For the fourth time in five successive Barra Classics, Team Top End Tackle World has triumphed.
In a grinding test of endurance on the water, competing on a Daly River that was in shut-down mode for the duration of the tournament, Shane Compain, his dad Steve Compain and Terry Ryan fired out thousands of casts to win the 2016 Classic.
After the first day, they were coming second to Team Taking A Punt, but then led to the end.
“We would have only spent an hour trolling,” Steve told me.
The Barra Classic is on down the Daly River this week but, a week before that, the Daly was the venue for the second round of the Top End Barra Series (TEBS).
TEBS co-ordinator, Glenn Dinwoodie, reported that the Daly River continued to defy its normal early-dry-season conditions.
“The weather was indicative of the Top End’s wet season; with tropical storms rolling in both Saturday and Sunday, and big cracks of thunder and lightning echoing along the river at night,” Glenn said.
Although the NT has by far the best wild barra fishing in Australia, occasionally, just across the way on the eastern side of the Gulf of Carpentaria, a Godzilla barra gets caught.
One bloke who know knows all about that is Pat Levy.
A couple of years ago, Pat pulled a magnificent 130cm barra from a local system around Karumba.
Well, last week he did it again with the capture of a humungous 138cm barra fishing the same area.
“I was fishing with Groover, a local guide, and we were trolling when I... (more)
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)