Reel Women Barra Classic - Jessica Kirwin
As a woman, who literally was born to fish? I consider myself very lucky to be living in the Northern Territory, with world renowned barra fishing in the big rivers, billabongs and creeks at our doorstep, what person who loves to fish wouldn’t consider themselves lucky? I find myself even luckier to have met a whole bunch of women who were born to do exactly the same by fishing the Reel Women Barra Classic for the first time in 2009 and even more lucky I met my best friend, Trudy Hallas, through fishing and introduced her to the Reel Women Barra Classic, which is now our favourite event of the year.
Trudy and I began fishing together in late 2010 after being introduced at a local fishing club. Our friendship took off instantly, I guess you could say she took me, hook line and sinker. We thoroughly enjoyed fishing together and learning new techniques off each other so much that I took the plunge and asked her the big question...... to fish Reel Women with me in May 2011 under my independent female team, Team 'WHOGAFF'. We gave it our best go together but let’s just say the name WHOGAFF turned into WHODROP with us finding a school of Barramundi in the Finniss River and continuously dropping 14 of them right at the side of the boat. Despite our best efforts only 7 fish saw the boat for the whole weekend but that didn’t deter us. We had a blast together on and off the water. After Reel Women 2011 we were neglecting our partners, hooking up the boat and off fishing every weekend and we soon realised we were pretty much a fishing match made in heaven. We know each other strengths, weaknesses and know exactly what we each need to do when one of us bellows “YEEEEERRRRRRRRP” (Translation – Fish on)