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.