The old adage “he was like a kid in a candy shop” certainly applied to me last week down at the annual Australian Fishing Trade Show on the Gold Coast.
This is the industry show where Australian fishing tackle manufacturers, importers and distributors set up elaborate stands to present their wares to fishing tackle retailers.
At each show, the retailers and fishing media – including yours truly – vote on various categories of fishing-related products and Best of Show awards are... (more)
After a dry season with favourable breezes for much of the time, we’ve had a fair bit of windy weather over the past month, and it’s only been getting stronger this past week.
It’s not only reduced the options for the smaller-tinny brigade but it’s also stopped the bigger trailer boats from heading offshore for full day trips.
Of course, as I’ve written many times, one of the great things about fishing in the Top End is that, when the winds are blowing, you can always go... (more)
In Top End fishing circles, there’s been a fair bit of chat about sharks in recent times.
Many believe there are more sharks around now than ever before, and there has even been discussion about the risk of shark attack.
All of a sudden, our world-famous “legitimate” man-eater, the saltwater crocodile, is taking second fiddle.
Given the choice, I’d rather swim with a shark than a crocodile any day, and that includes big tiger sharks.
For the record, tiger sharks – and dozens... (more)
Last week I made my annual pilgrimage to Four Mile Hole in Kakadu National Park.
I’ll get onto the fishing later in the column but firstly I wanted to report on something I found absolutely amazing: the almost total eradication of the noxious floating aquatic plant – salvinia.
Frankly, it blew me away; there were snags that we fished that for years you couldn’t get a lure to.
If you’re a regular reader of this column, then you’ll probably guess why the dreaded salvinia disappeared... (more)
It’s been a while between rounds but number three round of the Top End Barra Series (TEBS) took place last weekend.
The fishing grounds for this round were any Mary River billabong, so competitors had four to choose from: Mary River Bridge Lagoon, Hardies Lagoon, Corroboree Billabong and Shady Camp Freshwater Lagoon.
TEBS co-ordinator, Ross Abraham (Rossco), said great weather was predicted with light winds so the weekend looked good.
“Unfortunately, that was not so for most anglers,”... (more)