September signals the start of spring and this means the inaugural Daiwa BARRA Tour is not far away. Kick starting in early November, the tour will feature five tournaments spread across a two-week period, leap frogging its way up the east coast from dam to dam.
Beginning at Lake Awoonga near Gladstone, and taking in Teemburra and Peter Faust Dams on its way to the final event at the legendary Tinaroo Dam, the tour is building to be one of the highlights of the ABT tournament calendar.
In standard ABT format, anglers will compete in two-person teams in a strictly lure and fly, cast and retrieve angling format. Prizes will be awarded on an individual and teams basis, with competitors battling it out against each other for their share in the cash and prizes on offer at each event. A bounty of lures and other assorted tackle will also be shared amongst all competitors who take part in the travelling tour.
All angling catches will be recorded and verified using digital cameras and an alternating coloured brag mat system, with anglers then handing in their camera memory cards at the conclusion of each session. The cameras will be reissued at the beginning of each session, and anglers will once again hit the water with their sights set on adding even more barra to their overall catch card.
To provide an element of variety and to take advantage of the varying barra bites on offer, the tour will feature night and day events. There will be three, two-day, daytime events where anglers will fish between 3pm and 10pm. The two Night Championship events will see anglers fish from 4pm until 8am the next morning in pursuit of prize-winning barra.
One lucky angler will also take home a week-long trip on the Eclipse mother ship, just by competing in the competition. We don't think that there will be a single angler on the BARRA Tour who wouldn't want to win the trip, so don’t miss out on your chance of being the lucky winner.
With a rising ground swell of support from industry, stocking groups, local communities and keen barra anglers, the Daiwa BARRA Tour is building to be one of the hottest two-week periods in the angling year. For more information or to download an entry form visit www.australianbarra.com.au or call ABT (07) 3268 3992. – ABTReads: 549