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.
The Wai Nawana is the pride of the fleet of four great Arafura Bluewater Charters boats operated by old mate Steve Compain.
Steve has been plying coastal... (more)
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 at this steamy, build-up time of year, there is great fishing available at our handy northern suburbs mangrove waterway.
More importantly, the statistics... (more)
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 in West Arm for Million Dollar Fish.
This was a purple “charity tag”, one of three I was given by BetEasy’s Brad Fanning.
These tags aren’t... (more)
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 MDF official tagger, Bill Sawynok, why he thought there were far fewer tagged barra caught so far this season.
“It’s probably because we... (more)
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 doing their job of aggregating fish.
The negative news is that one of the Fenton Patches FADs has gone missing and the other FAD on Fenton has been... (more)