Teemburra delivers for start of 2015 Rapala BARRA Tour
Teemburra Dam was the first stop of the 2015 Rapala BARRA Tour, and anglers duly took up the challenge of catching one of Australia’s most iconic sportfish, the mighty barramundi. In total 102 barramundi were scored for a combined total of 7655cm, giving the event a healthy average of 75.05cm. In the first of two sessions competitors landed 55 fish, whilst in the second, which is traditionally harder, anglers scored 47 fish. The Austackle Big Barra was caught by Dustin Sippel of team Triton Boats/Edge Rods and measured an impressive 121cm. The winning team Humminbird/EJ Todd (Craig Griffiths/Karim De Ridder) took out the first event with an impressive 10/10, 941cm total, staking an early claim for overall Team of the Year honours.
The Rapala BARRA Tour is a three event series that travels to some of Queensland’s most famous barramundi impoundments. Each catch and release event requires anglers only to use lure or fly to catch their fish, testing anglers and their gear to their limits. Fishing in teams of two anglers attempt to catch, and land, the barramundi, then quickly measure and photograph the fish before carefully releasing it back into the water. At the end of each session the overall length of barramundi caught is totaled with one point allocated per centimeter of fish. The largest five barramundi caught each session goes towards the collective team score.
The 2015 Rapala BARRA Tour will remain at Teemburra Dam for the second event on the tour, the infamous Sunline Night Championship event, which starts on Tuesday the 24th November. A stern test of angler skill, patience and endurance, the event starts at 4pm with teams fishing through the evening until 8am the following morning. The extended hours of the event allows teams to take advantage of the traditional bite opportunities that take place throughout the afternoon, evening and early morning. With 16 hours to compile their five fish limit we look forward to the inevitable tales of joy, sorrow and the one that got away!
If you are interested in competing in the Sunline Night Championship event or the final event, the Storm Peter Faust (Proserpine Dam) evening event it is a simple as logging on to www.abt.org.au for all the information you need. At the site you will find links to our 2015 Rapala BARRA Tour calendar, entry forms and rules. ABT membership and boat insurance are also required to fish our events. At this point in time ABT only accepts further entries on the day of each event (from 2pm), so if you have a boat that meets minimum specifications and a partner willing to come and have a go, you too could be in the hunt for the cash and prizes on offer.
Links to session one pics here
Links to session two pics here