Fishing Faust with Bob
Words and photos by Bob Avery
(WARNING - Some conventional tactics discussed)
Headed down to Proserpine on Friday 12th with the boat and had to stop twice because of the rain from a storm stretching from the south side of Home Hill to Bowen. By mid afternoon, the rain cleared and the wind dropped so we launched the boats for a pre week-end fish.
I ended up trolling for about 3 hours with one barra being landed. It is a PB for me at 114 cm. It stretched from one side of my boat to the other and I estimated it to be about 30 kgs.
Friday night produced another storm about 1 am and it dumped a lot of rain. No wind, just lightning, thunder and rain. On Saturday morning when I put the boat in, I noticed a rock that I stood on the previous afternoon was now about 2 feet under water. The rain was really tremendous.
Saturday morning only produced one barra strike on a large plastic which the fish promptly threw back at me. The wind was a westerly blowing straight onto the ramp so I didn’t fish Saturday arvo.
Sunday was near perfect conditions so back out onto the dam. After a couple of hours of nothing trolling for me, I decided it was time to try the fly. The barra that were being caught were all over the dam so there was no pattern to their location.
I went up wind, little there was of it, and started dredging. The breeze pushed me along so I was working a different area all the time.
After about 10 minutes, I came up solid and then the panic set in. The barra came to the surface and tried to launch itself out of the water. It was enormous. It then managed to cut through the 20 lb shock tippet and was gone.
Once I settled the nerves and found another fly, I went back to dredging waiting for another strike. It took a while but I hooked up again. This one ran deep and did not come to the surface at all. With the rod in one hand and the backing disappearing, I managed to clear the decks and get out my landing net.
I eventually got it to the side of the boat and it behaved itself letting me net her first go. The hard part was getting it in over the side. What a little cutie.
My smallest barra from Peter Phaust Dam managed to stretch the tape to 95 cm. In seemed a lot bigger in the water, still, I was/am happy.
The Fly, a Deep Water Clouser.