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Sunday Territorian 12 Jun 2016



Sunday Territorian 12 Jun 2016


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SUNDAY JUNE 12 2016 FISHING & HUNTING FRONTIER 47 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA being caught around the Six Mile and Fenton Patches. Crews have been jigging jewfish at the Fenton Patches, and mackerel at North Gutter. There have been some nice barra caught by livebaiters at the Finniss River mouth. The Daly River has been producing barra on live cherabin on the turn of the tide. Some have been reporting 15-fish days, with the water starting to turn a nice green colour. Corroboree and Hardies have been producing a few barra. The guides are saying the barra are moving around and you have to look for them. One bloke went to the entrance of the Rock Hole channel at Corroboree Billabong and got some nice fish at night. There are still a few mud crabs being caught. Katherine Rod and Rifles Warren de With said there had not been many reports. The Victoria River could be good this weekend. Some people have been fishing the freshwater section and doing OK, he said. The water temperature is still high for June, at around 28C and higher. We are selling a lot of fans to the tourists, who are finding it a bit warm. There are juvenile fish about in the Katherine River, which is only now just starting to clear up. The Roper River is not fishing that well because it got dirty from late rain, and it needs time to settle and clear. Offshore fishing has been great because of calm conditions, but it may change once the high-pressure system forms up and the wind starts. S ENATOR Nigel Scullion has often supported hunters and shooters, and once again he has put his hand into his own pocket to donate $2000 to NTFGA to promote shooting and hunting among our youth. NT Field and Game considered how best to spend this and settled on purchasing two .410 double barrel shotguns (pictured, with some young fans). This now completes the suite of 28 and 20 gauge shotguns for the kids and ladies to use when they come into the shooting sports. When buying guns for ladies and children a number of things have to be considered because of the physical differences. Most shotguns on the shelf have been made for the average size man and will fit most men. But in the main they do not suit most women and children. First, the gauge and weight of the gun needs to suit the strength and size of the shooter. Smaller gauge shotguns can produce less felt recoil and a 28 gauge or .410 is great for this. They also weigh considerably less, but sadly cannot be used for goose hunting. The length of pull (LOP), the distance from the trigger to the centre of the butt, would in most cases be 14-15ins for a man, but for women it would usually be from 12.75-14.25ins. Women often have longer necks than men, so a different drop at comb is required. This can be altered by putting a sleeve over the stock and inserting thin strips of padding to raise the comb. Many women are left-eye dominant, so a stock cast for a left-handed shooter is often required. The pitch of the butt must allow room for a ladys chest, to allow a smooth, comfortable and consistent gun mount. I would suggest guns for ladies and children not have a palm swell, as their hands are smaller and need to fit around a slimmer neck. A Prince of Wales grip would be ideal. So if you want your lady or child to join you on the range or in the swamp, there are a few more things to take into account when you gear them up for the day. Come on down to the NT Field and Game range at Micket Creek Shooting Complex, Brandt Rd, Berrimah at 8am and join in the John Wayne Memorial simulated field 75 clay target shoot today. Practice as usual from 4pm every Friday. Join Field and Game, www.fga.net.au Join SSAA, www.ssaa.org.au Join Australian Deer Association www.austdeer.asn.au Like NT Field and Game on Facebook. Email: fnflodge1@bigpond.com PUTTING WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST WHEN IT COMES TO HUNTING GEAR BART IRWIN Malcom Oats came all the way from the USA to fish the Top End and caught two for the price of one. The queenfish and brassy trevally were caught on a pencil popper Picture: OBSESSION FISHING SAFARIS I Need a HIRO Land-based sensei Hiroaki Nakamura shares his hard-won knowledge on catching the mighty barramundi without a boat Pauses can play an important role in barramundi fishing on lures. But barramundi can also be caught by steadily retrieving lures without pauses. They are not easily caught in my usual locations if the sea conditions are unsatisfactory. On the contrary, small trevally are easily caught, although there are also exceptions to this. Pauses dont play an important role in trevally fishing on lures. Continuous rotational movements play an important role in this kind of fishing. By using rhythmical movements, the results can be excellent. Children will delight in small trevally fishing because they can feel a very strong tug on the fishing line. And the best thing is it is very easy. I went fishing last Sunday and the sea surface was just as flat as the day before in the morning. The water was clear. Barramundi wont take lures positively under conditions like that in the day time in my usual fishing locations. So I didnt catch any barramundi in the morning. But the barramundi fishing in the creek is an exception. I hooked a very heavy barramundi on a lure in the creek near my place at night in the same day. The water surface was very flat at that time. Trevally would take lures positively in that kind of situation. As a result, I caught some trevally at Channel Island in the morning. I used a soft plastic bait. It would be alright to use a small popper, minnow and metal jig. LOWDOWN Squidgies Fish Colour: Mint Jelly Size: 70mm Where: Shallow water 30cm-50cm Water: Clear outgoing Line: Sufix 15LB braid Leader line: Schneider 45LB Knot: The Slim Beauty Knot Reel: Shimano Stella 2500FE Rod: Wilson Live Fibre Sportfishing Series Blade N Tails Light Clip: Force Ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #2 Action: Twitch, twitch and jerk Check out Hiros blog: secretbarramundi.blogspot.com.au The weather could change at any time, but if the calm continues, take advantage of it

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