Monster wild barra catch & release!

FISHO was contacted today by Trav Heinrich who wanted to share news of his latest fishing adventure on the Calliope River in Calliope, Queensland.

Trav says he’s been fishing “at ‘Spot X’ since September last year, chasing the biggest barra I could find.”

“It’s been all trial and error with the technique but finally after trying and losing a lot of fish it happened on Sunday arvo, the barra of a lifetime.”

Using a 6 to 8 kilo barra rod and 4000 reel with 20 pound braid and 80 pound leader, Trav says he put out a large mullet on a 9/0 Gamakatsu hook under a balloon.

“I threw it out and after a short wait the rod took off, the drag screaming.” .

After several jumps and a ten minute fight, Trav had his big barra in.

“My mate Wayne and I were looking at the fish and couldn’t believe how big it was considering it is a wild barra … ” he said. 

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On the mat – the big barra measured 127cm and weighed an estimated 32kgs!

The mighty barra which measured 127cm on a brag mat and had an estimated weight of around 32kgs was revived for some time and according to Trav, “she left a nice love bite on my hand and she swam away strong to fight another day.”

Well done, mate that’s one helluva wild barra!


Trav Heinrich was all smiles after landing and releasing his monster barra.

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