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Fishing With Alex Julius 13/02/2019

15th Feb 19

Without delving too much into the missing-in-action wet season, and the forecast for bright, sunny days over the next week, I am happy to report some great barra fishing around the traps of late.
The top of the South Alligator River has been going well, and even better on the last set of neap tides, which means this weekend could be perfect.
There is still... (more)

FISHING With Alex Julius 31/01/2019

31st Jan 19

If there’s one pair of anglers who know how to catch barra, it’s the father-and-son team known as The Dickos.
Michael Dickinson – aka Dicko –  has been catching lots of barra, and plenty of big ones, for at least the last 25 years that I can remember.
He’s a competitive bugger too; there’s not a barra tournament... (more)

Alex's Fishing Report 25/1/19

25th Jan 19

There’s no choice but to talk about the weather this week; that’s because finally we’re getting some.
It’s only a weak monsoon trough, but it is a monsoon at last.
According to Bureau of Metreology (BOM) records, the latest onset of the monsoon over Darwin was 25 January 1973, so we were just two days off matching that and three... (more)

FISHING With Alex Julius

16th Jan 19

I’m not going to bang on about the weather – or lack of a wet season – this week, except that it’s not looking good.
According to the Bureau of Metreology, the North Australia Monsoon is not expected for at least another week.
Basically, you can plan to go fishing this weekend.
On a different note, let me tell you about the best... (more)

FISHING With Alex Julius

12th Jan 19

It’s good to see another BetEasy red tag go off in the current Season 4 of Million Dollar Fish (MDF).
Once again, the fish worth $10,000 was caught by a local angler: Travis Stevens.
It’s amazing that during the nearly four years that Million Dollar Fish has been running, not one single tagged barra has been caught by a genuine fishing tourist;... (more)

FISHING With Alex Julius

4th Jan 19

Motoring along the Adelaide River earlier this week, it was hard not think a monsoon trough had finally descended upon us.
We’d nailed a few barra up to 70cm, so the trip had been worthwhile, but the rain smashed us on the way home.
It was torrential and big drops drove into our faces like nails as my boat skipped across river chop towards the boat... (more)

FISHING With Alex Julius

17th Dec 18

It looks like we’re in for a dry Christmas and New Year, so this week I thought we’d just look at some fishing options.
On top of the dry conditions is the forecast for light winds over the festive break, so you can pretty well plan trips that will likely happen.
As it turns out, Christmas Day is the peak spring tide of the set, so all days... (more)

FISHING With Alex Julius

9th Dec 18

Conditions weren’t perfect when we headed out to sea last week for three days of hopefully bluewater fishing mayhem.
It was daybreak and the westerly winds were already gusting to more than 40kph, with waves frothing at more than a metre high.
Fortunately, we had a real weapon on our side: the 16m Wai Nawana which revels in adverse sea conditions.... (more)

FISHING With Alex Julius

7th Dec 18

The Top End wet season arriving before Christmas is generally unlikely.
I can’t say for sure but it seems to me that we’ve had a pretty ordinary build-up to date.
I can gauge that just by the amount of times the power goes off out here at Howard Springs – it’s been pretty good this year, and that’s simply because of lack of... (more)

FISHING With Alex Julius

30th Nov 18

Hands up if you’ve never fished Buffalo Creek before.
I doubt there’s an angler in Darwin who hasn’t chucked a lure from the sand into a ch7urning incoming tide in Buffalo Creek.
It’s interesting that I haven’t heard much happening at Buffalo Creek this year.
It can’t be because no one has been chasing barra there?
Always... (more)

FISHING With Alex Julius

29th Nov 18

Hands up if you’ve never fished Buffalo Creek before.
I doubt there’s an angler in Darwin who hasn’t chucked a lure from the sand into a ch7urning incoming tide in Buffalo Creek.
It’s interesting that I haven’t heard much happening at Buffalo Creek this year.
It can’t be because no one has been chasing barra there?
Always... (more)

FISHING With Alex Julius

21st Nov 18

Is barra fishing in Darwin Harbour tough at the moment, or is it just me?
I’ve spent three days over the last fortnight: two days in West Arm and one day in Little West Arm, and you could count the barra we caught each time on one hand.
What’s more, only one or two were legal size per fishing trip.
Admittedly, we tagged and released a barra... (more)

FISHING With Alex Julius

14th Nov 18

Million Dollar Fish Season 4 is now into its seventh week, and clearly it’s not following the pattern of the three previous seasons.
The reason is that only three BetEasy tagged barra have been caught this season whereas, in the three previous seasons, there were 10, 9 and 14 barra caught respectively, and most came in the first six weeks.
I asked... (more)

FISHING With Alex Julius

7th Nov 18

There have been both positive and negative updates on the five Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) which have been placed at Fenton Patches, North Gutter and wide of Dundee Beach.
The positive news is that significant schools of baitfish have been congregating around them, and pelagic predators have moved in looking for an easy feed.
In other words, they are... (more)

FISHING With Alex Julius

26th Oct 18

Glassed-out sea conditions and two great fishing options made for a memorable NT Billfish Classic held over three days late last week.
Although not co-ordinating the tournament this year, Billfish Classic stalwart, old mate Peter Dienhoff was right across this year’s tournament which is hosted by Darwin Game Fishing Club.
“The Classic only... (more)

FISHING With Alex Julius

18th Oct 18

I know I wrote about it a couple of weeks ago, but it’s probably worth revisiting the Corroboree Park Challenge which is scheduled to commence late tomorrow and continue over the weekend.
This is actually one of the Top End’s oldest fishing competitions, and it’s a beauty because it’s so family-oriented.
Hosted by the Palmerston... (more)

FISHING With Alex Julius

11th Oct 18

The Top End Barra Series (TEBS) is nearing its end for the year following the penultimate round held on Darwin Harbour late last month.
According to TEBS co-ordinator, Ross Abraham, the harbour round is usually a challenging event to organise.
“Co-ordinating the better tides with an appropriate weekend in the latter part of the year does not work... (more)

FISHING With Alex Julius

3rd Oct 18

The last major barra competition for the year, Corroboree Park Challenge, takes place from 5.00pm Friday 19 October to 5.00pm the following Sunday.
This year there are some interesting changes in the scoring system.
Whereas previously the winner was the angler who caught the biggest barra by length, this year the winner will be judged by the total length... (more)

FISHING With Alex Julius

27th Sep 18

Holy snapping barra poop!
Million Dollar Fish Season 4 has just been catapulted into one of the biggest fishing competitions ever held in the world …if the not biggest which I truly suspect.
As you would have seen up the front of today’s paper, instead of one $1 million dollar barra, this Season 4 will have five barra each carrying a tag worth... (more)