Along with a potential record wet season for the Top End, the best since 2011, the year 2017 has brought us the latest edition of the great North Australian FISH FINDER book. This book started in the NT and is still the undisputed Barra Bible for fishing remote northern Australia, especially around Darwin.
It is a must if you are chasing the Territory’s Million Dollar Fish, which was 100 x $10,000 tagged barra in 2017/18. This great promo is likely to run again in 2018/19.
As well as revealing where the best reefs, rockbars, wrecks and ramps are, this huge book of fishing maps and data gives readers chances to win Lowrance HDS9 units, Berkley portable outboards, and more.
Get a copy at www.fishfinderbooks.com if you want to take advantage of the various barra pack deals, or grab a copy at your local newsagent or tackle store.
There’s been some amazing things happening in Season 2 of Million Dollar Fish.
The event kicked off on October 1 and already there have been SIX of the $10,000 fish caught!
The event closes at the end of February 2017.
The most recent barramundi was a 77cm barra caught at the Daly River on Sunday October 16 by Nikita Jason from the Daly River.
Ms Jason’s partner Kurt Baumann is a previous winner who caught a $10,000 barra earlier this month in the family’s favourite spot, as well as a $10,000 barra in Season 1.
“I was overwhelmed when I saw the tag, I just couldn’t believe it,” Ms Jason told Tourism NT.
“I don’t go fishing regularly, but my partner Kurt fishes for our family every day.
“We were at our usual spot at Daly River crossing and we caught five barra on Sunday night. I use a black and white rubber lure and Kurt uses a special flick technique.”
When asked what her lucky charm was, Ms Jason said it was her children.
CrownBet CEO Matt Tripp said the regular return of Million Dollar Fish red tags was no surprise.
“How can we be surprised? It seems along with the best fishing locations in Australia the Northern Territory also has the best recreational anglers,” he said.
“Well done to Nikita, it looks like the Daly River is the place to be chasing red tagged Barramundi, given it’s the third to be caught in that location this year.”
In Season 2 of Million Dollar Fish, 101 barramundi were tagged and released across the Territory with 100 carrying $10,000 cash prize tags.
Don’t despair if you haven’t caught one as there are still 94 $10,000 barra out there and the prized million dollar fish is yet to be caught.
And you have until February 28, 2017.
Participants must register online at www.milliondollarfish.com.au.
The Northern Territory will be the place to fish from October this year (2016), with possibly the world’s largest fish lottery kicking off for a second season.
Season 1 of Million Dollar Fish saw 10 of 75 tagged barramundi caught.
The high recapture rate proved the cynics wrong … the fish did not just disappear after being tagged.
One bloke even caught two of the tagged fish, worth $20,000!
There were 74 fish worth $10,000 and a 75th was worth $1 million.
Fortunately, barramundi are a tough fish that survive tag and release well.
More to the point … will fishermen survive the heat from October!
Morning and afternoon fishing will be the name of the game.
Season 2 will see 100 of the tagged fish available for capture, 25 more than Season 1.
The fish are released right across the Top End.
Good recaptures rates were reported in Darwin Harbour, but fishos will also have a good chance at the Daly River, Corroboree Billabong, Roper River and Bynoe Harbour, among other places.
How do you win?
Just get the best northern info, and fish hard.
The info is in the North Australian FISH FINDER maps and GPS data book, now in its 11th edition.
Grab a copy at www.fishfinderbooks.com
A low pressure rain system stopped over the western Top End and Daly River last week and just sat there. As I write this the Daly was fast reaching major flood level, possibly about to create an unprecedented flood event.
This could be great news for the upcoming barramundi fishing run-off season, and is highly unusual, because the Weather Bureau predicted a late, below-average Wet as a result of the near record El Nino that is in full swing.
El Ninos are maligned by barramundi fishos. But if this is El Nino weather for the NT, it bodes well for barra fishing!
However, it will take follow-up rain in January and February to lock in the benefits of the Christmas flood. The Top End’s Finniss and Victoria Rivers also got rain, while the Adelaide River is getting it as I write. The rain is slowly moving east towards the Mary River and Kadadu catchments.
Barramundi fishing in the NT’s rivers is all about rain, a long flood through to March can keep barra in the rivers for the rest of the dry season.
The NT has had several poor wet seasons and a good rain was needed.
tatistics show La Nina years follow El Ninos, and La Ninas have traditionally brought heaps of rain to the Top End. Here’s hoping for two great wet seasons, if it happens you should hit the NT for some mind-blowing barramundi fishing.
Add on top the Million Dollar Fish tagged barra promotion until February.
Meanwhile, our thoughts to the Daly River community who are now packing their bags in anticipation of the flood event that is about to happen, an unfortunate side effect of all this wonderful rain.
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.
But with the 404-page book called North Australian FISH FINDER now available, with maps of rockbars, reefs, boat ramps and more, it has never been easier to plan your own self-drive fishing adventure.
Either way, a little knowledge and planning will vastly improve your chances, and this website will help you with that.