It’s official: El Nino is gone and won’t be back for at least 12 months.
This is according to the Bureau of Metreology which describes the El Nino effect as the above-average warming of the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean which in turn causes a shift in atmospheric circulation.
The El Nino that has just died was one of the most-severe ever recorded, and it was the reason why we had such a pathetic wet season in terms of rainfall.
Following on the heels of two previous below-average... (more)
If you’re thinking of wetting a line for barra in the salt water this weekend, there are definitely some possibilities based on the run of tides.
At first glance, you might think the low tides are a bit late and a bit high for Darwin Harbour.
Based on a couple of trips I’ve done of late, when the low tides were a good metre higher than those this weekend, there are definitely barra to be caught.
Roger Sinclair and I worked some flats near Blessers Creek early last Monday on a 3.3m low tide.... (more)
For those who might have missed it, Four Mile Hole in Kakadu National Park will not be opened this year due to massive infestation with the floating aquatic weed: salvinia.
Apparently, 95% of this iconic lagoon is covered; and although the closure is deemed temporary, don’t hold your breath waiting for it to reopen.
There’s a lot I could write afresh about this, but instead following are extracts from my column published on 17 July 2014:
“One of the Top End’s most-popular inland... (more)
As you read this, I’ll be spending my second day down the Daly River, lodged at the delightful Daly River Barra Resort.
It’s one of many great places to stay on the Daly; in fact, they’re all good really, and generally owned and operated by salt-of-the-earth types who are always up for a yarn and happy to help you out any way they can.
This trip was booked in at least six weeks ago; my crew of Steve Sarev and George Mousa should make it a lot of fun.
As you can imagine, I have been... (more)
I had intended not to write about the Million Dollar Fish promotion this week, but then Nathan Neave goes and catches his second $10,000 fish.
What are the odds of that?
Admittedly, it was caught in the same location in Darwin Harbour, which probably means both his tagged recaptures were released in that vicinity.
“I didn’t even think I would catch one of the fish let alone two,” Nathan said.
The 19 year old caught the 65cm barra while fishing with childhood friend, Joseph Puntoriero.... (more)