Fishing tourism in the Top End is set to get another great boost with the commencement of Million Dollar Fish season three.
Registrations opened on 14 July but the actual fishing competition doesn’t commence until 1 October and continues until 28 February next year.
As with last season, there will be 100 barra tagged which will each be worth $10,000 if and when recaptured and one fish carrying a red tag that will be worth a cool million dollars in cash.
The five NT regions included in the competition... (more)
It’s a cliché, I know, but when I attend the annual Australian Fishing Trade Show on the Gold Coast I am very much the proverbial “kid in the candy shop”.
This year has been no different, except perhaps that there was even more candy for Top End anglers than in previous years.
In the lure department, it was mainly about soft plastics, and one in particular was mesmerising: River2Sea’s Chasebaits Smash Squid.
I watched it being worked up and down in a vertical fish tank... (more)
This year seems to be the year of phenomena in respect of the Top End fishing scene.
First, we’ve experienced – and continue to experience – perhaps the biggest recruitment of juvenile barramundi in living memory.
Every river and every billabong across the Top End seems to be chockers with baby barra which came from the spawning run of late 2016 and thrived in the subsequent long and major wet season.
Last week I wrote about the tens and tens of thousands of puppy dog barra at Four... (more)
There’s been some great billfish action wide of Dundee of late.
The Dundee billfish grounds were first discovered in the early 1980s by members of the then fledgling Darwin Game Fishing Club.
Of course, in those days, there was no Dundee Beach; that name came from the extensive subdivision and development of the old Finniss River Station.
We used to refer to the billfish grounds as simply “wide of Point Blaze”.
However, it wasn’t until the last decade that the area has really blossomed... (more)
It was almost 12 months ago to the day that I wrote in this column:
“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.”
Four Mile Hole is a very special lagoon on the Wildman River system, and I first brought attention to the pending salvinia infestation... (more)