It’s a cliché, I know, but when I attend the annual Australian Fishing Trade Show on the Gold Coast I am very much the proverbial “kid in the candy shop”.
This year has been no different, except perhaps that there was even more candy for Top End anglers than in previous years.
In the lure department, it was mainly about soft plastics, and one in particular was mesmerising: River2Sea’s Chasebaits Smash Squid.
I watched it being worked up and down in a vertical fish tank... (more)
The next NAFA No 33 is now on sale and has a dedicated 87 page Fishing Territory section, an increase of more than 50% on previous issues.
This includes a feature on multi-barra-tournament Champion Angler, Shane Compain, who reveals the secrets to his barra fishing success. There is even more NT content in the major Boating Section and in the flip-over NAFA’s OUTDOORS 4WD Travel & Hunting magazine.
At a whopping 256 pages, NAFA is 32 pages bigger than previous issues, and still only $19.95.... (more)
This year seems to be the year of phenomena in respect of the Top End fishing scene.
First, we’ve experienced – and continue to experience – perhaps the biggest recruitment of juvenile barramundi in living memory.
Every river and every billabong across the Top End seems to be chockers with baby barra which came from the spawning run of late 2016 and thrived in the subsequent long and major wet season.
Last week I wrote about the tens and tens of thousands of puppy dog barra at Four... (more)
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote up how Four Mile Hole in Kakadu National Park would reopen in 2017 after being closed for the whole of 2016 due to 95% inundation by the noxious aquatic plant salvinia.
Thanks to the record wet season of 2016-17, most of the salvinia had been flushed down and away from Four Mile Hole, most likely into the tidal reaches of the Wildman River where it would die.
As promised, the iconic lagoon was opened to the public via the Kakadu Road Report late on 6 July.
Well, as luck... (more)
There’s been some great billfish action wide of Dundee of late.
The Dundee billfish grounds were first discovered in the early 1980s by members of the then fledgling Darwin Game Fishing Club.
Of course, in those days, there was no Dundee Beach; that name came from the extensive subdivision and development of the old Finniss River Station.
We used to refer to the billfish grounds as simply “wide of Point Blaze”.
However, it wasn’t until the last decade that the area has really blossomed... (more)