If ever there was a barra tournament fraught with danger, excitement, adventure and thrills, it was the 21st Club Marine Insurance Barra Nationals.
Held last week from the Banyan Farm on the Daly River, and hosted by the Palmerston Game Fishing Club, 60 teams ran the gauntlet of a river choked with sand, spiked with threatening logs and so shallow at low tide that getting through the six fishing days with boats and outboards unscathed was probably worthy of a prize on the presentation night.
On the... (more)
There are two certainties that will happen at the Club Marine Barra Nationals which commence on Sunday down the Daly River: firstly, some huge barra will be caught by the 60 teams competing; and, secondly, several of those teams will get stuck on shallow sandbars.
I suppose that’s a glaring statement of good news and bad news.
As far as the bad news goes, it seems there is an extensive, shallow sandbar right at the boat ramp at the Banyan Farm venue.
On the neap tides just passed, it prevented... (more)
If there’s one thing every successful angler believes, it’s that you can never stop learning.
In fishing, usually, the learning comes from fishing with other fishos; but it also comes from trying new techniques, new locations and new conditions.
New lures come under the banner of “new techniques”, but deserve a mention regardless.
In barra fishing, one of the greatest ways to learn about any given tidal river or inland waterway is to fish a tournament or major competition there.... (more)
Last week’s Aurora Kakadu Klash on the South Alligator River offered up a few surprises, but none so surprising as the quality of fishing.
Given this year’s sad wet season – for the third year in a row – it was remarkable that so many barra were caught, including some rippers amongst them.
Most of the 40 teams competed fished upstream above the South Alligator Bridge.
Those that ventured downstream for a pre-fish before the tournament started ran the gauntlet of literally dozens... (more)
There was some great fishing over Easter, especially if you fished the Daly and knew what you were doing.
Old mate Roger Sinclair spent Easter on the Daly with his wife Susan, and he was happy enough to send me this report:
“The river was at about 4m at the crossing when we arrived on Friday lunchtime, and it dropped about a metre by Sunday evening.
“It was brown and flowing strongly.
“Saturday was to be our fishing day so, after an early start, we headed downstream; as there was an... (more)