Keen fisher takes sport to extreme

SOLID CORE: Fishermen don’t get much more hardcore than Ben Barrie, who kayaks out to sea for fish.
SOLID CORE: Fishermen don’t get much more hardcore than Ben Barrie, who kayaks out to sea for fish.

BEN Barrie is the Tweed's most extreme fisherman.

He paddles kilometres out to sea under his own power in a 15ft kayak in pursuit of only the biggest, baddest fish.

Cobia, mackerel, king fish, marlin and golden trevally are just a few large species he has landed over the years.

With more than 20 years experience under his belt, he has some wild stories from the deep blue yonder.

"I saw some older guys paddling out to Cook Island of Fingal when I was in my late teens. They were talking it up so within a month I had got a job and bought myself my first kayak," Mr Barrie said.

"I used to fish in the river but got bored of that pretty quickly."

Armed with only a rod, gaff, hat, sunscreen and an apple, he paddles off the beach at Snapper Rocks, Palm Beach or Fingal to get himself a feed.

"Sometimes I have had to lie sideways across the kayak to stop it rolling over while line goes out the back at a hundred miles an hour."

It was where it all started, at Fingal's Cook Island, that Mr Barrie and a friend had their scariest experience.

"I had caught a load of king fish and was about to head in when I saw a little shark and thought, isn't he cute.

"Another and another shark appeared and a feeding frenzy began all around us.

"I just sat still and tried to paddle very slowly away from it - that's when it appeared."

"It" refers to the largest of apex ocean predators, a great white shark.

"It came up beside the kayak and turned on its side, staring me in the face with its eye that was the size of the bottom of a tallie beer bottle," Mr Barrie said, with the image still clearly vivid in his memory bank.

"At that point you just know you are helpless and this huge creature, that must have been near 20ft long, could crack you and the kayak in half like a peanut."

Despite this, Mr Barrie is dead against shark nets.

"I rescue marine life from the nets all the time - turtles, manta ray, large fish and even sharks."

Topics:  extreme sport fishing

Casuarina Beach Rugby Club to launch senior side in 2017

BIG NAMES: Adam Wallace-Harrison and former Waratah  Adam Leach are ready to launch Casuarina senior rugby.

Green light to go for Casuarina senior rugby

Girl guides gather

The group of ladies meet every year to remember their time as Girl Guides.

Girl Guides from the past reunite.

Dann died 'doing what he loved'

Dann Jenkins was killed in a crash yesterday morning.

Tribute to much-loved 22-year-old Dann Jenkins, who died yesterday

Local Partners

Steve Irwin's final days through dad's eyes

Bob Irwin with his son Steve.

'You never expect that’s the last time you’re going to see your son'

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Cliff Richard doesn't need Rod Stewart's help with legal bills

Sir Cliff Richard

"'Don't worry, I'm loaded. I won't keep you to it.' "

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals