Barstads on Fly

Couple of photos from this morning

Had a pretty cool session, even though mark forgot his fly reel and we had to share the one fly rod we had a ball on some "blue bastads" which I think are my new favourite fish to target.  These things go like the clappers on an 8wt and come into water less than knee deep to tail and feed.  Mark landed his first ever on fly it went hard as and was great fun to watch.  About 5 minutes after releasing marks I sight cast to a tailing fish and hooked up as well.  I was pretty stoked, unfortunately through celebrations I forgot that I had to fight the thing and it busted the tippet on a small piece of reef.  Oh well, up there with one of my greatest fishing moments.  I am really liking the new challenge, can’t wait til the next neaps


enjoy the pics



marks first bastad


6kg bastad




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 those things go like the

Sun, 2011-02-27 20:57

 those things go like the clappers on any gear, especially the fly rod. I got one down here with Paul and his dad on a softie and thought I'd hooked the mother of all trout, I couldn't help but be a little disappointed but was also impressed with the pulling power. We see heaps while spearing so might have to target one next time I'm in the Gulf.


Pity about the reel, unlike Pt Hedland's pro fishing team

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i'm with Tim, they fight

Sun, 2011-02-27 21:01

i'm with Tim, they fight bloody good on 50lb bottom bashing gear i can only imagine what one on fly would be like. Good work fellas


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Sun, 2011-02-27 21:43

Thats a solid bluey, sure it would make plenty of fly fisho's jealous.  Awesome for shallow water too.


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New Challenge

Mon, 2011-02-28 06:38

Nice work Brad. Looks like the 'fly' has truely got itself imbedded now.


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brad on fly mmmmmmmmmm

Mon, 2011-02-28 08:03

Thats new mate

                       Getting board hey.....................i might have one on you this time

i have got a barra on fly..................Don't ask what size though...............LOL.


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love that first action shot!

Mon, 2011-02-28 09:52

love that first action shot!

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Some good pics there -

Mon, 2011-02-28 13:07

Some good pics there - congrats ot the angler and the photographer!


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Missed this post when it

Thu, 2011-03-17 22:25

Missed this post when it first went up but have to pass on kudos, haven't seen the fish before but in knee deep water something that size must go like hell. THey look like the offspring from a dusky morwon and a queen snapper.

Great shots too.