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16th Jan 19

FISHING With Alex Julius

I’m not going to bang on about the weather – or lack of a wet season – this week, except that it’s not looking good.
According to the Bureau of Metreology, the North Australia Monsoon is not expected for at least another week.
Basically, you can plan to go fishing this weekend.
On a different note, let me tell you about the best fishing trip I had last year.
It was to PNG where, after half a dozen trips, I hadn’t been back there for 14 years.
With one exception, the previous... (more)

12th Jan 19

FISHING With Alex Julius

It’s good to see another BetEasy red tag go off in the current Season 4 of Million Dollar Fish (MDF).
Once again, the fish worth $10,000 was caught by a local angler: Travis Stevens.
It’s amazing that during the nearly four years that Million Dollar Fish has been running, not one single tagged barra has been caught by a genuine fishing tourist; local NT anglers have accounted for the lot.
Hopefully this year, with the extension through March, a lucky interstate visitor or two will score some... (more)

4th Jan 19

FISHING With Alex Julius

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)

17th Dec 18

FISHING With Alex Julius

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)

9th Dec 18

FISHING With Alex Julius

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)

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