Coby’s 1240mm wild barra was captured through an appreciation of the species, recognising and accepting a personal need to develop further. It has paid off, congratulations Coby, Fishing Masterclass is proud of your efforts.
Coby Pascoe has immersed himself deeper into the fishing world and will likely develop into a top-shelf fishing guide. Coby operates a charter vessel through ‘Hooked’ charters in the Rockhampton and Yeppoon district and took a keen interest in further learning, to align with his already sharp, natural ability. Anglers with the desire to grow will advance to higher levels of achievement through believing in our masterclass system, new ways of thinking, methods of application and particularly in taking the time to practice and refine their skills.
It’s rewarding from my end to witness anglers like Coby having faith, putting in the water time and mind time to tie it all together to reach near pinnacle results. This isn’t about just going fishing and eventually getting results- it’s a classy systematic approach to problem solving that gives the angler massive advantage- every hour of the day. A recent session including barra to 1240mm has quietly spurred Coby to take his abilities to the next level. Catching barra like these aren’t flukes- it’s about understanding the animal, the drivers and adapting to ‘stay in touch.’
Masterclass anglers keep their style low-key as they all know it’s a complex and thought provoking pathway where their skills and instinctual connections to Mother Earth’s cycles can always improve.
Here’s what Coby had to say about his weekend success story.
“I am by no means an expert but very passionate and addicted to our great sport of fishing. Growing up learning about southern species with my dad and uncle was great, yet left me a little disadvantaged when we moved to the central Queensland coast. The northern tropical species were all new, but learning quickly was half the fun.
I was blessed with the opportunity to guide and help run a charter boat, but to do this my boss and I thought that needing to know all I can about barramundi, their life and feeding habits was important, so back to school it was. Johnny Mitchell’s Masterclass it would be.
…learning about the tides, weather, water, natural cycles, small but significant things that change throughout the day, then how you should adjust to cope with those changes to fish for barra.
Over one recent weekend I applied the new knowledge with my father and uncle. We targeted fish that were hunting the drains on the flats and moving to the deeper water where they were holding up.
Over the few days we encountered various weather events that all influenced how we adapted our tactics and where we fished. With the small neap tides we had a few options of schools to target. The deeper fish seemed to bite a lot better on the bottom half of the tide, which is also when the feeding fish on the funnels would bite.
On the first day it was a partially cloudy day with around 10 knot winds. This allowed us to fish the deep water fish in comfort, and with the large amount of herring around we concentrated our efforts using vibe lures. With the run out tide we noticed the fish were schooling on the bottom section of the structure waiting for the bait that was held in the front to be pushed over the structure, this is also where the barra could stay out of the majority of the current. So we set the spot lock behind them working our lures naturally with the current. This day we successfully landed 109cm, 124cm and a 119cm fish.
The next day we encountered a different series of weather events, a cool front which brought the rain. We knew how this would affect the bite so we changed it up a bit concentrating our efforts on feeding fish. On the lower parts of the tide we caught our smaller fish, average around 80cm. With the arvo coming we wanted another bigger fish so back out the deeper water we went once the rain had passed and conditions had changed. That afternoon a lot of bait was starting to rise toward the surface, still with patchy cloud this bait raised higher and numerous times we saw barramundi launch themselves out of the water chasing these herring. Another fish over the metre was caught using the same technique as the day before, this fish going 111cm.
Without Johnny’s help and guidance these fish would not be possible, it was great to have a session where you see everything that was talked about in the masterclass come together piece by piece.”