Went fishing off the rocks at 5.30 this morning, thawed out a herring and stuck it on a set of 3/0 gangs and heaved it out. Waited about 3 minutes and started to retrieve the line. Got a solid hook up and the fish stripped off 20 metres of line. It was a good tussle, me trying to keep fish off the oysters and fish trying to get away from me.
As it was the first of the run-in tide, I was standing about 2 metres above the water and after a good 10 miutes of to and fro, I managed to climb down to get it to within an inch of me. Almost slipped in and a wave lifted the barra enought for me to hold its jaw. Landed it and measured it then packed up and took it home. Shortest barra session I have had. got home at 6.50 AM.