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 late 2016 and thrived in the subsequent long and major wet season.
Last week I wrote about the tens and tens of thousands of puppy dog barra at Four... (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 to refer to the billfish grounds as simply “wide of Point Blaze”.
However, it wasn’t until the last decade that the area has really blossomed... (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 it to reopen.”
Four Mile Hole is a very special lagoon on the Wildman River system, and I first brought attention to the pending salvinia infestation... (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 of juvenile barra into our Top End waterways.
It all started last September when we had great early build-up rains.
September is generally regarded... (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 an on-water party right on the go, as they are at catching their five barras that will be eligible to enter.
The third round this year was just held... (more)