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Alex's Fishing Report 1 September 2016

Some life has been breathed into the Top End fishing scene, and it’s happened both on inland freshwater and Darwin coastal waters.
Some great news is that Corroboree Lagoon is actually fishing quite well for quality barra.
Roger Sinclair has been spending some time plying the waters of this iconic lagoon, and has been catching fish on every trip.
“I’ve found trolling weedless ZMan Swimmerz in the four inch size to be particularly effective,” Roger told me.
“But you have to drop in and out of gear and work along the contours adjacent to the narrower sections of lilies.
“Small, shallow minnows have also been producing,” Roger said.
Grant Hatcher from Fishing and Outdoor World also shed some light on Corroboree.
People staying on the houseboats and putting the hours in have been catching one or two nice barra up to 82cm,” Grant said.
Starting on Friday week at Corroboree is the annual two-day Secret Women’s Business Barra Challenge.
Hosted by the Palmerston Game Fishing Club, and held from the Corroboree Park Tavern venue, this all-female tournament is a taken very seriously by many of the competitors.
Hopefully the improved fishing at Corroboree continues to improve.
Also kicking off on Friday week is the annual Darwin Fly Rodders Saltwater Challenge.
This gruelling event is held over three days in Bynoe Harbour, and each year there are a lot of species and a lot of fish caught.
The “swoffers” pick neap tides at Bynoe, mainly for water clarity and better conditions for pelagic species.
For barra, ideally spring tides are best at Bynoe, and in Darwin Harbour of course.
That’s what we’ve got this weekend: beaut low tides around 1.30-2.00pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
There’s been a bit of rain about, which is as the Bureau of Metreology predicted in the run up to the build-up.
The rain hasn’t been in Darwin so much as out on the ‘bongs and big rivers, but it’s symptomatic of the weather events taking place this year.
As written before, the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is in negative mode and that means increased rainfall across the Top End from now until the end of November at least.
A potential La Nina cooling of the Pacific Ocean is also on the cards and that would lead to a bumper wet season… bring it on!
Regarding the local blue-water scene, I’ve heard some great reports.
Steve Compain from Arafura Blue Water Charters told me the jewies have been going ballistic on some offshore grounds, and there’ve been some solid golden snapper amongst them.
However, you don’t have to travel further than Lee Point for a chance to experience some top blue-water action.
Fishing guide Chris Hurt has been getting amongst queenies, mackerel, tuna and trevally near Lee Point.
That was on the latest neap tides, so it could be different on the springs this weekend, but may just be worth a shot just the same.
Finally, Top End Tackle World’s Shane Compain has been up to his old tricks of sneaking around and finding big barra when no one else can.
His latest foray has been to a secret freshwater lagoon, fishing at night with a specific technique: trolling shallow-swimming Strada lures with his electric Minn Kota on auto pilot.
It makes for some relaxing fishing, but has also produced barra to 106cm.


Jessica Stevens caught this 67cm Corroboree barra fishing with her Uncle Roger Sinclair.Jessica Stevens caught this 67cm Corroboree barra fishing with her Uncle Roger Sinclair.

Shane Compain shouted his mate Peter James this 106cm barra electric outboard trolling at night on the freshwater.Shane Compain shouted his mate Peter James this 106cm barra electric outboard trolling at night on the freshwater.