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5th Dec 19

Alex's Fishing Column 5 December 2019

Today is a three-tide day and, as always seems to be the case on these occasions, there are two low tides and one high tide, and there’s hardly a metre difference between top and low.
These tides are basically in the middle of an average phase of neap tides, and this weekend the tides are still very much neaps.

Depending on where you are fishing, if barramundi is the target, tides like this can be either great or ordinary.

In Darwin Harbour, for example, catching a barra will be tough; harbour... (more)

28th Nov 19

Alex's Fishing Column 28 November 2019

It seems weird to be writing that I just returned from a barra fishing trip in PNG.
I mean, why would you fly to Cairns, then fly to Port Moresby in PNG, and then drive for several hours over the worst road I’ve ever been on?

Ostensibly, this was supposed to be a black bass trip, but our destination – Terapo Lodge – is better known for the number and size of big barra it produces.

Catches of 130cm-plus barra are quite the norm when the estuary maze accessed by Sport Fishing PNG from... (more)

21st Nov 19

Alex's Fishing Column 21 November 2019

I do fancy the tides this weekend for a shot at a quality saltwater barra or two.
For starters, you could certainly do worse than plan a foray to one of the many great spots in the Shoal Bay system.
There’ve been plenty of reports of quality barra from the famous Shoal Bay Rock.
However, the huge sandbar that has formed in recent years and nearly reaches the base of The Rock has altered how this iconic spot fishes.
In the old days, it fished well for barra for the last half of the falling tide and... (more)

14th Nov 19

Alex's Fishing Column 14 November 2019

We’re now into Season 5 of Million Dollar Fish (MDF), and it’s interesting that there have only been two tagged barra caught that were worth $10,000 each: one from Manton Dam caught by Greg Fry and one from the McArthur River caught by Jamie McGuiness.
Neither location has produced a red-tagged barra before, but even more interesting is that there have been six recaptures of MDF fish since 1 October when Season 5 commenced, and all of these barra were Season 4 tagged fish.
I spoke with Info-fish’s... (more)

7th Nov 19

Alex's Fishing Column 7 November 2019

It was one of those special Top End October days when waters offshore were so smooth you could ski across them.
Plus you couldn’t pick a better location to scout the local seas: offshore from Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge which sits proudly near the entrance to Port Essington in the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park.
The park encompasses the entire Cobourg Peninsula and the Lodge is accessible only by sea or air, the latter just a 40 minute light aircraft flight from Darwin.
There are several... (more)

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