Tackle honchos target Arnhemland barra

The Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge recently hosted some influential representatives of the global tackle industry.

With distribution of G Loomis rods in Australia soon to be undertaken by Shimano, it was a good excuse for the aligned companies to join forces in the Top End and tackle some northern sportfish.

Flying in for a taste of Arnhemland barra fishing were Toyo Shimano, head honcho for Shimano in the US, Justin Poe, who handles all Shimano Product Development in the US and Jim Lebson, who runs G Loomis in the US and is an avid fly fisherman. The overeseas contingent joined Shimano Australia’s GM Lindsay Secombe and Colin Tannahill for the Top End pow-wow.

The Barra Lodge reported that although fishing conditions weren’t “ideal”, given the strict timeframe the US contingent had for their visit, they managed to catch more than 100 barra in three days, with Jim Lebson accounting for his fair share on fly gear.

The group also enjoyed a hot bluewater session around black rock out of Maningrida where they accounted for giant trevally, queenfish and cobia.

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Shimano Australia’s GM Lindsay Secombe enjoying some bluewater rod bending.

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Jim Lebson, of US-based rod company G Loomis.

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Shimano Australia’s Colin Tannahill and a nice barra.

For info on the Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge click here.

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