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3rd Apr 20

Alex's Fishing Column 2 April 2020

It’s been another topsy-turvy week, but at least some nice fish have been caught.
Shady Camp down at the mouth and along the coast produced some ripper barra before the roadblock at the Bark Hut.
There are different stories doing the rounds about that one.
It seems the roadblock was to support the closure of Kakadu National Park, and prevent people from driving on the Old Jim Jim Road to Cooinda and beyond.
At time of writing, the Bark Hut roadblock was still in place – or so I’m told... (more)

26th Mar 20

Alex's Fishing Column 26 March 2020

There’s not really much else I should write about this week except for the impact of Coronavirus on fishing.
Currently in the Territory, we are still allowed to go fishing, even though at this time it is deemed a non-essential activity.
However, the 1.5 metre social distancing rule applies and people are encouraged to fish by themselves or only with family or their household.
According to AFANT CEO, David Ciaravolo: “In order to do our part in preventing the spread of Coronavirus and to support... (more)

20th Mar 20

Alex's Fishing Column 19 March 2020

I’ve done some heli-fishing trips in my time, but the latest one last weekend would rate as one of the best.
It was with the company of the same name, Helifish, and our pilot Bazza was a winner right from the pre-flight briefing.
There were five of us on the big Helifish Long Ranger chopper, but there was more than enough room, including for one-piece barra rods up the middle.
It was interesting hearing from Bazza that last year, even though there was no real wet season and subsequent Runoff, the... (more)

13th Mar 20

Alex's Fishing Column 12 March 2020

It seems last weekend’s first round of the Top End Barra Series (TEBS) on the Daly River was a winner for many competitors.
The Daly dropped quite quickly late last week and that set the scene for some quality sessions.
Normally, the first round of the year is at Shady Camp.
According to TEBS co-ordinator, Rossco, the primary reason for this swap was to avoid clashing with the three other competitions held on the Daly between April and May.
“In the fortnight before this first round, substantial... (more)

6th Mar 20

Alex's Fishing Column 5 March 2020

Round 1 of the Top End Barra Series (TEBS) gets under way this weekend, and for the first time, the competition will kick off at the Daly River instead of Shady Camp.
TEBS has been going for several years now, and takes place on six different waterways over six rounds.
Fishing is always from 6.00am Saturday to 6.00pm Sunday.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens down the Daly River this weekend.
The river level was about 8m above the crossing mid-week and was steady.
All recent reports indicate... (more)

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