Mission: Catch a fish that weighs more than the boat you’re in. (Barramundi edition)

Catch a fish heavier than your kayak? Hmm, a compact sit-inside weighs around 45, 50 pounds. This 'barra' weighed 46. Close enough for us.

Catch a fish heavier than your kayak? Hmm, a compact sit-inside weighs around 45, 50 pounds. This ‘barra’ weighed 46. Close enough for us. YouTube frame capture.

Mission: Catch a fish that weighs more than the boat you’re in. (Barramundi edition)
By Mike Stevens

Anglers have challenged themselves and each other by setting goals and making bets for centuries (we think). First fish, most fish, biggest fish, multi-species “grand slams” and closely-related challenges are typically on the menu for this type of thing, but going out in freshwater with a goal of catching a fish that outweighs your boat is a new one for us.

The target species in this case is the barramundi (or “barra!” but only if said loudly with a thick Australian accent), which is a popular inshore as well as freshwater gamefish targeted by Australian anglers as well as fishermen all over the western Pacific. Also known as “Asian seabass,” barramundi are popular in Thai cuisine, and they get their down-under name from an Aboriginal word meaning “large-scaled river fish.”

While these two Aussie’s don’t mention if they were successful in their quest, we think that the 46-pounder they caught was plenty to get the job done. That is to say nothing of the one they lost after it pulled the treble hook right off the lure’s split ring.

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