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Can you imagine the result if a billfish tournament had been held down at Dundee at some time in the last couple of months?
I stand to be corrected, but I think the most number of billfish ever caught in a Darwin billfish tournament was 22 over three days, and that was last November in the Billfish Classic.
I reckon there would have been at least 10 times... (more)
Fishing tourism in the Top End is set to get another great boost with the commencement of Million Dollar Fish season three.
Registrations opened on 14 July but the actual fishing competition doesn’t commence until 1 October and continues until 28 February next year.
As with last season, there will be 100 barra tagged which will each be worth $10,000... (more)
It’s a cliché, I know, but when I attend the annual Australian Fishing Trade Show on the Gold Coast I am very much the proverbial “kid in the candy shop”.
This year has been no different, except perhaps that there was even more candy for Top End anglers than in previous years.
In the lure department, it was mainly about soft plastics,... (more)
The next NAFA No 33 is now on sale and has a dedicated 87 page Fishing Territory section, an increase of more than 50% on previous issues.
This includes a feature on multi-barra-tournament Champion Angler, Shane Compain, who reveals the secrets to his barra fishing success. There is even more NT content in the major Boating Section and in the flip-over... (more)
This year seems to be the year of phenomena in respect of the Top End fishing scene.
First, we’ve experienced – and continue to experience – perhaps the biggest recruitment of juvenile barramundi in living memory.
Every river and every billabong across the Top End seems to be chockers with baby barra which came from the spawning run of... (more)
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote up how Four Mile Hole in Kakadu National Park would reopen in 2017 after being closed for the whole of 2016 due to 95% inundation by the noxious aquatic plant salvinia.
Thanks to the record wet season of 2016-17, most of the salvinia had been flushed down and away from Four Mile Hole, most likely into the tidal reaches of... (more)
There’s been some great billfish action wide of Dundee of late.
The Dundee billfish grounds were first discovered in the early 1980s by members of the then fledgling Darwin Game Fishing Club.
Of course, in those days, there was no Dundee Beach; that name came from the extensive subdivision and development of the old Finniss River Station.
We used... (more)
It was almost 12 months ago to the day that I wrote in this column:
“Four Mile Hole in Kakadu National Park will not be opened this year due to massive infestation with the floating aquatic weed: salvinia.
“Apparently, 95% of this iconic lagoon is covered; and although the closure is deemed temporary, don’t hold your breath waiting for... (more)
If you want to be reminded just how great the wet season was, just go fishing on any of our big rivers or freshwater lagoons.
Without exception it seems, all these systems are chockers with baby barra, or “rats” as they are often referred to.
What has happened is an outstanding example of all the ducks lining up in a row to create a super recruitment... (more)
The Top End Barra Series (TEBS) continues to power across our iconic barra waters.
This now well-established competition has six rounds a year, nearly always on different waters.
Always held over a weekend, the camaraderie of TEBS is second to none: teams seem as interested in rafting up overnight with sometimes more than a dozen boats side by side, with... (more)
There’s no questioning that we are now well into the dry season, and it looks like being a windy one at that.
The last two weekends have been plagued by strong winds, at times gusting to more than 40kmh.
That made it difficult – or at least a tad uncomfortable – to fish offshore.
The news is that it won’t be much different this coming... (more)
With 309 barramundi, 415 saratoga, 115 catfish and a staggering 1041 tarpon caught by 18 teams of two in last weekend’s Territory Freshwater Fly Fishing Open, there must have been a lot of long, bent rods over the two days.
Hosted by Darwin Flyrodders from the usual Corroboree Park Tavern venue, and held on Corroboree Billabong, this was one of... (more)
There’ll be a lot of swishing and swashing on Corroboree Billabong this weekend.
That’s because 18 teams of two anglers will be competing in the annual Territory Freshwater Fly Fishing Open.
Hosted by the Darwin Flyrodders, the event will commence with the briefing at the Corroboree Park Tavern venue on Friday night and then there’ll... (more)
Last weekend was yet another one of intense competition on the water with two separate events taking place: round two of the Top End Barra Series down the Daly River and Girls Gone Fishin’ at the Finniss River.
According to TEBS co-ordinator Ross Abraham, the Daly is stacked to the brim with juvenile barra and it would be safe to say that there... (more)
Cameron Briscoe was one excited angler when he received a call from his old mate Shane Compain just the night before orientation day for last week’s Barra Classic, asking if he could be a late fill-in in the Top End Tackle World team.
“I had to get permission from my boss at work before I could commit, and then from my main boss, the Missus,”... (more)
It was an eye-opener to fish Corroboree Billabong for a couple of days early this week.
Water levels along the iconic lagoon were as high as you might expect after such a boomer, prolonged wet season.
The water had a beautiful dark-chocolate hue to it, and it was incredibly clear, clearer than I’ve seen it in years.
During the course of the year,... (more)
There’s no doubt that we’ve had a much better runoff than the last three years.
However, I don’t think it reached its full potential simply because there was just so much rain over so long a period.
I never thought I would be writing this but, just when all the rivers were flooded nicely back at the end of February, and levels began to... (more)
Just how many moods does the Top End’s iconic Daly River have?
I’ve been fishing the Daly since 1979, often in the early days for 10 or more extended trips in one year.
I’ve been down there in picture-perfect runoff conditions with squillions of barra fighting over your lures at the feeder creek mouths.
I’ve been down there in chilly... (more)
The iconic Club Marine Insurance Barra Nationals gets under way on tomorrow when 62 teams of three hit the water for the official Orientation Day, followed by five full days of competition.
Hosted by the Palmerston Game Fishing Club, this will be the 22nd annual Barra Nationals, and once again it will be held on the treacherous yet beautiful Daly River.... (more)
Last week’s annual Aurora Kakadu Klash surprised a few competitors with the sheer number and size of barra in the river.
There were six barra over a metre caught and quite a few more in the 90s hit the deck in the three days of competition.
Two of those metreys were landed by Team Tackle World Revos, skippered by “Mr Ever Consistent”,... (more)
We are about to find out exactly how good the fishing is at the South Alligator River.
The reason is that the annual Aurora Kakadu Klash kicks off today, and no less than 40 teams will be plying the big river’s waters for three full days.
This is the first barramundi tournament of the Territory Grand Slam and, for many, it is their favourite.
It didn’t surprise me that the majority of anglers did it tough during the first round of the Top End Barra Series (TEBS) held last weekend from Shady Camp.
I was there last Thursday with Brad Woollams and Rocky Edwards, and it was a slow day for us, and for many others we spoke to.
We were one of a few boats with just one barra, whilst most others... (more)
If you’re looking for a runoff barra fish this weekend, the monsoon just to our north will continue to move away and the storms will begin dissipating.
According to Zuzanna Palej of the Darwin Bureau of Metreology, we can expect to have the usual afternoon showers over the next few weeks, as this has been a good wet season, but the weak monsoon... (more)