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)
Can you imagine the result if a billfish tournament had been held down at Dundee at some time in the last couple of months?
I stand to be corrected, but I think the most number of billfish ever caught in a Darwin billfish tournament was 22 over three days, and that was last November in the Billfish Classic.
I reckon there would have been at least 10 times that amount tagged and released if a tournament had been held in June or July.
I wrote recently about the phenomenon that has been taking place wide... (more)
Fishing tourism in the Top End is set to get another great boost with the commencement of Million Dollar Fish season three.
Registrations opened on 14 July but the actual fishing competition doesn’t commence until 1 October and continues until 28 February next year.
As with last season, there will be 100 barra tagged which will each be worth $10,000 if and when recaptured and one fish carrying a red tag that will be worth a cool million dollars in cash.
The five NT regions included in the competition... (more)
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)
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)