If you’re looking for a runoff barra fish this weekend, the monsoon just to our north will continue to move away and the storms will begin dissipating.
According to Zuzanna Palej of the Darwin Bureau of Metreology, we can expect to have the usual afternoon showers over the next few weeks, as this has been a good wet season, but the weak monsoon trough will be gone.
“However, bear in mind that we can’t rule out another monsoon happening again this wet season,” Zuzanna said.
Where to go chasing a hot barra bite is what many anglers are considering at the moment.
Barra seem to be biting like mad everywhere, but it’s still possible to miss out.
Luckily, my timing was pretty good last week when I arrived at Daly River Barra Resort the very afternoon that the Woolianna Road reopened after Cyclone Blanche slipped by.
It was great that the Daly River Police clearly recognised the importance of maintaining access to the Daly River boat ramp via Woolianna Road during this... (more)
Not surprisingly, there’s a lot of secrecy amongst the Darwin angling fraternity at the moment.
As river, and specific areas in river systems, begin to fire, anglers getting into hot action are keeping quiet; that is, at least until they have caught their share and either will not be revisiting or the fish have gone off the bite at the “secret” spot.
A master of secrecy is Stewie Martin.
Even when he posts great catches on Face Book, your are left with no inkling of where the action... (more)
An epidemic of gargantuan proportions is spreading across the Top End angling scene: it’s called Barra Fever.
River levels are dropping everywhere and I’ve heard lots of reports of barra biting.
Perhaps the best report has been from the Finniss River where one party landed more than 20 barra around the metre mark.
The Adelaide too has been fishing exceptionally well upriver.
Old mate George Moussa was up inside a creek last Saturday and caught 17 barra at a nice colour change.
He told me there... (more)
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)