NT Barra Nationals 2014

It has been a reasonably good run-off this year on most Top End rivers. Although by no means close to some of the record rain years in the recent past, there was enough rain to keep the rivers up for long enough, and as I write this the popular greenwater season of trolling for barramundi is well under way.
One river was exceptional – the mighty Victoria River, which had extended rain, and turned on the best barra fishing it had for a long time.
The famous NT Barra Nationals event kicks off this week on the Daly River. The previous set of big tides saw the Daly produce barra up to a stunning 133cm, including a 126cm stonker from the bank. What will happen next week with the Barra Nats boats on the water?
It is impossible to say, but I suspect the big fish might come on again.
The Daly fished well this year, although delayed access to the public ramp slowed everyone right down.
While the Top End wet season was not as good as hoped, it was enough to get barra into most rivers and the fish are now there to be caught.
The Top End’s Shady Camp produced some great barra in March and April, and monster threadfin salmon are now a regular part of the catch along the coast out of Shady Camp since the gill nets were removed.
The Barra Nationals results will be posted as they come in at www.fishingterritory.com.

Christmas gift for baby barra fishos


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.

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.

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

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

North Australian Fishing and Outdoors Magazine

North Australian Fishing and Outdoors Magazine

Corroboree Billabong barramundi fishing

Lesley Mason from Sydney with a nice Corroboree Billabong barra, caught with Obsession Fishing Safaris

Lesley Mason from Sydney with a nice Corroboree Billabong barra, caught with Obsession Fishing Safaris

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.

Darwin rain in late May …

Darwin radar May 23, 10.36pm

Darwin radar May 23, 10.36pm

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.

Not much of a wet season, but …

Ian Rees with his 107cm Daly River barra

Ian Rees with his 107cm Daly River barra

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.”

Big barramundi in the build-up

Check out this video from the Roper River, taken during a wild fishing session with Tackle World’s Shane Compain. This happened well before the wet season rains started … click here to view.

A metre-plus barramundi jumps during a wild Roper River fishing session

A snippet from the video ... a huge barramundi jumps during the wild Roper River fishing session