Alex's Fishing Report 9 March 2017
Not surprisingly, there’s a lot of secrecy amongst the Darwin angling fraternity at the moment.
As river, and specific areas in river systems, begin to fire, anglers getting into hot action are keeping quiet; that is, at least until they have caught their share and either will not be revisiting or the fish have gone off the bite at the “secret” spot.
A master of secrecy is Stewie Martin.
Even when he posts great catches on Face Book, your are left with no inkling of where the action took place.
Today I’m publishing two of his images from an amazing trip last week, and I’m still not certain where he caught these great barra.
This is what Stewie had to say: “Had a cracking birthday fishing trip earlier this week, experiencing the most insane barra fishing with good mates Rolf Hallenstein and Rhys Konig.
“We caught and released over 110 barra in two and a half days, with 37 fish over 90cm, all caught casting!
“We had two triple hook-ups and seven double hook-ups on 90cm-plus fish, with incredibly frantic bite windows.
“Most fish were caught on the ever-reliable green 16A Bombers, with the 15A suspending Bomber also producing some great fish.
“For the first time I saw big barra leaping out of the water like tuna as they chased down our Bomber lures twitched on the surface,” Stewie said.
From the photos, it’s pretty obvious that this great fishing took place somewhere along the Top End coast… but just where, Stewie is not saying.
Old mate George Moussa had a bit of a sneaky session late last week.
However, he’s happy to confide as his future fishing plans are for other destinations.
George was happy to send me an email describing his trip:
“With all the rains about and some rivers dropping, a good friend of mine, Ben McGuffie called to see if I wanted to do a quick day trip out to the South Alligator for a look.
After a quick visit to Craig's Fishing Warehouse for some leader, we were off.
When we arrived at the South, it was still running out, but with the amount of fresh coming down launching was no issue.
Soon we were on the plane heading up towards Nourlangie Creek.
Along the way, we were both amazed at all the creek drains pumping into the main river.
We pushed up as far as we could get the boat to have a good look around, and noticed truck loads of bait and juvenile barra in the grasses.
It should be good fishing for a year or two I would imagine.
We waited for the incoming tide to slow the deluge of water ripping down Nourlangie.
Unless you are experienced and have a suitable boat, I wouldn't advise going up Nourlangie when it is running hard.
There is a huge rock-bar up the creek and it was like white-water rafting at times.
Ben is an experienced guide and, when not catching barra, you will find him guiding punters to big jew and goldies on Arafura Bluewater Charters.
With Ben at the helm, we had no issue heading up the creek.
As the tide started to affect the flow coming out, and water began clearing up, the fish came on.
The average size was 65cm but there were a few bigger fish amongst them in the 80s to 90s.
I must mention that one of Benno’s mates hooked a metre plus but I didn't get to grab a pic.
We landed well over 40 barra for our boat with 79cm being the biggest put in the net.
All the barra were green and swampy but in very good condition, and they fought very hard in tight country and fast water.
It was great day out with a great mate. How can ya beat it?”
It certainly was a great day’s fishing, and not surprising given all the barra released from the Nourlangie Billabongs, as I reported a couple of weeks ago.
The same thing is occurring on all our big river systems: many thousands of barramundi have been and are continuing to be liberated thanks to the consistent long period of flooding.
I reckon that, if you don’t catch a fish this runoff, you’re not trying.
George Moussa fished the South Alligator River with Ben McGuffie and got stuck into a cricket score catch of barra.
Stewie Martin (left) and Rhys Konig with a brace of Silver 90cm-plus barra from the coast somewhere.
Stewie Martin fished with Rolf Hallenstein and Rhys Konig at a secret coastal location, catching many big barra on green Bombers.