Thoughts on the Daiwa BARRA Tour 2010

This is the place to discuss all matters relating to BARRA fishing and tournaments.

Moderators: Simon Goldsmith, chris byrnes, Elliot Fooks, Matt Fraser

Post Reply
Simon Goldsmith
B&B Admin
B&B Admin
Posts: 1273
Joined: Wed Apr 09, 2003 4:01 pm
Location: Bris Vegas

Thoughts on the Daiwa BARRA Tour 2010

Post by Simon Goldsmith » Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:28 pm

Sitting hear at the Pinnacle Pub having just completed the last event of the northern BARRA Tour i thought it was only fitting to bang out some of my thoughts regarding the BARRA Tour and the special place that it has at ABT and in my world especially.

For ABT the BARRA Tour comes at the end of a long and hard year that sees myself, Marcel, Chris and i'm sure Steve a little jaded and over exposed to the whole grind of travel, early starts, competitors gripes and the general pitfalls and windfalls of running tournaments. The BARRA Tour provides a novel breakaway from our core business and allows us to catch up with people and places that we only get to see once a year. It's an emotional refresh and debug from the year before we head off for Xmas and get ready for another year on the tournament trail. For an ex North Queenslander who loves the tropics it's like coming home (for at least a couple of weeks anyway).

But in essence it's the comradry of the people on the tour, the like minded obsession of barra and the willingness to stay up until 12.30 at night to catch them or go for 14 hours in complete darkness to get one bite, or in many cases none, is something that i find endearing, yet strang at the same time.

What is it about this species that makes people so fixated and willing to put their key tag on the board at 9pm then head out into pitch black to fish until 2pm (yes Craig Griffith i'm talking to you)? I'm not sure what it but it's great.

To all the guys that were on the the northern tour thanks a heap for a great ten days, i had a ball, even despite some challenging days at work. To Jason Wilhelm, Alan McNamara, Simon and Gly Barkhuizen and Mike Connolly in particular your company, humour, support and commitment to what we do, is and was greatly appreciated. Enjoy the southern leg guys, let's hope we get a portion of the action we had last year.

Oh yeah i can't forget, the other thing that i love about the BARRA Tour is that it's only time in the year that i get to fish while i'm away with work. For those that know me you'll know how much i love sooties and on the tour i get to catch up with these great mates. I managed two sessions on Eungella on this trip, a full day before the Teemburra event which yielded 32 fish, 20 odd of which were over 40, and a half day which produced a thunderstorm and 12 fish. For a crankbait and spinnerbait loving bass angler this place is heaven on earth. I didn't get to walk any creeks though there'd been too much rain and they were running high and dirty.

Suprisingly though i also did a could of sessions chasing barra at Faust. Barra haven't always been my favourite fish i have to admit, but after catching a 97, 92, 109, & 111 I'm starting to see the light. Jason Wilhelm was impressed (or i like to think he was) that i manged to fit the 111 inside my small bream sized Environet. Well his head fitted anyway.

That's it guys, thanks for the Tour and see you 2011. (Actually I'm already starting to think about the 2011 Tour and all the highend Japanese lures i need to get to replace all the ones that lost to those dam sooties (and yes Steve M i do need to buy even more crankbaits!. Let's hope it stops raining by then).

I've got a 12 hour drive back to Brissy tomorrow so i better get some sleep.
Regards,

Simon Goldsmith
ABT Tournament Director
simon@fishingmonthly.com.au
(07) 3387 0888
0416 068 386

Steve Morgan
B&B Admin
B&B Admin
Posts: 2741
Joined: Mon Apr 07, 2003 1:40 pm
Location: Brisbane
Contact:

Re: Thoughts on the Daiwa BARRA Tour 2010

Post by Steve Morgan » Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:34 pm

Simon v 111cm barra.

I reckon that it'd be a pretty even fight!

:)

SM
ABT
ph:(07) 3387 0888
fax: (07) 3887 0889

UdlMan
Angler
Angler
Posts: 171
Joined: Tue Apr 29, 2003 4:49 pm
Location: Brisbane

Re: Thoughts on the Daiwa BARRA Tour 2010

Post by UdlMan » Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:37 pm

Steve Morgan wrote:Simon v 111cm barra.

I reckon that it'd be a pretty even fight!

:)

SM

Would nearly be as big as Simon too.
Proud to be assocated with EcoGear. The benchmark for all soft plastics. ~<><

Matt Fraser
Keen Angler
Keen Angler
Posts: 248
Joined: Mon Apr 21, 2003 7:51 pm
Location: Underwood

Re: Thoughts on the Daiwa BARRA Tour 2010

Post by Matt Fraser » Tue Nov 30, 2010 4:09 pm

I agree Simon, there are some strange yet endearing characters on the barra tour. Hats off to all those that kept backing up in miserable conditions, to slug it out for barely a bite if they were lucky. The weather certainly kained us at Awoonga, and although there was some sunlight at Mondy, water temps in the 23 - 25 degree range kept the barra in lockjaw mode.

With back to back to back night-time sessions at Awoonga, it was nice to finally have a chance to socialise at Mondy. The cameraderie on the tour was superb, lots of good fun and antics. It was good to meet some new people, and catch up with old mates that I only see once or twice a year. Barraman turned up at the start of the last session to try and spur on the barra, but I don't think he helped much :roll:

The final night presentation at the Gin Gin Hotel, sponsored by Halco and Woodsy, was a great night, with some top entertainment, and plenty of yarns.

Great tour, look forward to doing it again next year,

Matt

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest