Alex's Fishing Report 9 June 2016
Last weekend’s round three of the 2016 Top End Barra Series (TEBS) was a punt that paid off.
TEBS Co-ordinator, Glenn Dinwoodie, said: “We planned for this event back in July 2015 and we were thinking that competitors may have been faced with cooler water temperatures and gusty conditions, although nothing could have been further from the truth.”
“The weekend was hot and sweaty, with glassy conditions where anglers could comfortably sight fish on the flats for a large part of the day, and with water temperatures exceeding the 30 degree mark on the flats.
“Both Bynoe and Darwin Harbours are certainly all-year options, given our results over the last few years during the build-up and now the dry season.
“In 2014, we fished Bynoe in October and we caught 91 fish; in 2015, we fished Darwin Harbour in the build-up and 101 fish were registered.
“Now we have tested out the harbours in the dry season and had a total of 82 fish registered.
“So there are similar numbers of fish being caught whether it is the dry or prime-time build-up,” Glenn explained.
“In this round, there were two barra over 70cm and 21 in the 60cm range.
“There were plenty of fish caught under 50cm, along with all the other usual suspects such as mangrove jacks, queenfish, blue salmon and threadfin salmon.
“Most notably there were some good-sized threadfin salmon, with four caught that were over 60cm to the fork.
“Kai Argent, last year’s series winner, had another stellar performance, filling his bag of five fish with 78cm, 60cm, 60cm, 52cm and 65cm barra totaling 470 points and claiming himself another round win.
“Coming in second was Kai’s fishing partner, Kyle Chin, who also filled his bag of five fish: 75cm, 58cm, 56cm, 64cm and 59cm totaling 450 points.
“Alex Felsch is another angler on a roll, and one to watch over the second half of the series,” Glenn said.
“Alex finished 70th in round one and then bounced back to win round two, and then he has continued to impress with a third in this round.
“Alex finished with a full bag of five fish: 60cm, 59cm, 60cm, 61cm and 53cm totaling 340 points.
Rounding out the top five was Peter Cooper with 260 points and Andrew Dutton with 245 points.
“At the halfway mark, Kyle Chin leads the series with 518 points, followed by Ben Mclean with 457 points, Shane Moon with 417 points, Alex Felsch with 381 points and Damien Lucas with 357 points,” Glenn reported.
The next TEBS round will be on the Mary River Billabongs on 13-14August.
Kai Argent won last weekend’s round three of the Top End Barra Series thanks in part to this silver 78cm Bynoe Harbour barra.
Kyle Chin’s 75cm barra helped him claim second spot in the TEBS round at Bynoe Harbour.
Some big threadies were caught in the Bynoe competition, including this beauty by Oliver Dinwoodie.
Helena Chan struggles with a big Lee Point longtail tuna, her first-ever fish caught on a fly rod.