Alex's Fishing Report 11 August 2016
If it’s clear water you’re after this weekend – be it in the estuaries of offshore – then you’ll certainly get it thanks to the dead neap tides that will be happening both days.
Winds offshore won’t be too bad – mainly easterlies around 15-20km/h – so trailer boats of 5m or longer should have no difficulties.
There are plenty of options for offshore fishing this weekend too.
Similar tides a fortnight ago produced good reef fish out wide at South Gutter and North Gutter.
Down Loee Patches way, goldies were on the chew, as were Spanish mackerel which was not surprising given that Loee Patches is a recognised mackerel hotspot in the dry season.
Further down the coast, off Dundee, the world is your oyster with both great pelagic and reef fishing on offer.
There’s heaps of bait wide of Dundee, and both mackerel and longtail tuna are feeding voraciously.
That means there are probably a few billfish around too, especially sailfish.
You won’t believe how clear the water will be out wide of Dundee at places like Sail City.
Trolling a spread of skipping garfish and/or swimming mullet – as well as a nice squid teaser chain – could well raise a bunch of billfish.
For best chances, focus on the bait schools, trolling around them but not through them.
Even further to the south-west, at and around the Peron Islands, both the surface and bottom action could even be hotter.
Here’s a tip: look for reefs around the 20m mark.
Because of the minimal tidal movement, plan your assault on either reef fish or pelagic species right on the turn of the tide… and that’s no matter where you are fishing.
If you’re thinking of some barra fishing in the estuaries, you can just about forget both Darwin Harbour and Bynoe Harbour.
Even at dead low tide – 3.9m on Saturday and 3.8m on Sunday – you’ll be hard pressed to find any places where the water has come out of the mangroves, so that’s where the barra will be: in the mangroves where the bait is.
Perhaps your best barra shot will be in Shoal Bay where neap tides can be a friend because you can move around freely without getting stuck on the sandbars and mudbars.
Trolling and casting the mouth of King Creek, for example, could pay off with some nice big silver fish.
And don’t discard up the Howard River itself.
On the inland scene, I’m happy to report that Corroboree Billabong is finally starting to produce a few barra, both casting soft plastics and on the troll.
Mind you, there’ll be a few boats there this weekend as round four of the Top End Barra Series is scheduled this weekend for the Mary River freshwater lagoons, and Corroboree will be targeted the most.
It’s good to see the Darwin Boat Travel and Leisure Show being brought forward this year to this weekend at the Marrara Sporting Complex.
Hosted by Darwin Game Fishing Club, the main attraction will be the Berkley Super Tank where you will be able to see various lure styles worked with barra in the tank.
The entertainment/education program includes presentations on fish filleting, camping safety, marine safety, barratrauma, jigging, billfish, cooking demo, sounders and other general fishing.
Apparently, all major boat suppliers will be represented, as well as major tackle shops.
The Kids Zone will feature four sessions where kids can paint their own Reidy's lure for free.
Leila Carrick fished wide of Darwin aboard Leigh Wright’s boat “Dexter” with the Minetec crew and landed this ripper red emperor.
Leila Carrick and Tynan Bartolo with a pair of big goldies from the Minetec trip.
Ricky Jensen’s whopper red emperor weight 6kg and was also pulled aboard “Dexter”.