The Beginning – A Passion for Big Barra
Lindsay Dobe started fishing at a young age with his father, targeting the diverse range of fish in North Queensland’s Whitsunday region. Lindsay caught the barra bug early, chasing these iconic fish in the local rivers and creeks. He enjoyed all different forms of fishing the area has to offer, but his biggest passion has became lure fishing for Barramundi in both salt and freshwater.
Tackle and Guiding Business Emerges
Lindsay opened his tackle store Proserpine Bait and Tackle in 1999. (The business recently rebranded to Barra World At about the same time the Queensland impoundment barramundi fishery was in its infancy. Lake Proserpine (Peter Faust Dam) was just starting to generate hype with large numbers of quality fish being caught. Interest grew in catching these huge Barra in the heavy cover of the lake and Lindsay started Lake Proserpine Fishing Charters and is credited as being one of the pioneers of the impoundment barramundi fishery. This experience has given him the opportunity to meet and fish with many capable and experienced anglers, picking up tips and techniques along the way, honing his own skills as a lure fisherman.
Soon after meeting Australian fsihing legend and IGFA hall of famer, the late Jack Erskine, he has was invited to become a member of Jack’s Pro Team. Jack and Lindsay travelled to the Top End on a number of occasions and experienced some fantastic times fishing some wild rivers with fellow Pro Team member and Top End big-barra legend, the late Col Cordingly. Whilst Lindsay will always be passionate about fishing the flooded forests of Lake Proserpine, the NT’s Daly River has become another of Lindsay’s favourite fishing destinations.
Fishing Shows and Magazine Recognition
Lindsay has featured on most major fishing television shows in Australia. A career, highlight was guiding Rex Hunt onto a metre-plus barra for his final show. He has also featured in numerous fishing magazine articles in the past decade.
Lindsay regards tournament fishing as a great learning curve and looks forward to any opportunity to test his skills against Australia’s top tournament barra fishermen and women.