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.
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
It is election time in the NT, and fishing policy is always keenly watched.
Discussion has started on the www.fishingterritory.com forums about the NT CLP fishing policy pre-election release, which includes a promise to buyback a significant barra net licence and close Chambers and Finke bays to nets … read it here.
However, the following poll shows that NT fishermen are split on whether they will be voting on fishing policy, or something else … click here.
The Labor fishing policy release is here.
And here’s the latest barramundi in The Metre Club.
The NT’s Labor Government has been a leader in developing recreational barramundi fishing, by reallocating the resource away from commercial netting in selected areas.
The Top End’s barramundi fishing is now second to none, and the latest proposed changes look set to turn the fishing quality up from 10 to 11.
The proposals will increase the number of trophy fish, and remove netting from popular sportfishing areas.
Details here, after reading this you won’t want to fish anywhere else!
The attached map shows the existing no-net zone near Darwin, and the proposed new zone.