I can’t tell you if these were the biggest barra caught in the Top End during the last week or so of 2016, but 109cm, 114cm, 117cm and 127cm must surely rattle the tin.
It was Thursday 22 December when I received a text from old mate George Voukolos Junior.
On that day, he fished land-based at the mouth of Bamboo Creek on the Daly River and landed more than 40 barra, including a 117cm fish and a massive 127cm barra.
Really, it’s not surprising as Georgie catches 30 to 40 metreys every year,... (more)
It looks like forecasts from the Bureau of Metreology reported in this column at least a month ago are spot on: the first monsoon of the Top End wet season will arrive during the fortnight of Christmas; ie the week before or the week after.
The most-likely scenario now is that the monsoon will descend across the Top End by next Thursday.
There is also a strong chance of a cyclone forming north of the Top End and heading down past the Tiwi lslands west coast and then pretty close to Darwin.
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Vale Stephen Sly
Last week we lost a Territory fisheries stalwart with the sudden passing of Steve Sly.
Steve was only 41 and he was both an angler and a Fisheries manager.
Although born and educated in the Territory, in recent times, he had been living with his parents in southern NSW.
There he had been waiting for a heart/lung transplant but sadly none turned up in time.
According to a memo sent around the Primary Industry and Resources Department’s CE, Alister Trier, “For those of you... (more)
There’ve been some nice big barra caught around the traps of late.
The biggest was a strapping, beautifully-conditioned 120cm fish which gave its captor, talented Darwin angler Stewie Martin, a hell of a tussle.
“I was with my mates Rolf Hallenstein and Darren Warway, trolling a Classic 160 3+ inside a small creek near the mouth of the South Alligator on the first of the incoming.” Stewie told me.
“There was bait everywhere, mainly popeye mullet coming in with the tide.
I haven’t written about the weather for a while but it’s certainly clear that we are looking far better for a good wet season than we have been for the last couple of years.
The great build-up weather that the Bureau of Metreology predicted for September/October certainly happened.
It was a result of a negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), which is a measurement of the difference between sea surface temperatures of the tropical western and eastern Indian Ocean.
According to the bureau, however,... (more)