Motoring along the Adelaide River earlier this week, it was hard not think a monsoon trough had finally descended upon us.
We’d nailed a few barra up to 70cm, so the trip had been worthwhile, but the rain smashed us on the way home.
It was torrential and big drops drove into our faces like nails as my boat skipped across river chop towards the boat ramp near the Adelaide River Bridge.
The highlight of the day had been the first barra, caught by my fishing buddy Alastair Lau.
It measured 63cm and... (more)
It looks like we’re in for a dry Christmas and New Year, so this week I thought we’d just look at some fishing options.
On top of the dry conditions is the forecast for light winds over the festive break, so you can pretty well plan trips that will likely happen.
As it turns out, Christmas Day is the peak spring tide of the set, so all days from now on leading up to that are what we call “making springs”; ie the high tides are getting higher and the low tides are getting lower.... (more)
Conditions weren’t perfect when we headed out to sea last week for three days of hopefully bluewater fishing mayhem.
It was daybreak and the westerly winds were already gusting to more than 40kph, with waves frothing at more than a metre high.
Fortunately, we had a real weapon on our side: the 16m Wai Nawana which revels in adverse sea conditions.
The Wai Nawana is the pride of the fleet of four great Arafura Bluewater Charters boats operated by old mate Steve Compain.
Steve has been plying coastal... (more)
The Top End wet season arriving before Christmas is generally unlikely.
I can’t say for sure but it seems to me that we’ve had a pretty ordinary build-up to date.
I can gauge that just by the amount of times the power goes off out here at Howard Springs – it’s been pretty good this year, and that’s simply because of lack of storms.
Having said that, along comes a significant tropical low which not long ago was Cyclone Owen until it crossed over north Queensland and then... (more)
Hands up if you’ve never fished Buffalo Creek before.
I doubt there’s an angler in Darwin who hasn’t chucked a lure from the sand into a ch7urning incoming tide in Buffalo Creek.
It’s interesting that I haven’t heard much happening at Buffalo Creek this year.
It can’t be because no one has been chasing barra there?
Always at this steamy, build-up time of year, there is great fishing available at our handy northern suburbs mangrove waterway.
More importantly, the statistics... (more)