Alex's Fishing Report 2 June 2016
After a pretty ordinary wet season and a well-less-than-average run-off, could it be that we are finally getting a more-normal dry season?
Thanks to a high pressure system floating across the Great Australian Bight, the easterlies have started, so that does point to a critical feature of any Top End dry season.
But then, how do you account for the regular nightly rainfall we experienced of late; or the sticky, mildly-hot daytime temperatures also of late?
It’s certainly been a weird first half to the year, and the fishing has been fairly weird as a result.
Look at the barra fishing down the Daly, for example: two great tournaments with some of the finest barra anglers in the country competing… and yet the fishing was abysmal.
Sure, there was a bunch of metreys caught in the Barra Nationals, and yes the Barra Classic produced good numbers of fish on a couple of days, but the overall results were not good.
Ironically, this was despite the Daly River receiving quite a good wet season.
Notwithstanding, the “dry” season we’re having at the moment might just get a few saltwater barra biting locally in good old Darwin Harbour.
This weekend, we’re coming off a typical set of neap tides, and moving quickly into bigger springs.
Combined with the unseasonally warmer weather, that’s a recipe for excellent barra fishing in the harbour this weekend.
The fact that there’s bugger all moon over the weekend I believe adds to the prospects of encountering hungry, feeding barra.
Sunday is probably the best tide with a 2.2m low at 12.14pm.
You won’t need to launch at your favourite harbour ramp until about 7.30am, then head for either East Arm, Middle Arm or West Arm.
With the falling tide, fish on and around the flats, keeping an eye open for barra and for bait.
Work any gutters, especially where there is bait.
You can cast small, shallow-running hard bodies like Classic Just Unders, Tiger Lily Bombers in 15A size, small Reidy’s B52s and the Reidy’s shallow Little Lucifer.
In soft plastics, try the smallest Squidgy Slick Rigs in white or purple, Zerek Cherabins in white or Zerek Flat Shads in white also.
If you catch some fish on the falling tide, you’ll probably find the fishing will go quiet around dead low.
However, when the tide picks up and the current increase, go hard again, in particular where you caught fish on the falling tide.
Remember your bag limit of five barra in the harbour with a 55cm minimum size.
Jeremy Hooper banged three barra off the beach at Mandorah, including this ripper 87cm fish.
Kiannah Bryant, 6, caught her 93cm solid barra on the Victoria River.
It’s no secret that Matt Secrett can fish – pictured here with a ripper Dundee golden snapper.
Nathan Corpus landed his magnificent 120cm barra down the Daly River.