The Darwin Game Fishing Club’s 29th Barra Classic came to a close earlier this week.
Due to recent rains entrants didn’t find the going easy and battled tough conditions for a total of 328 tagged and released barramundi.
Local Northern Territory based team, Mongrels, comprising Tom McCullough, Matt West and Ben Wall, managed to retain the lead they’d set on Day Two of the competition to take out the event on Day 5. The Mongrels scored 550 points for the final day, resulting in a 770 point win over second place team Classic Warlocks made up of John Millyard, Trevor Robb and Justin Jones, on 1375 points.
Mixed team Full Boar, with Travis Leine, Glen Schluter and Brett Warren finished third with 925 points.
The Champion Angler for the tournament was Mongrels’ Matt West with 1185 points, 495 points ahead of Full Boar’s Glen Schluter and 10 points further back was Classic Warlock’s Trevor Robb.
Jeff Wenban from XXXX took out honours for the Most Meritorious Capture award for the biggest fish, which he caught on the last day of the tournament, at 106cm.
The Champion lady angler was Leeann Payne from Team Platypus.
Fisho was unsuccessful in contacting longtime Barra Classic entrant and past winner David Green for his take on the event as he’s still away fishing somewhere in the NT until June… Stay tuned for a full report from Greenie in Fishing World magazine soon.
Update 30/4: In an email received today David Green told Fisho: “Came 9th in the teams out of 47 and 8th in the individuals out of 141. Tough week … very few fish … we caught 11 for the week to 82cm”.
See all results below. For a comprehensive tournament report go to: www.darwingamefishingclub.com.au
Jeff Wenban and Shane Latham with the biggest barra caught (106cm).
Ben Wall from winning team Mongrels.
2010 Barra Classic results
CHAMPION TEAM: Mongrels
Tom McCullough, Matt West, Ben Wall
RUNNER UP CHAMPION TEAM – VISITORS: Pilbarians
Mark Cottrell, Justin Neil, Justin Leech
RUNNER UP CHAMPION TEAM – MIXED – Classic Warlocks
John Millyard, Justin Jones, Trevor Robb
RUNNER UP CHAMPION TEAM – LOCAL – Daly Dogs
Stuart Foote, Garry Braithwaite, Andrew Darby
Matt WestRUNNER UP CHAMPION ANGLER – Local
RUNNER UP CHAMPION ANGLER – VISITOR
CHAMPION LADY ANGLER
MOST MERITORIOUS CAPTURE
MOST CONSISTENT TEAM – Halco Warriors
Ian Taylor, Glen Casey, Tim Carter