NT Wet 2015/16 begins well

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.

Catch wild NT barramundi, and more

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.

Four of the NT’s $10,000 barra caught

The Northern Territory great Million Dollar Fish promotion saw 75 tagged barra worth $10,000 each, and a 76th fish worth $1 million, released into various Top End waters to promote tourism.

If you though this promotion was a bit of a croc and none of the fish would be caught, you were wrong!

The Million Dollar Fish comp started only in October, and four of the $10k barramundi have already been caught.

Read the story about the fourth fish, taken from Corroboree Billabong here.

There’s never been a better time to fish the Top End, with the Million Dollar Fish event running until the end of February 2016. The fish have been released across the NT, so you have a chance to catch one no matter where you fish.

Grab your copy of the northern fishing bible North Australian FISH FINDER today and start planning, or make is simple and just book a trip with a professional barramundi guide.

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75 barra each with a $10,000 prize tag

We interrupt our total lack of 2015 posts with a hugely important update … Tourism NT has launched a promotion where 75 tagged barramundi worth $10,000 each will be released into Territory waterways.

A 76th barra with $1m on its head will also be released, with fishing for the prize fish allowed between October 2015 and February 2016.

Now this is the best reason there is ever likely to be for taking the boat north, or flying up and booking a guided trip. Grab a North Australian FISH FINDER book today and start planning.

The $10,000 tagged ‘silver nuggets’ will be released across the NT, and the book has those spots covered with rockbar maps etc.

Get more info about the NT’s Million Dollar Fish promotion here. You must register to enter fish.

Good luck!

And by the way, the lack of posts here is because we spend most of our time these days at www.fishingterritory.com

Christmas presents for fishermen

For dad’s new deckie …. “Livebait” shirts available as rompers and t-shirts in pink and blue, manufactured with good quality, cool cotton. With the FISH FINDER TM seal of approval!

Have a look at them here.

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NT Barra Classic 2014 final results

The Daly River was in good condition for the event at the end of May, but carrying only average fish stocks after an average wet season.

The bumper year of 2010/11, when Daly catch records fell, was still on everyone’s minds.

Fishing was fairly slow, but some big barramundi were caught by Classic competitiors.

Just like the NT Barra Nationals earlier in the month, most of the big fish were caught on the bigger tides. During the neapest tides fishing was very slow.

Catch stats were interesting: there were 116 fish from 40-49cm, 224 from 50-59cm, 92 from 60-69cm, 11 from 70-79cm, five from 80-89cm, three from 90-99cm, and 14 at a metre or more.

This data and that from the Barra Nationals earlier in the month suggest the 80cm to 100cm class seems to be almost missing from the river. It is not unusual for year classes to vary in numbers, presumably because of seasonal events that affect young fish survival, and perhaps older fish mortality in billabongs some years.

Most Meritorious Fish: Josh Ker 120cm barra (pictured below).

There were 462 fish caught and tagged over the week of the competition.

Champion Team: Reel Easy – Skev Politis, Eddie Carroll, Neil Mellon
Runner Up Local Team: Top End Tackle World – Shane and Steve Compain, Terry Ryan
Runner Up Visiting Team: Fire Fin (WA) – Jay Wheelock, Damien Bode, Adam Falkenberg
Runner Up Mixed Team: Bigfish – Josh Ker, Tom McCullough, Richard Todd

Champion Angler: Steve Compain
Champion Lady Angler: Marion Washington

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