Darwin has a long history of artificial reefs.
It dates back to World War 2 and the bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942.
On that sad day, 242 Japanese aircraft attacked Darwin Harbour, sinking several US and Australian battleships and merchant vessels.
The harbour was littered with war wrecks and, for many years afterwards, some would poke out of the water during super-low tides.
In the early 1960s, as part of their reparation duties, the Japanese removed many of these ships bit by bit, leaving skeletal... (more)
It’s now officially the Build-up, that wonderful time of year when both ambient and water temperatures begin to increase, humidity claws upwards, easterly trade winds abate and barra line up for a feed.
The Build-up is one of the Top End’s two iconic barra fishing seasons, the other being the Run-off.
It heralds the transition from the cooler dry season months to the approaching wet season when, in a nutshell, everything warms up and starts getting wetter.
We notice it but, more importantly,... (more)
Competitors in the fourth round of the Top End Barra Series (TEBS) were in luck last weekend thanks to light winds and terrific weather.
According to TEBS co-ordinator, Ross Abraham, the good weather allowed people to travel right through the expansive Bynoe Harbour where the round was held.
“Competitors focused mainly around the lower sides of the tide, as this is the best time to target the barra on the flats and gutters,” Rossco said.
“The lack of wind meant that water clarity in... (more)
Overall, it would be hard to complain about the great weather we’ve had this dry season: endless cool nights with so many days of low humidity and just perfect temperatures.
Best of all, we’ve been experiencing one of those years when the fierce south-easterlies have hardly gusted through the dry season.
Sure, we’ve had a couple of weeks with strong wind forecasts but, overall, increased time on the water has been facilitated by great weather and sea conditions.
In what seems to be... (more)
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)