Cameron Briscoe was one excited angler when he received a call from his old mate Shane Compain just the night before orientation day for last week’s Barra Classic, asking if he could be a late fill-in in the Top End Tackle World team.
“I had to get permission from my boss at work before I could commit, and then from my main boss, the Missus,” Cam told me.
His excitement did not go unfounded as Top End Tackle World went on to register a resounding victory in the Darwin Game Fishing... (more)
It was an eye-opener to fish Corroboree Billabong for a couple of days early this week.
Water levels along the iconic lagoon were as high as you might expect after such a boomer, prolonged wet season.
The water had a beautiful dark-chocolate hue to it, and it was incredibly clear, clearer than I’ve seen it in years.
During the course of the year, I wrote that the only way the lilies that have been choking up Corroboree Billabong would be reduced significantly would be by a big wet season that kept... (more)
There’s no doubt that we’ve had a much better runoff than the last three years.
However, I don’t think it reached its full potential simply because there was just so much rain over so long a period.
I never thought I would be writing this but, just when all the rivers were flooded nicely back at the end of February, and levels began to drop, the Top End received another rain belting and the rivers rose again.
Unbelievably, when they again began to fall, another deluge came in, and up... (more)
Just how many moods does the Top End’s iconic Daly River have?
I’ve been fishing the Daly since 1979, often in the early days for 10 or more extended trips in one year.
I’ve been down there in picture-perfect runoff conditions with squillions of barra fighting over your lures at the feeder creek mouths.
I’ve been down there in chilly dry season conditions with water temperatures at 22 degrees, a fog along much of the river, big bad salties sunning on the sand-bars, and the water... (more)
The iconic Club Marine Insurance Barra Nationals gets under way on tomorrow when 62 teams of three hit the water for the official Orientation Day, followed by five full days of competition.
Hosted by the Palmerston Game Fishing Club, this will be the 22nd annual Barra Nationals, and once again it will be held on the treacherous yet beautiful Daly River.
As always, the venue will be the Daly River Banyan Farm which is operated by Wally and Kerry Draper.
I’ve fished the Daly three times over the... (more)