View Full Version : Son's first barra

05-12-2005, 08:31 PM
I took my 9 year old son (Jack) and 14 year old nephew (Jeffery) out to Awoonga on Sunday morning for a run in the boat and to try out Jacks new rod & overhead reel. We were on the water just before 0600hrs and had a look at a few creeks and bays before deciding on one at the top of the dam at about 0645. As usual I stopped about 75 meters out from the bay and gave Jeffery instructions on how to drive the bow mount while Jack & I selected a lure each. As we approach a snag I try to explain to Jack where to cast and how to retrieve but he already knows. (He was with me at the Awoonga M & G and saw how Awoonga (Trevor) did it and he has also watched his DVD that came with his ET special). So I leave him to it and I am standing back watching him cast right in close to the branches, cast, pause, twitch, twitch, pause, wind slow and bang. Within 5 minutes of being there he hooks up a strong little 43cm barra. Iím more excited than the boys. I refrain from taking over and yell instructions, let it run, pump it, wind, steady, Iíll get the net, you get the brag mat & camera. Photoís taken and back in the water to swim away for another day. 20minís later & I still have not had a hit, so change lures and motor with electric 50 meters to another snag. This time itís my turn. On about the 5th cast in the same spot I manage a 73cm barra. Again photos and quick release. Stealth mode back into position and bang, first cast another 75cm barra, from the same snag. Give it another 15minís nothing. So we move another 25m to the next and Jack puts a soft plastic on, casts it out and gets a birdís nest. Here I am untangling this mess with the SP on the bottom and just as I finished away goes the line so I pass it to Jack and he winds up a catfish. Then I hook up a catfish as well and the boys say they have had enough. Both Jack & I also have barra follow our lures right up to the boat only to swim away about 300mm from the surface. By 0800hrs it was over with no more landed. After that we had about 5 strikes each that didnít hook up, Jack with one that had a run. It was like an alarm went off & they all agreed that they would only bump the lures not attack them. Time to pack up and show the boys around and enjoy the rest of the morning cruising the dam, satisfied that my son is hooked and is ready for the next trip out. His first barra and catfish with his new rod and reel. It doesnít get any better for a father.


05-12-2005, 08:34 PM
And again

05-12-2005, 08:36 PM

05-12-2005, 08:37 PM
And again

05-12-2005, 08:53 PM
Top stuff boys.Nice fish there Jack :)

05-12-2005, 09:09 PM
well done there Jack hope there are many more to come... :D :D Adrian good work too mate ....

05-12-2005, 09:14 PM
bring on my Jan trip

good work guys...and green with envy

no1 barra still to get at my age..so well done to ya nipper

05-12-2005, 10:52 PM
Jack...............Adrian.......... A little more enthusiasm when catching Barra please...... ;D ;D ;D


06-12-2005, 06:58 AM
Jack wasn't sure about having his thumb in it's mouth and "gee this fish is slimey dad."


06-12-2005, 07:50 AM
A kid's first barra is damn special.

06-12-2005, 04:31 PM
Well done Jack and Adrian. ;) ;)

It's great to see you getting some results. 8-) 8-)

06-12-2005, 04:34 PM
Good on ya Jack, This is how legends are born, I wish I had started at your age.

Keep em' comin'. :D

06-12-2005, 04:55 PM
Thats cool, I remember the hype when my young fella got his first Estuary Perch.

06-12-2005, 06:01 PM
Good onya Jack [smiley=tekst-toppie.gif]

My young fella will be up here over xmas.
I'm hoping to hook him up on something decent while he's here.
Have to wait until the last day though so he's still like he's on red cordial when he goes back to the ex ;D ;D ;D



06-12-2005, 06:56 PM
Well done boys

I gotta get back down there and give the young bloke another chance.

I want one for myself but am just itching to make sure the young bloke gets one real soon

06-12-2005, 07:50 PM
congrats on the fish

09-12-2005, 08:15 PM
Doesn't get much better!!

Can I be your 38 year old son for a day!!! Anyway you owe me a ticket!!!


11-12-2005, 07:09 AM
Your too big to clip behind the ear, I have enough problems with the 9, 6 & 1 year old. The wife also says one 38 year old kid in this house is enough. She couldn't handle two of us throwing tantrums.

We will work out one day over X-mas for a fish inbetween being on call.


15-12-2005, 10:15 AM

Nice fish.

With the old man coming up for Christmas, I hope to get him out on Awoonga to get our own. It's hard being land based, but this Christmas I get the chance to try and land my own.

Well done to you and your son and I might catch you on the water.


15-12-2005, 02:47 PM
:) :) Merry xmas Jack Well done mate

15-12-2005, 02:48 PM
An early xmas present for the dad and the young fella..Well done mate :)

15-12-2005, 08:35 PM
Thanks for the replies. The lad thinks he is pretty good at the moment and was offering me some tips the other night. He has me patching up the old 10' tinny at the moment so he can put the 2hp on it and we can go up the creek. He is not satisfied with taking over the casting platform and the minn cota, he wants his own boat! Good excuse to spend more quality time with the kids on the water.