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)
As you read this, I’ll be spending my second day down the Daly River, lodged at the delightful Daly River Barra Resort.
It’s one of many great places to stay on the Daly; in fact, they’re all good really, and generally owned and operated by salt-of-the-earth types who are always up for a yarn and happy to help you out any way they can.
This trip was booked in at least six weeks ago; my crew of Steve Sarev and George Mousa should make it a lot of fun.
As you can imagine, I have been... (more)
I had intended not to write about the Million Dollar Fish promotion this week, but then Nathan Neave goes and catches his second $10,000 fish.
What are the odds of that?
Admittedly, it was caught in the same location in Darwin Harbour, which probably means both his tagged recaptures were released in that vicinity.
“I didn’t even think I would catch one of the fish let alone two,” Nathan said.
The 19 year old caught the 65cm barra while fishing with childhood friend, Joseph Puntoriero.... (more)