Wow Lee! What an adventure and that last picture makes me jealous. We worked with Barramundi at my lab for a few years, and they are VERY impressive. You could "feel" it in your feet when they struck. 85cm is a BIG one for sure. What did it weigh?
Cape man, we don't generally bother weighing Barra, just measure them. In the NT, 55 cm is the minimum (58 cm in my home State of Qld) and 120cm is max. size for keeping. We generally only keep fish between 65 and 85 cm.
1+M fish are everyone dream to catch and release. I've only caught one in 20 years but I don't specifically target big fish like some. I like to eat them as well as catch them. My PB on lure is 96 cm and 104 cm on live bait. We only cast lures these days.
The boys have a knack for making fish look bigger than they are. That 85 is a very nice fish - but it looks way bigger than that.
Here's another view of the double hookup posted earlier.
Here's another video from our fishing trip to the NT. This is my younger son fishing with "Old Yella", a rod I built for him when he was 12 years old (he's now 31!). The barra is perfect eating size - 75 cm/5 kg (ie 11 lb).
Yesterday I participated in the annual Fins and Skins event of our Men’s Golf Association. I was one of the 6 boat Captains that encompassed 18 anglers in teams of three. We were fishing for Redfish, Speckled Sea Trout and Flounder. Each legal sized fish within the legal daily catch limits per angler count as one point. The total fish points are added to the golfing points earned under a modified Stableford scoring format to come up with a team overall. The team with the highest number of points above their handicap quota wins.
It was a cool, but very sunny and increasingly windy day. The 6 teams caught a total of 101 keeper fish. Two teams caught 26 apiece. One team caught 24. Our team caught 16. Another team caught 9 and one team caught Zero keepers.
So despite good overall fishing, you can see it really depended on where you were to catch keepers and not just fish that were too short to keep. Despite catching lots of live shrimp in the morning, our team was nearly out of bait by lunch time because of the voracious number of short fish we were catching. Among all teams, the largest redfish caught was 19 inches. Largest trout was 19 1/2”. Only two keeper flounder were caught.
Today is the golf event. After golf we’ll have a fish fry for all of the participants and their spouses and family.
My brother is coming to visit on Friday for four days and we’ll be having a boat building/fishing marathon.