With the looming Barra season upon us I would ask my fellow anglers to consider the resource we have on our door step.
By all accounts the small Pilbara creeks do not carry the large number of barra that the large territory rivers do. Being on the southern limits conditions do not cater for large numbers of this iconic fish in our waters.
Speaking with long time locals many creeks that for years saw little pressure have increasing numbers of boats in them.
Many newer residents are not aware that these creeks were netted decades ago taking a toll on Barra. I do not have any hard research on population numbers but people I spoke to that lived here in the 70's and early 80's said there were no barra here then and the ones that did - said they used to net them - but the barra have slowly made a comeback.
As an angler that eats fish I do not lay judgement on others that fish within the regulations , However please consider the large barra are females carrying eggs and if we want this fishery for years to come please look after these fish handling them correctly when releasing.
Enjoy, Tight lines and good luck