FISHING With Alex Julius
With Alex Julius
You may have noticed that the last three or four weekends have been quite windy.
It’s a typical dry season scenario off the Top End as those high pressure systems roll through the Great Australian Bight and cause moderate-to-strong winds to blow across our coastline and inshore waters.
Good news this weekend is that a low pressure system is dominant below the bottom end of Australia and winds won’t get much more than 10 knots off Darwin.
In fact, after lunch on both Saturday and Sunday, expect light winds and fairly calm seas.
This means you’ll be able to get offshore and target either reefies or pelagics in comfort.
The tides aren’t too shabby either, if only because there are two tide changes each day, and all are during gentleman’s hours.
I’m sure that plenty of boats will launch off the great new ramp at Dundee Beach and head wide to the now-well-established billfish grounds.
Normally, you’d associate fishing for sailfish and marlin with neap tides, but the last couple of months have shown that the billies are about and biting even on the bigger spring tides.
Water clarity seems to be holding up on these bigger tides, and fair weather this weekend will be the deciding factor for most anglers looking for a leaping “garfish” or two on the end of their lines.
Fishing and Outdoor World’s George Voukolos reports heaps of queenies around Mandorah.
“They’re up around a metre long, so there are some nice ones there,” George said.
“Where the old pub was, there are a couple of rock walls where they seem to hang out.
“Trolling small Killalure Terminators in chrome/blue seems to work well.
“Off the wharf itself, they’re getting the little herring on jigs and using them fresh, rigged with a single hook and running sinker – they feed on the bottom too.”
George said the Deck Chair Cinema was really good for queenies and trevallies.
Crystal Neal reports golden trevally schooling in Darwin Harbour, mainly around man-made structure.
Vibes seemed to be the lure of choice for these terrific light gamefish.
Way out wide of Darwin, the Rig is still there and will be for a while yet. Mackerel are the go near the surface and saddle-tail snapper can be caught in numbers on the bottom, mainly around the anchors.
Old mate Stuey Brisbane of Daly River Barra Fishing Resort has been finding some great barra for his clients of late.
Stuey operates guided fishing tours on the Daly and always seems to have his finger on the pulse.
In the last fortnight, his boat has seen a huge 120cm barra and a terrific 112cm barra, both trolled up on Reidy’s Big B52s in chrome/bleeding mullet colour.
Speaking of Reidy’s B52s, the new Tropical Thunder colour seems to be kicking goals in barra country.
Reidy’s Colin Burdon told me the new colour is all about incorporating a gold/silver body with UV painted stripes.
It’s similar to the Cryptonite B52s but with UV and an orange belly, and is available in three sizes: B52, Big B52 and Big Ass B52.
If you’re looking to chase a barra this weekend, look no further than Corroboree Billabong.
Barra have been biting at several locations in the iconic waterway.
Not surprisingly, the majority of fish are around 50cm, give or take, thus reflecting the great recruitment last year.
1. This whale of a barra measured 120cm and was caught by Antonio Lourenco on a Reidys Big B52 fishing with Stuey Brisbane of Daly River Barra Resort.
2. Craig Laitimore’s 97cm coastal creek barra fell to the new Big B52 Tropical Thunder colour.
3. The sexy Tropical Thunder colour with yellow UV is available across the range of Reidys B52s.
4. Girls out having fishing fun: Alana Madden hoists her ripper 108cm barra while (L-R) Sierra Ferguson, Jenna Gollan and Tamara Fern cheer the catch.