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Alex's Fishing Column 20 February 2020

It seems the best place to wet a line for a barra of late has been the Daly River.
Last week I wrote about the local rain down the Daly, and this has sparked some nice flows out of the feeder creek mouths.
Top of the list has been Charlies Creek where one angler caught two metreys.
But other creeks further downriver, including the iconic Elizabeth Creek, have been producing fish.
The tides are building up to the springs this weekend, so the creek flows can only increase.
Remember to look for bait and work where you find it.
Also fishing well has been the Little Finniss to the east of the main Finniss River.
According to Fishing and Outdoor World’s Ronald Voukolos, last week’s big tides worked a treat for anglers trolling in and out of the Little Finniss.
It’s not surprising because that part of the world received record rainfalls last month.
Sadly, it was the only part of the world as far as the Top End is concerned.
A few anglers have been travelling even further afield and fishing the coastal creeks between the respective mouths of the South Alligator River and the East Alligator River.
Some pretty big barra have been turning up in these creeks, but it’s a perilous run down the South Alligator with the mud-bars ever lurking.
This weekend, we’re back to making spring tides, so again good old Darwin Harbour comes into the mix.
Two weeks ago on similar tides, the harbour fished exceptionally well for mates and I.
Low tide is between noon and 1.00pm both Saturday and Sunday, so they’re gentlemen’s hours for a harbour barra fish.
Look for those jelly prawns which were about in their 1000s two weeks ago.
Barra just can’t resist these delicacies, and will roll and scoop them up like there is no tomorrow.
But you need to match the hatch as much as possible.
Go for tiny soft plastics which you’ll only be able to cast with a light, whippy threadline outfit and braid line no heavier than 6kg.
If you hook into a few on an outfit like that, you’ll have a lot of fun.
I had a good chat with the nice people at the Bureau of Metreology, and there is still an air of confidence that we’ll get some more good rain.
A tropical low is forecast for the Gulf of Carpentaria, possible whipping up today.
It could develop into a cyclone but it’s too early to know yet.
Once it crosses the coast, the bureau is optimistic that it will spread a rain shadow across much of the Top End.
Added to this is a lot of good moisture to our north which could come down, plus we are starting to get that north-west flow.
Good news is that El Nino – the warm ocean current that can give us a good wet season or rob us of it – is in neutral mode, and is expected to stay neutral.
Fingers crossed that the stars all line up and the heavens open up from one end of the Top End to the other.


Ken Veal found a bragging-rights barra in one of his favourite rivers.


Robert Busby’s Queensland groper made it to the AFANT Brag Board.