Rocky has proven once again that the Fitzroy River is the best place to snag a barramundi and The Women That Fish Barra Classic experienced just that!
43 teams came together and caught a total of 58 barramundi over three days, making it one of the most successful tournaments since it started in 2012.
The largest barramundi caught during the comp was 880mm!
Acting General Manager of Advance Rockhampton, Chris Ireland said annual fishing competitions are now seeing record participant numbers.
“Each year continues to get better and better for fishing in Rockhampton which is why Advance Rockhampton is committed to supporting the recreational fishing industry so we can really drive home the message that we are the home of Barra,” Mr Ireland said.
“Since the introduction of net free zones almost three years ago, Advance Rockhampton’s Recreational Fishing Strategy is moving from strength to strength, with a large focus on marine infrastructure, charter operators, fishing experiences and events all designed to reinforce the Rockhampton Region is home of the Barramundi.
“Earlier this year we launched our Fishing in the Fitzroy campaign to promote the fact that Rockhampton is the most accessible, compact and productive Barramundi fishery in Australia.
“It’s exciting to see that the word is spreading through social media and through our promotional assistance to local fishing charters. We are really seeing the results with increased fishing tourists and annual competitions like Women That Fish and the Barra Bounty who say 2018 has been their most popular year yet.”
The countdown is now on for the city’s biggest competition, the Rocky Barra Bounty, in October. The competition has already seen 80 teams registered as the event heads into its 20th year.
2019 Fishing events are being finalised now and anglers are encouraged to get in early for these events to make sure that they don’t miss out!