By MATT FLYNN of North Australian FISH FINDER TM
So you want to go barramundi fishing? We suggest you go to the Northern Territory, which has the best barramundi habitat in Australia.
The "best habitat" means tidal rivers with vast floodplains, and a strong annual wet season. The huge fertility of these rivers provides enough fodder fish for the voracious barramundi to thrive in large numbers.
There’s a few ways you can go barramundi fishing.
You might wish to take your own boat north, or you can fly or drive in and hire a professional fishing guide. The second option is simpler, usually more successful, and often cheaper when you take into account time spent exploring and learning when you do it yourself.
Either way, a little knowledge and planning will vastly improve your chances, and this website will help you with that.
It has been a poor year for barramundi fishing thanks to last year’s terrible wet season, and that’s partly why there hasn’t been many posts from us on this site this year. The northern bluewater fishing has taken up the slack, with loads of spanish mackerel, as well as the usual trevally, queenfish, and reef fish. br> br>
However, another wet season is upon us and it has started well, with heavy rain as early as November. Visit www.fishingterritory.com for the latest barramundi fishing reports from fishos. br> br>
Meanwhile, if you are friends with a fishing family and they have had a new arrival, here’s something different for Christmas, “livebait shirts” … http://www.fishfinderbooks.com/index.php/cPath/76 br> br> br>
We’ll be getting back to fishing posts soon as the North Australian wet season 2013/14 kicks off. Meanwhile, perhaps grab a copy of our latest mag, it has an 8-page Darwin Harbour fishing map, among other things … http://www.fishfinderbooks.com/product_info.php/cPath/41/products_id/626
All fishos should visit Corroboree Billabong, a waterhole on the NT’s Mary River, at least once.
It is a beautiful and a prolific barramundi fishing spot, renowned for its wildlife, including big crocodiles.
Every year the fishing quality is quite different, depending on how big the wet season was.
This year there wasn’t a big flood, and saratoga and tarpon have been the main catch around the lilies.
There are plenty of smaller barramundi about, and the odd big fish to keep life interesting, such as this one, Lesley Mason from Sydney with a nice Corroboree Billabong barra, caught with Obsession Fishing Safaris.
Obsession’s Justin said: “We have been getting a lot more barra on the cast this year than the troll.
“With the late Wet, the lillies did not get a good flushing so there are a lot of old stems standing which fouls lures on the troll.
“So a change of game plan has done the job and casting weedless soft plastics to the weed beds and amongst the lily stems is the way to go, we are also catching a lot of ‘togas this year also.
“So away with the baitcasters and in with the spin sticks and the old faithful electric.
“We have been using one of Daiwa’s new mid-range spin rods the Swamp Donkey. which is a great all rounder.”
Other NT waterholes such as 2-Mile and 4-Mile Holes on the Wildman RIver, have produced the same quality of fishing this year.
Corroboree Billabong is a good place to fish weedless surface lures and flies. Nearby Hardies Lagoon and the Rockhole are also great spots. All are accessible off shirt dirt road sections from the sealed Arnhem Highway.
You don’t usually see this sort of rain over Darwin in April, let alone the end of May.
Don’t get too excited, the run-off is done and dusted.
Everyone wants a dry season now, a nice cool one.
It turned out to be one of the Top End’s driest Wets on record.
Only a late, short flood saved it from being a complete “train wreck”.
But as always, the fish are still biting.
You can still catch great barra in the Territory when the Wet is kinda dry. Craig’s Fishing Warehouse says: “With The Daly all over the shop, timing is the key. Those that timed it right during the last phase of ‘the drop’ may not have found numbers, but they did find big fish. Barra from 102cm to 122cm were caught … more than enough to re-ignite the enthusiasm. Rob Rees from Craig’s Fishing Warehouse put his brother Ian (pictured) on the spot for a ripper 107cm fish, the first metery to Ian’s credit. I see the river is back up around 8m. That can only be good … let’s hope it can stay that way for a while.”
If you haven’t been following the adventure’s of Crag ‘Cracker’s Hand, now is the time to start. He is travelling from Darwin to PNG via the Gulf of Carpentaria in a 15ft half-cabin boat. And it’s not a new one either!
This is his THIRD such trip. He takes goods to a tribe in PNG and catches fish and meets new people along the way.
Not to mention a diet of mud crabs, crays and barra.
It’s not always easy, he has just spent several days on a mudflat, then his motor broke down.
Read it all here … http://www.facebook.com/FriendsofPapuaNewGuinea