Barramundi catches surprise

Ben LittleBroome Advertiser

Okay, so I’d be correct in saying that today is August 1, wouldn’t I?

I must be missing something here, because I have been hearing some rumours getting about the place that there has been some respectable captures of barramundi in recent weeks. What is going on?

There are masses of sailfish, good reports of mackerel offshore but the barra are on the chew. It has got me stumped. I am going to suggest global warming must have something to do with it!

Now I am seriously perplexed; do I go and chase the good numbers of mackerel and cobia around offshore, or stick to chasing barra around in circles instead? Flip a coin I guess?

While I’m on the topic of barramundi, the initial release of 100 juvenile barramundi occurred at the Willie Creek pearl farm site last week. Combined efforts from the Kimberley Training Institute, Recfishwest and Willie Creek pearl farm staff ensured that the small event went smoothly.

A further 400 fish will be liberated to the Willie Creek system over the next few weeks. The project flows on from the successful releases of tagged fish into the Dampier Creek system over the last few dry seasons.

The Fisheries WA recreational fishing initiative funded the project. The babies were spawned and reared, from locally sourced breeding stock, at the Broome Aquaculture Centre.

Prior to release the aquaculture team ensured that the fish were certified healthy; along with this each fish has been tagged with a yellow external dart tag.

Each tag has the contact details of the aquaculture centre as well as an individual ID number that will allow the staff to track details on movement and growth within the system.

With the improved weather conditions on the weekend it was great to see so many cars with trailers in the car park — pity about the lack of car parking for the number of people wanting to get on the water.

The conditions enable me and a few other crew to head well and truly west to tangle with a few bottom fish out wide, as reports had been coming in that the snapper and bluebone fishing had been pretty good and relatively shark-free, much to many fishers delight.

Ben Little is an aquaculture lecturer at Kimberley Training Institute.

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