This last week has been an interesting exercise for me as I was able to fish for barra in both salt water and freshwater.
Three days staying at the delightful Crab Claw Island Resort in Bynoe Harbour gave me the opportunity to try a number of different locations on changing sets of tides.
Early-to-mid August is never the best time of year to chase barra in the salt or the fresh but, as I always advocate, they still have to eat.
My Bynoe Harbour stint coincided with the tides moving from late neaps to... (more)
The blockbuster NAFA 35 is now on sale Australia-wide. Perhaps our best issue ever,
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This blockbuster edition features talented Top End angler, Crystal Neal, on the cover with a big Nourlangie Creek Rock-bar barra, a huge NT Section and just amazing features and images all the way through from all of this great fishing country. Flip it over and there’s another mag: NAFA’s OUTDOORS 4WD Travel & Hunting. This great mag is in newsagents Aus-wide and... (more)
I’m just back from a fabulous PNG fishing trip aboard the luxury mothership K20.
There were nine of us and we fished the Fly River, starting practically on the border of Irian Jaya.
Everything went like clockwork, and the fishing was pretty damn good.
We caught about an equal number of black bass and barra (nearly 300), although everyone got dusted many times by brutal big bass in the snags. But plenty of great ones were still landed.
The size of the barra surprised me: the majority were high 80s... (more)
Last week, I was on a bit of an assignment, covering a day’s heli-fishing with the company called that very name: Helifish.
It involved quite a few anglers, travelling south-west from Darwin in not one, not two, but three helicopters.
As we crossed over the Daly River mouth and flew past the red cliffs of Anson Bay, I was reminded of that great Vietnam War movie, Apocalypse Now, which has an unforgettable scene depicting US choppers roaring down the coast to assault a North Vietnamese-controlled... (more)
If you’re up to date with the Darwin barra fishing scene, you might be wondering whether you should be targeting a big fish or a Million Dollar Fish, because both are readily available right now.
As far as the money barra are concerned, it seems two more were caught in quick succession last week.
The first came from Manton Dam and was caught by Michael Bullock on a solo fishing trip to his favourite location. It measured 83cm.
“It was the only fish I caught all night,” Michael said.... (more)