Recently, I saw an amazing post on the great new Facebook page Darwin Women Hunting and Fishing.
It was from keen fisho, Zerena Di-Prima, who was lucky to survive a recent outing to Leeders Creek, and Zerena was happy for me to tell the story in this column.
On the day, Zerena and her husband Allan had already caught a legal barra and a mangrove jack in the creek, but the march flies were particularly hungry that morning.
“I was bitten by countless march flies, including on my toe which was really... (more)
Sometimes your fishing expectations are exceeded big time.
That was certainly the case for me last Tuesday morning on a brief but well-executed mission to catch some quality reef fish practically under the Darwin skyline.
I’d organised a trip with old mate Steve Compain aboard the 14 metre Wai Adi, one of a fleet of fishing tour boats in the Arafura Bluewater Charters stable.
The primary purpose of the early-morning, three-hour, hit-and-run trip was to facilitate a live broadcast with the Mix 104.9... (more)
Last week, I was on a bit of an assignment, covering a day’s heli-fishing with the company called that very name: Helifish.
It involved quite a few anglers, travelling south-west from Darwin in not one, not two, but three helicopters.
As we crossed over the Daly River mouth and flew past the red cliffs of Anson Bay, I was reminded of that great Vietnam War movie, Apocalypse Now, which has an unforgettable scene depicting US choppers roaring down the coast to assault a North Vietnamese-controlled... (more)
If you’re up to date with the Darwin barra fishing scene, you might be wondering whether you should be targeting a big fish or a Million Dollar Fish, because both are readily available right now.
As far as the money barra are concerned, it seems two more were caught in quick succession last week.
The first came from Manton Dam and was caught by Michael Bullock on a solo fishing trip to his favourite location. It measured 83cm.
“It was the only fish I caught all night,” Michael said.... (more)
The neap tides this weekend offer some interesting estuary barra fishing options.
Today is a three-tide day and, if you’re reading the paper nice and early, and your boat and tackle are ready to go, there’s still time to hit one or other of a couple of spots that just might produce.
Firstly, a launch at Buffalo Creek around 8.30 this morning will give you enough time to belt down into Shoal Bay and fish inside and around King Creek across the top of the tide.
High tide is at 10.30am and some... (more)