I just found out watching an episode of Bill Dance Outdoors that you can catch a Barramundi that is indigenous to Australia right here in Osceola County at a private pond operated by Osceola Outback Adventures. Who knew? The Barramundi looks a lot like an American Snook but has a tail like a Grouper. It’s definitely an interesting looking fish. In Australia, they’re revered as a sport fish that grow to be over 100 pounds and mouth watering table fare.
An investor imported these fish to sell in groceries around the U.S. and decided to charge anglers for fishing in his fish farm and subsidize his income. When I first found out about this all I could think about was a Barra what, but then I got to thinkin and figured you usually have fly 14 hours and drive several hours to catch exotic species of fish. Here you just gotta drive a short distance to catch these things. It’s not too bad. I then got hold of the price tag of $800 for 4 hours of fishing and will be putting this adventure off for a while. Currently the Barramundi in this pond range from 10 to 15 pounds but are estimated to be 20 to 25 next year.
related links: Barramundi Recipes
Barramuni on Chew on This