For those who might have missed it, Four Mile Hole in Kakadu National Park will not be opened this year due to massive infestation with the floating aquatic weed: salvinia.
Apparently, 95% of this iconic lagoon is covered; and although the closure is deemed temporary, don’t hold your breath waiting for it to reopen.
There’s a lot I could write afresh about this, but instead following are extracts from my column published on 17 July 2014:
“One of the Top End’s most-popular inland... (more)
Last weekend’s round three of the 2016 Top End Barra Series (TEBS) was a punt that paid off.
TEBS Co-ordinator, Glenn Dinwoodie, said: “We planned for this event back in July 2015 and we were thinking that competitors may have been faced with cooler water temperatures and gusty conditions, although nothing could have been further from the truth.”
“The weekend was hot and sweaty, with glassy conditions where anglers could comfortably sight fish on the flats for a large part of... (more)
After a pretty ordinary wet season and a well-less-than-average run-off, could it be that we are finally getting a more-normal dry season?
Thanks to a high pressure system floating across the Great Australian Bight, the easterlies have started, so that does point to a critical feature of any Top End dry season.
But then, how do you account for the regular nightly rainfall we experienced of late; or the sticky, mildly-hot daytime temperatures also of late?
It’s certainly been a weird first half... (more)
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.
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)