Fishing contest winners

BARRA BOUNTY: Robert and Paul Cox were winners of the Easter barra contest.

BARRA BOUNTY: Robert and Paul Cox were winners of the Easter barra contest.

BIG Victoria River barramundi are in the sights of many anglers heading to the Big Horse Creek Classic on the May Day long weekend.

Timber Creek, four hours south-west of Katherine, has a well founded reputation as one of the most scene spots to catch a barra in the NT.

The winners from the Easter weekend fishing contest on the Victoria River are enough to wet most people’s lips.

Timber Creek held another big Circle F Easter fishing competition during Easter which attracted many anglers.

It has become an annual pilgrimage for many anglers to make the long trip to the Victoria River for its prized barramundi.

New Katherine resident Jacob Moore won the hard luck competition of the Easter competition after a crocodile apparently interfered with his catch (see the picture below).

Having recently moved to Katherine from Qld and had never caught a barra.

At his first competition he hooked a good barra which out up a good fight and an impressive show.

The junior winning barra.

The junior winning barra.

But the mighty fish was lost less than a metre from the boat with only a bit of flesh on the hook to show for it. It was presumably taken by a croc as not another barra was seen for the rest of the weekend.

The 30th annual Big Horse Creek Barra Classic is on again in Timber Creek next (May Day) weekend, April 29 and 30 hosted by the Katherine Game Fishing Club.

There are over 20 prize catalogues with the largest barra collecting the $3500 cash prize. Nominations for adults are $150 and $50 for juniors and potty mullets. 

Louise Wilson with the largest barra for female anglers.

Louise Wilson with the largest barra for female anglers.

Nomination forms can be found at Rod n Rifle, Furniture Discounts, Town n Country butchers and Katherine lock and key.

It is a fully catch and release event.

Winners from the Circle F Easter fishing competition 2017: 

Adults

Robert Cox (111cm) Largest Barra $1400

Paul Cox (108cm) Men’s Barra $700

Louise Wilson (103cm) Female’s Barra $700

Tom Firman (68cm) Salmon $250

(Tie Shark/2nd HardLuck Stories)

Hard luck story for Joan Pracy. After trying for two years to win something, she landed this stingray but was not game to put her entry card on it.

Hard luck story for Joan Pracy. After trying for two years to win something, she landed this stingray but was not game to put her entry card on it.

Tom Firman (80cm) Catfish $250

SHARK (80cm) Tie – Nicole Salzgeber and Gavin Donzow $200 

Louise Wilson (50cm) Mullet $100

Hard Luck Story

#1 – Jacob Moore $100

#2 – Joan Pracy (2nd Yr Running) $100

Juniors

CROC GOT IT: Jacob Moore recently moved to Katherine from Qld and had never caught a barra. At his first competition he hooked a good barra which out up a good fight and an impressive show. But the mighty fish was lost less than a metre from the boat with only a bity of flesh on the hook to show for it. It was presumably taken by a croc as not another barra was seen for the rest of the weekend.

CROC GOT IT: Jacob Moore recently moved to Katherine from Qld and had never caught a barra. At his first competition he hooked a good barra which out up a good fight and an impressive show. But the mighty fish was lost less than a metre from the boat with only a bity of flesh on the hook to show for it. It was presumably taken by a croc as not another barra was seen for the rest of the weekend.

Kenneth Dennien 101cm Largest Barra $600

Connor Cox (98cm) Boys Barra $350

Olivia Donzow (59cm) Girls Barra $350

Cooper Cox (63cm) Salmon $150

Connor Cox (51cm) Jewfish $150

Cooper Cox (76cm) Catfish $150

Nateissa Hill-Nataka (102) Shark $150

Connor Cox (50.5cm) Mullet $75

Quade Storer - encouragement award $100 

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