Given the state of this year’s wet season – or non-wet season – it was a pleasant surprise to receive the results of the first round of the Top End Barra Series (TEBS) which was held on the Mary River system and along the coast to Wildman River last weekend.
You can always expect a big turn-out for this inaugural TEBS round, so 130 competitors in more than 60 boats hardly turned a head.
TEBS coordinator, Glenn Dinwoodie, was over the moon: “Shady just keeps on producing, and... (more)
A couple of days spent down at the Daly River Barra Resort last week was time well spent.
With me were Steve Sarev and George Moussa, and yes, we too were gunning for a Million Dollar Fish.
That didn’t happen, but it was great to get a good look at the river for the first time this year.
The Daly has been going up and down like a yo-yo this last couple of months, and there haven’t been any first-class fishing reports to write home about, or at least to write about in this column.
The mid-week... (more)
As you read this, I’ll be spending my second day down the Daly River, lodged at the delightful Daly River Barra Resort.
It’s one of many great places to stay on the Daly; in fact, they’re all good really, and generally owned and operated by salt-of-the-earth types who are always up for a yarn and happy to help you out any way they can.
This trip was booked in at least six weeks ago; my crew of Steve Sarev and George Mousa should make it a lot of fun.
As you can imagine, I have been... (more)
I had intended not to write about the Million Dollar Fish promotion this week, but then Nathan Neave goes and catches his second $10,000 fish.
What are the odds of that?
Admittedly, it was caught in the same location in Darwin Harbour, which probably means both his tagged recaptures were released in that vicinity.
“I didn’t even think I would catch one of the fish let alone two,” Nathan said.
The 19 year old caught the 65cm barra while fishing with childhood friend, Joseph Puntoriero.... (more)
If the Law of Averages has any sway at all, the odds of the actual Million Dollar Fish being caught is now shorter than it’s ever been.
After Shaymus Frewen caught the eighth tagged barra worth $10,000 last Sunday, and with now only 67 similar-tagged fish and the sole seven-figure fish still at liberty, don’t be surprised if the big bucks go off.
I find it strange to write “don’t be surprised” because I’m still mightily surprised that so many of these tagged barra... (more)