Fisherman lands barra of a lifetime at unlikeliest of places
ADRIAN Cook never set out to land the catch of his lifetime.
Coming home from work knowing he had the rods in the car, he dropped the line in at Cotton Tree, with the high rise buildings as his backdrop.
It was hardly the place one would expect to land an epic 1.2m barramundi.
"I didn't even have a tackle box," the bemused local laughed.
"I was fishing for about 30 minutes and ended up putting the rod in the sand. It kept falling over though, and when I checked it, it took off.
"Straight away I could tell it was pretty big."
Using a medium hook and a ball of squid, Mr Cook was surprised to land anything that size.
Until that day, the biggest fish he'd landed was a mere 75cm mulloway.
With the barra in tow, he began to walk up and down the sand in an attempt to exhaust the beast.
With help from stunned fellow fishermen passing by, he finally brought the barra in close, but four times it shot off, nearly snapping the line.
"I work at a render factory and lift heavy 20kg bags, and it was the same weight or more," he said.
"It would have fought me for half an hour at least. We ended up measuring it with a ruler and it was 1.2m.
"I feel like I don't have to fish again, it was out of this world. I don't know how I caught it, it so surprising it held.
"To be able to land something like that here, in your backyard, is just so awesome."