There’s no choice but to talk about the weather this week; that’s because finally we’re getting some.
It’s only a weak monsoon trough, but it is a monsoon at last.
According to Bureau of Metreology (BOM) records, the latest onset of the monsoon over Darwin was 25 January 1973, so we were just two days off matching that and three days from beating it.
As of yesterday, the current weak monsoon was sitting right over Darwin, but the main stream is running right across the north coast,... (more)
I’m not going to bang on about the weather – or lack of a wet season – this week, except that it’s not looking good.
According to the Bureau of Metreology, the North Australia Monsoon is not expected for at least another week.
Basically, you can plan to go fishing this weekend.
On a different note, let me tell you about the best fishing trip I had last year.
It was to PNG where, after half a dozen trips, I hadn’t been back there for 14 years.
With one exception, the previous... (more)
It’s now officially the Build-up, that wonderful time of year when both ambient and water temperatures begin to increase, humidity claws upwards, easterly trade winds abate and barra line up for a feed.
The Build-up is one of the Top End’s two iconic barra fishing seasons, the other being the Run-off.
It heralds the transition from the cooler dry season months to the approaching wet season when, in a nutshell, everything warms up and starts getting wetter.
We notice it but, more importantly,... (more)
Overall, it would be hard to complain about the great weather we’ve had this dry season: endless cool nights with so many days of low humidity and just perfect temperatures.
Best of all, we’ve been experiencing one of those years when the fierce south-easterlies have hardly gusted through the dry season.
Sure, we’ve had a couple of weeks with strong wind forecasts but, overall, increased time on the water has been facilitated by great weather and sea conditions.
In what seems to be... (more)
This last week has been an interesting exercise for me as I was able to fish for barra in both salt water and freshwater.
Three days staying at the delightful Crab Claw Island Resort in Bynoe Harbour gave me the opportunity to try a number of different locations on changing sets of tides.
Early-to-mid August is never the best time of year to chase barra in the salt or the fresh but, as I always advocate, they still have to eat.
My Bynoe Harbour stint coincided with the tides moving from late neaps to... (more)