated atmosphere for its success in the past.

“People don't necessarily go there for the competition, they do it for a good weekend with the family - that is why we go,” he said.

Wood will be entering with his son, fishing strictly for barramundi, and will be hard to beat.

But he did offer some advice for the punters who will join him on the water this Saturday and Sunday.

“You'll need a basic spin rod with a 30 pound braid, 30-70 pound leader, with a soft plastic lure,” he said.

“Your best bet is to fish around the shallow reed edges to the points facing north - you should have some luck, we've been catching four or five a day easily, and that's just barramundi.”

Camping and boat security isprovided, with a debriefing on Friday night before kick off early Saturday morning.

For more information, telephone Cherrel Hochin on 4154 3265.

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