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Alex's Column 6 October 2023

It’s not by coincidence that the Top End Barra Series held its fifth round for the

year inside and around the Adelaide River mouth.

This is a great area for targeting bigger barra during the build-up season, and a

combination of neap tides and favourable weather only added to expectations.

According to Morris Pizzutto from TEBS, this is the business end of the year and

it proved to be extremely competitive at the top of the leader board.

“Anglers spread out from Leaders Creek, through to the Wiltshires inside the

Adelaide and beyond,” Morris said.

“The traditional approach of trolling likely runs produced the odd fish but most

of the anglers in the top 10 were using live imaging and targeting barra moving

up the middle of the creeks.

“Top 10 anglers mostly had fish in the 60s, with the odd bigger one to split the


“Tristan Christie persisted fishing with Live Scope around Wiltshire 3 to find a

bag of fish measuring 62-79cm and scoring 575 points to secure third place,”

Morris reported.

“Jack Oswald and Peter ‘Cuddles’ Cooper stood out from the pack with over

double the score of the nearest competitors, going blow to blow with ever

bigger and better fish.

“Jack fished hard all weekend and was still struggling with only a bunch of fish

in the 50s and 60s.

“Overall he said he caught 30-40 fish in the 50s and 60s with only a couple of

70s which sounds fantastic to us mere mortals.

“It took until Sunday for him to land his first 80cm barra and, as the tide eased

and the water cleared, he began to find the bigger fish, ending the day with an

80, 84, 86, 87 and an absolute horse at 111cm and 1595 points for the win,”

Morris said.

“It took putting a suspending hard-body on a fish’s nose and waiting for the

slightest of taps which were difficult to detect – tough fishing but he managed

to crack the code.

“One would think the secret to success here is staying with the fish and waiting

for the bite but Cuddles fished the round quite differently, moving around

most of the weekend and catching most of his bigger fish in the main river.

“He also found 30-odd fish in the 50s-60s in the creeks.

“The bigger fish turned up on Sunday as the water cleared and his bag ended

up a very respectable 65, 81, 83, 83 and a big 107cm barra caught near the

mouth of Castle Creek.

“Cuddles came second with 1305 points but he reported dropping a swag of

fish including four in the 80s and another metery which he lost at the boat,”

Morris reported.

Morris owes a debt of gratitude to Wade and Caleb Johnstone for performing

some nice surgical work to extract a fully-embedded big B52 treble from his


The next TEBS round will be on the billabongs.

Currently, it’s a two horse race between Jack Oswald and Cuddles Cooper.

“The consistency of these two is ridiculous,” Morris said.

Jack has three wins and a second in the five rounds to date, and Cuddles has

one win and three second places.

“The billabongs will be the ‘Rumble in Jungle’ round between these lads… only

one can emerge victorious,” Morris commented.

Jack Oswald’s 111cm stonker from the Adelaide River helped him win

the fifth round of the Top End Barra Series.

Morris Pizzutto with one of his TEBS barra from round five.

Regis Martin’s tasty golden snapper bycatch in the TEBs round sadly left

him with a one-piece rod in two pieces.


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