To Foxies Barra Havoc
from Matt & Rach
Saturday, November 24, 2012 4:32 PM
Subject: Aurukun Trip Report
Earlier in the year I bought a heap of lures and reels off you guys for a week-long trip to Aurukun with three other guys living aboard a mothership and fishing the Archer and Love Rivers. What a trip of a life time. I thought you guys might be interested in some of the photos I got of my fish caught on the promotional Classic Barra 120 XXXX Gold lure that one of the guides laughed at when I tied it on, Who's laughing now. My favourite picture is of the colourful juvenile Queensland Gropper, such a beautiful fish and he put up a great fight. I must say though that the barra was a brilliant gold and the saratoga had some amazing aerobatics. All fish were returned after getting some photographs for the wall at home. With the four new reels and four tackle trays full of lures from you guys in an assortment colours and depths to cover all scenarios from the fresh water lillypad lined lagoons to deep rock bars, to shallow mangrove flats and all the way to trolling for mackerel in the blue water we were set for a great trip. I was constantly tapped on the shoulder by the other three guys on the trip to borrow lures from me that consistently caught me more fish than them, the guides would be looking through my tackle trays each day to get me to try out different colours whilst hinting to me that they would not mind a couple in their collection. Of course I left some for them to use as a thank you for the expert advice they had given us all week. My clear stand out favourites were the Classic Barra lures, the Bomber Long15A in Gold & also Fire Tiger, the Killalure 2 Deeps, 2 Easys and the 2 Deadlys in Guns n Roses, Gold Black and Banana Fish. The Killalure 2 Deeps and 2 Easys that I had packed for myself (which rapidly got snatched by my mates) scored the biggest barras on the trip which mostly came from a couple of 2 - 5m deep rock bars and pretty much all in Guns n Roses, Gold Black and Banana Fish. We had a great session in the lily pads and the lure of choice for that arvo was the 2 Deadly in Guns n Roses which saw us catch more than 40 fish between us in just over an hour.
We also had a great session fishing off the beach at the mouth of the Love River catching big barra, black jewfish, blue salmon, threadfin salmon and queenies all caught on Squidgie Mongrels with an added stinger hook off the end of the jighead. I ended up with over 110 legal barra and heaps of PB's, all up as a group of 4 anglers we totalled 20 different fish species for the week. The boys have already indicated that I am in charge of organising the tackle trays full of lures for next year's trip. At least we know what works, thanks again guys for your help.
John, attached are some pics of the fish caught on Friday and Saturday. One was 98cm and one was 110cm. Both fish were taken on Halco Laser Pros. One of the lures (2 sets of trebles) was well and truly swallowed and the other lure (3 sets of trebles) were hooked up externally. Out of the three sets of trebles, the rear set had pulled free with one hook straightened, and on the middle set of trebles one hook was holding, while one of the other hooks were pulled straight. It was good to buy some tackle from a local shop, instead of buying from a larger retailer. Some of the info you get from a local is very handy and it helps keep a local trading in the area, so when you want something in a hurry there’s somewhere you can get it. I will recommend the shop to friends on our future trips.
Dear John & Jackie
Hi' again Jacky, Ros caught her on one of tim's lures it was the purple and
silver one , the time was around seven thirty. Ros' would be proud if you
used her pic's and tell john we caught her and a few more at the point near
the main basin that he told us to fish. Thanks again for your help to
capture such a beautiful fish, it was just as rewarding to see her swim
away. Hope to see you guy's soon .
Cheers Ronnie & Ros
Dear John & Jackie,
We would like to thank you for your advise on fishing Lake Monduran the tips and lure selection you recomended had our lines getting smashed time after time. Hope you like the photo's. See you again soon .
9th December 2008
Just wanted to drop a line to thank you for your help last weekend. No good news unfortunately and all we had to speak of were the two hookups that got away. It's a bugger but that's how things go sometimes.
Anyway I like to let people know when I think they go the extra mile and provide good service with a smile and thats what you did.
Thanks and we will drop in again next time we come up.
29th December 2008
Hi there Jacky,
Just a quick photo of my first barra I caught on Saturday trolling in the basin. Just want to thank you for all the help you gave me Christmas Eve just before you closed.
Greatly appreciated. My barra was 117cm long and over 50 pounds as it went off our scales.
15th May 2009
Please find attached Ryans first barra measuring 55cm (caught on a hollow belly) with his DIAWA advantage rod that Jackie sold to him from the shop, thanks for all the helpful advice.
Wayne & Ryan Kuskie
4th September 2008
Hi Jacky, Thanks for sending con note and for organising delievery of my order, will let you know how we go with the fish. Also,many thanks to yourself and John for the good advice on the right gear for these magic fish. Pleasure to talk with people who have specialist knowlege for Barra fishing, living with the fish as it were. I have found it frustrating to read and be advised differently from each tackle person you talk to and end up with gear that does not suit either myself or the fishing style. Happy to have found the web site and I am bound to become a frequent visitor. Look forward to viewing the monthly specials as well.