The fishing was tough but the camaraderie was strong – that pretty well sums up the 11th annual Secret Women’s Business Barra Challenge held last Friday and Saturday at Corroboree Billabong.
This is the second time that I’ve had the pleasure of being on the water and covering the NT’s premier female fishing tournament.
Women-only fishing competitions are a real part of the Top End fishing scene nowadays, but I suppose what sets the SWB apart is that the female competitors fend... (more)
The Top End Barra Series (TEBS) continues to go from strength to strength, and the recent round four in Darwin Harbour was certainly testimony to that.
According to TEBS co-ordinator, Ross Abraham, the harbour round again demonstrated that the city backyard is in healthy condition.
“Despite the wind that turned up on the weekend of TEBS, there were 99 barra recorded over 50cm,” Ross said.
“The biggest barra came in at 81cm and was captured by Simon Bochow.
“The number of barra... (more)
It’s been a long time coming but finally there will be proper boat ramp access to the Mary River at Shady Camp.
Tomorrow or early next week, Fisheries Minister Ken Vowles will be officially opening the concrete boat ramp.
“The ramp will be a welcome piece of infrastructure for fishers that will improve access to the world-class Mary River Barramundi Fishery,” Minister Vowles said.
“The tender for the work was awarded to local company Aldebaran Contracting Pty Ltd, creating jobs... (more)
The Top End fishing competition scene comes to life again in a couple of weeks when the annual Spotters Secret Women’s Business Barra Challenge kicks off at Corroboree Billabong.
Hosted by the Palmerston Game Fishing Club at the usual Corroboree Park Tavern venue, there are bound to be plenty of barra caught and released by the 119 anglers in 36 teams.
Chrissie Hurren is one of the co-ordinators, and she told me that the competition is capped to 36 teams.
“We’re mindful of the fish... (more)
We’ve had a fair bit of windy weather so far this dry season; not enough to stop the bigger trailer boats from heading offshore but certainly reducing the options for the smaller-tinny brigade.
Of course, one of the great things about fishing in the Top End is that, when the winds are blowing, you can always go chase a barra.
When the tides suit, saltwater estuaries like those in Darwin Harbour and Bynoe Harbour offer plenty of opportunities to chase barra in wind-free spots.
Darwin Harbour, in... (more)