Barra nationals 2014, The Scurvy Dogs

Story by Dominic Wiseman

As predicted the Barra Nationals were tough with only 534 barra landed over the 5 days. Day one was the best for big fish on the back of the spring tides with 5 metre-plus fish landed. Fortunately for us we were one of the teams to land a meterey, and at 109cm it was a massive fish. Andrew Maher landed the fish trolling a classic 160 shallow diver pass the mouth of Elizabeth creek on the incoming tide. The big girl inhaled the lure and jumped many times before being subdued and netted by Steve Bormann.

The next few days were even tougher as the big fish disappeared on the smaller tides and many smaller fish moved in on the snags. Most fish were in the 40’s and 50’s and therefore not worth many points. The Scurvy Dogs plodded along only landing a few small fish each day, but still enough to hold onto 3rd place. On the last day we did not need much to at least hold onto 3rd place or even take the lead.

However, it was not to be and even though we hooked some good fish on the last day we could not land any of them. Unfortunately we dropped a few places and ended up in 6th position. The good news was that we improved on our 7th position last year and Andrew managed to finish 3rd overall in the individual angler race. One thing for sure is that the Scurvy Dogs have been consistent over the last two years.

Once again the competition was run incredibly well by the Palmerston Game Fishing club. The Banyan Farm was a great venue and the catering sensational. The champion angler was Kane Dysart and he helped his team, Classic lures take out the competition. Pure Fishing won the champion mixed team, Team Fusion took out the champion local team and Thirst off won the champion interstate team. Let’s hope that next year will see the fishing improve.