Name: Daniel Farrugia
Coordinates of Home town: - 35.1680°S, 138.4720°E Port Noarlunga, South Australia
Favourite fishing Destination: Gladstone, Queensland
Favourite Fish Landed:
- 109cm barra
- 105cm 30lb Snapper
- 143cm 67lb Mulloway
- 204cm 88lb Sailfish (Mexico)
- 3m Great White
Dream Trip: Targeting black bass in Papua New Guinea would be right up there
Dream Fish: 100kg + blue fin tuna from SA
Best Fishing Tale
In May 2014 my brother and I flew to Gladstone QLD to fish in the Boyne Tannum Hookup Compotition. We've previously fished in the 3 day comp for the last 6 years with family friends which is never taken to seriously, It's always a good laugh over a few beers, catching new species that we don't have here in SA.
A few days before the comp I got a call I'll never forget.
It was my mate Kiam saying that our good mate Kane had passed away at a house party back home, I nearly fell to the floor I just couldn't believe it. After a long chat the last thing Kiam said before he hung up was "mate, just make sure you win the comp for Kane". The comp attracts around 3000 competitors and has 10 key target species but in a different state we're not even from I had my work cut out to knock off a top spot.
With conditions not ideal to target off shore species due to heavy winds I decided the best chance would be in the river targeting a big Barra off the banks. Some good fish were landed on day 1 & 2 but nothing of trophy size.
Day 3 was slow with a lot for people fishin the same area as us, my mate Ryan thought it would be a good idea to paddle across the river with the kayak in search of some bigger live bait using the cast net. 10 minutes later he came back with 6 mullet, one measuring 40cm. I quickly ran to my tackle box and made a new rig with 2 10o's and 80lb leader to suit that one big mullet. After rigging it all together I got Ryan to paddle back out and drop the rig right on the edge of the channel as the mullet was way to heavy to cast. 3 hours went by with nothing but I was still feeling lucky.
Out of no where, Bang!
The rod took off, my knees were shaking but I knew this fish wasn't going anywhere, I was more determined than ever.
After a 10 minute fight I jumped into the water, bear hugging this massive Barra. I then placed the big girl on the bank. We all lost it! Hugs a high fives flying everywhere we couldn't believe the size of it. After taking pics on the bragmat with the official comp sticker and a quick one with myself, I jumped back in the water for the release. I swam her for around a minute or so and with one big kick of her big paddle tail she was off to fight another day.
The feeling after that was indescribable and now we knew we were in with a chance of taking out biggest Barra. That night at presentations we all had our fingers crossed, waiting patiently waiting for the live Barra section to be called. After the red emperor they called it
"Live Barramundi Daniel Farrugia at 1099mm"
Once again hugs and high fives flying everywhere we were all stoked especially after the week we had, this win was certainly for our mate Kane, a mate and fish I will truly never forget.