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)
This time next week, 40 teams will be competing on the first day of the annual Aurora Kakadu Klash on the South Alligator River.
This tournament is different to the other two big barra competitions, the Barra Nationals and the Barra Classic, because, whereas they award points according to the length of each and every fish caught, the Kakadu Klash only recognises the biggest fish caught by a team on each of the three days of competition.
In other words, no matter how many barra are caught by any given... (more)
Fingers Crossed for Lots of Rain
Just when you thought the wet season was down and out for the count, along comes a modest monsoonal flow that throws some water across our big river floodplains.
There haven’t been heaps of rain out there where we need it – on the Alligator Rivers, for example – but some reasonable falls have occurred.
On Tuesday, I was chatting to Janette Hamilton, the Manager out at Aurora Kakadu, about conditions for the annual Aurora Kakadu Klash which commences... (more)