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)
Glassed-out sea conditions and two great fishing options made for a memorable NT Billfish Classic held over three days late last week.
Although not co-ordinating the tournament this year, Billfish Classic stalwart, old mate Peter Dienhoff was right across this year’s tournament which is hosted by Darwin Game Fishing Club.
“The Classic only targets billfish – namely sailfish and marlin – and this year there were $10,000 in cash plus prizes up for grabs,” Peter explained.... (more)
I know I wrote about it a couple of weeks ago, but it’s probably worth revisiting the Corroboree Park Challenge which is scheduled to commence late tomorrow and continue over the weekend.
This is actually one of the Top End’s oldest fishing competitions, and it’s a beauty because it’s so family-oriented.
Hosted by the Palmerston Game Fishing Club from the top Corroboree Park Tavern venue, competitors can fish anywhere east of the tavern, so that brings into play four river systems... (more)