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.
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.
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:
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)
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
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