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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)
Where to go chasing a hot barra bite is what many anglers are considering at the moment.
Barra seem to be biting like mad everywhere, but it’s still possible to miss out.
Luckily, my timing was pretty good last week when I arrived at Daly River Barra Resort the very afternoon that the Woolianna Road reopened after Cyclone Blanche slipped by.
It was... (more)
Not surprisingly, there’s a lot of secrecy amongst the Darwin angling fraternity at the moment.
As river, and specific areas in river systems, begin to fire, anglers getting into hot action are keeping quiet; that is, at least until they have caught their share and either will not be revisiting or the fish have gone off the bite at the “secret”... (more)
An epidemic of gargantuan proportions is spreading across the Top End angling scene: it’s called Barra Fever.
River levels are dropping everywhere and I’ve heard lots of reports of barra biting.
Perhaps the best report has been from the Finniss River where one party landed more than 20 barra around the metre mark.
The Adelaide too has been fishing... (more)
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With Cyclone Alfred fizzing out and heading away from the Top End rather than across it, we are now entering one of those windows in the wet season that I have written about before.
According to the Bureau of Metrology, conditions should be fairly dry for at least the next week; ie there is no active monsoon expected for the time being.
Mind you, as far... (more)
The new design Asari Bluewater Wind-on Leaders are designed with the Bluewater angler in mind. These longer length leaders come in poundages ranging from 100lb, through to 400lb and up to 7.5mts in length to cover most Bluewater fishing situations. With wind-on leaders, you can wind the leader through the rod and bring the fish is close to the boat... (more)
When it rains, it pours… that’s surely is what this wet season is all about.
Last week, I wrote: “Following the massive deluge across the western Top End mainly last weekend, all the big rivers within a day trip of Darwin are well and truly flooding.”
But much more rain was to follow, especially in the East and South Alligator... (more)
“We’re definitely going to have a March Runoff” were the prophetic words of Fishing and Outdoor World’s George Voukolos.
Following the massive deluge across the western Top End mainly last weekend, all the big rivers within a day trip of Darwin are well and truly flooding.
It’s interesting that Darwin and environs generally... (more)
Dometic has launched the new and improved Waeco CFX portable fridge range.
The CFX range of portable coolers revolutionised mobile living for campers when it was originally launched due to its powerful yet efficient cooling performance, designed for the harshest Australian conditions. Aligning with the new brand promise ”Mobile living... (more)
You couldn’t write a better script for this wet season and the potential of a great runoff… especially after two abysmal Wets and “that sucks” runoffs.
Once again, my favourite Daly River is powering through the wet season and getting more than its fair share of deluge.
The last two major Daly floods were a bit late in the season... (more)
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The latest Issue No 32 of the Australian blockbuster fishing and outdoors magazine, NAFA, has Australia-wide fishing coverage, as well as a “flip-over” NAFA’S OUTDOORS magazine with its own cover.
NAFA is published only twice a year and represents great value at $19.95 for such a big, high-gloss fishing and outdoors magazine.
There’s been some terrific widespread rain over the last week and it’s done the trick for all our major tidal rivers.
I heard Magela Creek was 1.2m over the road early this week and all three Noulangie Creek causeways on the Kakadu road were flowing right up to the top of their banks.
So both the East Alligator and the South Alligator Rivers... (more)
If there’s one thing that will get a kid to put his or her phone down for a minute, it’s a bent rod with a fish on the end of the line.
I’ve said and written many times before that fishing is one of the best activities that kids and teenagers can get into.
It teaches them all manner of skills, including such things as: problem solving,... (more)
It looks like it’s time to get all fired up again about chasing one of those lucrative red-tagged barra.
I find it interesting that there were six $10,000 fish caught in the first fortnight of the Million Dollar Fish (MDF) campaign last October, and then not one more until last weekend when Benjamin Kaart bagged his cash fish in Darwin River.