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Sunday Territorian 12 Jun 2016



Sunday Territorian 12 Jun 2016


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46 FRONTIER FISHING & HUNTING SUNDAY JUNE 12 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 R ecent unseasonably warm and calm June weather was good for flats fishing in harbour arms. Mobs of barra and salmon were reported in Darwin and Bynoe Harbours, although getting them to hit a lure was not always easy. One skipper took a newbie fly fishing crew into Bynoe Harbour and saw heaps of fish, but they had trouble presenting a fly. Flats fishing within estuaries is one of the delights of Top End fishing. Flats are best fished in calm weather, which allows the water to clear. And thats what it has been like this year, with mostly calm mornings and no south-easterly bluster. The weather looks like it has changed now, with big high pressures moving across Australia. But it is still possible to find places out of the wind to fish the flats. If you want to try flats fishing, get some small soft plastics and resin jig heads. Prawn imitations such as the Ecooda are also good. Shallow-running hardbody lures in small sizes can work well, with a better hookup rate. Small, light lures are more easily cast with light spinning gear than baitcaster reels, so you get a light spinning outfit. Move into the flats on the incoming tide and keep your eyes open. Polarised eyewear is a must. Barra can be sociable fish and will sit in schools, as well as singly or in pairs. Salmon and barra will sometimes be seen cruising, on the hunt. Generally, a lure must be cast well in front of a fish to not spook it. Because you can see the fish, this is exciting fishing. Not all harbour barra are small. In Bynoe Harbour in particular, you have every chance of finding 80cm-plus barra. Theres never been a better time to spend a few days fishing out of Bynoes Crab Claw Island, or doing some quick day trips into Darwin Harbour. Youll need neaps or building tides for best results. Try to avoid fishing immediately after a cold snap. Meanwhile, the fish of the moment on the FFF Seadogs brag mat competition at fishingterritory.com is queenfish. Queenfish are easy to catch on big tides; just troll the rips around reefs, headlands and rock walls. During smaller tides they show up in schools, chasing bait balls. During bigger tides, big lures will sort out big queenfish from small ones, and red and white is a good colour for them. At other times, especially when the water is clear, skinnies can be flighty and small slugs or soft plastics are needed to make them strike. Meanwhile, Territory folk were horrified last week to see footage of two adults and a child kayaking at Shady Camp. This is incredibly dangerous. History has shown that crocodiles will attack canoes. You might get away with doing it nine out of 10 times, but it is only luck that saves you. Darwins kayak fraternity uses areas near the city, where there are fewer crocodiles, and even then it is a somewhat risky practice, as crocodiles can show up anywhere. To go kakaying at Shady Camp, which has a large number of huge resident saltwater crocodiles, is madness. In reports, Fishing and Outdoor Worlds Grant Hatcher said mackerel were the fish of the moment last week. Mackies have been biting well at the Vernon Islands, North and South Gutters, and Dundee, with plenty of good reports, he said. Barra and salmon on the last flats have been pretty good coming off the neaps. The weather has been warm and we have had calm mornings, which is not normal June weather. Berry Springs and Humpty Doo got rain last week. We were out at South Shell Island, looked back at the rural area and it was all thunderheads. I noticed while launching the boat last weekend that the water was still warm, which is always a good sign when barra fishing. But we got a 20lb brassy trevally for our efforts. Darwin Harbour has been worth a look for barra on the flats, and there have been tuna between Lee Point, East Point and Mandorah. Usually the tuna have been around at the top of the tide. Some boys did well flicking for saratoga at Corroboree Billabong, because it has stayed warm the toga have been biting well. There have been a few jewies around Charles Point in the usual spots. Craigs Fishing Warehouses Mal Strong said Bynoe Harbour had lots of of barra and catfish on the flats last week. Trevor Robb and Craig Grosvenor went on Tuesday and saw plenty of barra, but they were hard to get, he said. The ones they hooked they lost. They got a couple of small threadies, with plenty seen chasing tiny prawns. They were fishing the middle reaches of the harbour in the creeks. They saw some barra around the 80cm mark. It is still hot. We have been getting clouds like it is going to rain, which is unusual for June, but good for barra fishing. There are still plenty of snapper and jewies have you got a catch to brag about? email it to frontier@news. com.au Hooked up Whether youre trolling for a big barra on the Daly, flicking a plastic into the lilies on a Kakadu billabong, or chasing macs on the blue water, weve got you covered matt Flynn Fishing Blake Readett with his first coral trout catch, which measured 52cm and was caught near Entrance Island, Maningrida Ashleigh Baldwin with a Spanish flag caught at Maningrida NEW SHOP NOW OPEN - 36 Cavenagh Street All the leading brands @ genuine prices with no membership & no gimmicks. Storewide savings, well do you a deal THE TERRITORYS ORIGINAL TACKLE STORE FOR OVER 40 YEARS OPEN UNTIL 8.30pm FRIDAY NIGHTS (Startin g 3rd J une) OPEN 7 DAYS 08 8981 6398

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