It was almost 12 months ago to the day that I wrote in this column:
“Four Mile Hole in Kakadu National Park will not be opened this year due to massive infestation with the floating aquatic weed: salvinia.
“Apparently, 95% of this iconic lagoon is covered; and although the closure is deemed temporary, don’t hold your breath waiting for it to reopen.”
Four Mile Hole is a very special lagoon on the Wildman River system, and I first brought attention to the pending salvinia infestation... (more)
If you want to be reminded just how great the wet season was, just go fishing on any of our big rivers or freshwater lagoons.
Without exception it seems, all these systems are chockers with baby barra, or “rats” as they are often referred to.
What has happened is an outstanding example of all the ducks lining up in a row to create a super recruitment of juvenile barra into our Top End waterways.
It all started last September when we had great early build-up rains.
September is generally regarded... (more)
The Top End Barra Series (TEBS) continues to power across our iconic barra waters.
This now well-established competition has six rounds a year, nearly always on different waters.
Always held over a weekend, the camaraderie of TEBS is second to none: teams seem as interested in rafting up overnight with sometimes more than a dozen boats side by side, with an on-water party right on the go, as they are at catching their five barras that will be eligible to enter.
The third round this year was just held... (more)
There’s no questioning that we are now well into the dry season, and it looks like being a windy one at that.
The last two weekends have been plagued by strong winds, at times gusting to more than 40kmh.
That made it difficult – or at least a tad uncomfortable – to fish offshore.
The news is that it won’t be much different this coming weekend.
According to Mark Kersemakers, one of our friendly Bureau of Metreology forecasters: “We don’t expect to be issuing any wind... (more)
With 309 barramundi, 415 saratoga, 115 catfish and a staggering 1041 tarpon caught by 18 teams of two in last weekend’s Territory Freshwater Fly Fishing Open, there must have been a lot of long, bent rods over the two days.
Hosted by Darwin Flyrodders from the usual Corroboree Park Tavern venue, and held on Corroboree Billabong, this was one of the most-successful events in the 26 year history of the Freshwater Fly Fishing Open.
According to President, Matt Hayne, everyone caught tarpon and saratoga.... (more)