Dave from Preston Victoria
I left Melbourne 1 week ago to get away from that cold Southern winter. Who would want to put up with that. Cold, rain and damp! I just had to have some sun on my back, some warmth away from the cold.
Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park, here I come!
Travelling up the the coast road to Sydney, the first day I stopped at Lakes Entrance. Five days later I drove into Karumba and Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park. This was my tenth time to Karumba and the Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park and instantly I felt at home. The staff are great, helpful and friendly and the park looked superb. Always clean and tidy and the toilets spotless. Spent the rest of the day catching up with old friends and made some new ones. That’s one of the many good things about this place. Catching up with old friends and making new ones.
But as I said, the water was like a mirror. I had two lines in the water and was just sitting back having a corn beef and pickle sandwich when I got the first hit. I love corn beef and pickle sandwiches so I was not about to drop it over the side trying to grab the rod. And I had already put some burley over the side so didn’t need my corn beef sandwich to go with it. So with my sandwich stuck in my mouth I grabbed the rod and in my excitement the bloody sandwich dropped over the side anyway. Bummer!!
By this time the line was roaring out and I was in to it. I could see the fish flying through the water and I could tell it was a Barra and a big Barra! I was so excited my left leg started to pump with adrenaline. I let the fish run for a minute or so, (could have been longer as time flies when you have a biggie like this on the line) and then pow! Out of the water the Barra came. I could see it was a big fish and I was relishing the battle. Dropping the rod down I started to reef in some line and I can tell you the rod was bent nearly into a U shape. Real in, drop the rod, real in drop the rod. I was making ground. Then, like a bantam rooster running away from the axe, Mr Barra was off again. And so it went on for 50 minutes like this, in and out, in and out until finally I had the fish up near the boat and I could see it was spent. Holding onto the rod with one hand I grabbed the net and put it under the fish, dropped the rod in the boat and dragged the fish over the side into the boat. Being a small tinnie there was not a lot of room but we managed to fit. What a magnificent fish. Approx 1.15 metres and looked like at least 20 KG. What a day and I was just getting started. Away from the cold in paradise. Karumba Point Sunset Caravan park. My home away from home.