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Sunday Territorian 29 May 2016



Sunday Territorian 29 May 2016


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SUNDAY MAY 29 2016 FISHING & HUNTING FRONTIER 47 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Shane Compain were pleased to win the recent NT Barramundi Classic on the Daly River. The river was really low and it was hard fishing throughout the comp, Chris said. There were quite a few small barra about though, which is good. Elsewhere, there have been crabs around a mate got a feed at Little West Arm during the week. The biggest one was 19cm across the shell. They have been getting a few crabs in the harbour, but nothing outstanding. I was out on Wednesday in West Arm and went up and down all day, looking for fish. The tide was a bit high, but I found barra on the flats, and then the breeze cut in and dirtied up the water. But the fish I saw were a good size, to 80cm. They were very spooky. I was using bream gear and casting well ahead of them, but they still spooked when the lure landed. As long as the wind is not stirring the mud the viz can be good on big tides on the flats, although I usually fish the neaps. It was a beautiful day out there, you couldnt ask for better. I saw tuna as I was going across the harbour. There have been a few macks around out wide. Lee Point has been OK for pelagics, and there have been a few barra caught out at Gunn Point. There have been very few reports from the billabongs. Tackle World Coolalingas Tennyson Curtis said there were plenty of pelagic fish around Darwin, including queenfish, trevally, tuna and mackerel. There have been some good reefies out of Dundee, he said. This weekend should be good as the tides arent too bad. They are getting some nice barra at Shady Camp, with a 123cm caught off the barrage. There have been a few smaller barra caught at Buffalo Creek, and some queenfish off Cullen Bay sandbar, and at Lee Point. There are Spanish mackerel in the harbour too. Billabong reports have been quiet, with a few barra being caught at Corroboree, but mostly toga and tarpon, with the exception of one 92cm barra. A few people have been hitting Manton Dam, but no reports are coming back. There are lots of juvenile jewies being caught wide of Darwin, and some out of Dundee. I have not heard any billfish reports. The wind reports have been good; hopefully this weekend will be a good one for fishos. Fishing and Outdoor Worlds Grant Hatcher said there had been a load of pelagics in the harbour. The neapish tides were good for tuna, queenfish and trevally, right through from Charles point to Woods Inlet and across to Lee Point, he said. East Point has been good for queenfish, both off the rocks and out of boats. They have been busting up on the rising tides they like a bit of tidal movement. The tuna have been better on the neaps. The boys have been getting a few barra in the billabongs, but most are chasing saratoga on fly and doing OK, they are well worth a look. We still have not had proper dry season weather. The highs have not been strong enough to give us a proper dry season surge, but at least it is keeping the water temperature up. Bynoe and Darwin Harbours are still producing barra on the flats and gutters. Others have been doing all right bottom bashing at the Peron Islands for jewies and snapper. At Shady Camp some guys did OK at the mouth on salmon and barra because there was no wind and the water cleaned up. Katherine Rod and Rifles Warren de With said it had been warm. The fishing has been pretty quiet down this end, the big tides slow people down on the Victoria River, he said. There have been some fish caught in the Victoria and Roper freshwater. But access to the Roper fresh is hard, being pretty much limited to Roper Bar. There have been people heading down to the Limmen Bight River and they have been getting the odd fish, but there are not many reports from down the track yet. The weather has been OK for it though, so there will be fish caught. On the fishingterritory.com forum the FFF Seadogs Barra + Jewfish round for May has two days left with a 114cm jewfish leading the way. This free comp runs all year. I Need a HIRO Land-based sensei Hiroaki Nakamura shares his hard-won knowledge on catching the mighty barramundi without a boat I am a not rich fisherman. I often use Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm lures for land-based fishing in my usual fishing locations. Mongrel is one of the best lures of my fishing life. I caught a 102cm barramundi on Mongrel 90mm in Drop-Bear colour and an 85cm barramundi on Mongrel 90mm in Aussie Herring colour. I have caught many other barramundi on Mongrel 90mm so far. Please note, I am not PR staff for Squidgy. Not only can you catch many barramundi with a Mongrel, but you can use it many times repeatedly by strengthening a weak part of the softplastic body. Do this by coating the underside of the fish head with adhesive (see picture). This prevents the soft-plastic part wearing off, without damaging the material. I use the Squidgy Slick Rig Jighead 8.5g and Berkley Owner Nitro Jighead oz for the Mongrel 90mm. Inserting a jighead in the soft plastic of a Mongrel is easy. No skill is required. The jighead and softplastic body can be ideally set up every time. In addition, in order to make the positions of eyes clear and accurate on a Mongrel, you can draw the eyes with permanent marker. You will gain nothing by way of increasing the number of bites of barramundi. But making the positions of eyes clear and accurate on a Mongrel will mean if a barramundi goes for your lure it is more likely to get hooked, because they aim at the eyes of their bait fish. Check out Hiros blog: secretbarramundi.blogspot.com.auI TS good to see a politician keep their word. When Chief Minister Adam Giles told me he would make sure adequate funding became available to control weeds at Harrison Dam, I was impressed. When the cheque came through for $25,000 last week I was elated. NT Field and Game has been involved in weed control at Harrison Dam since 2009. This is a 150 per cent increase in funding for this vital work over an 18-month period. Harrison Dam, part of the old Humpty Doo rice trial area, has gradually become infested with the semiaquatic pasture grass olive hymenachne. It is also at risk from the invasive mimosa pigra. Harrison Dam and the surrounding billabongs form a significant area for the seasonal recreational hunting of water fowl and as such are highly valued by the NTFGA. The area forms part of the Adelaide River Conservation Reserve and is managed by the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT. Olive hymenachne chokes the ponded areas of Harrison Dam, excluding native vegetation and smothering open areas of water. The weed hinders sighting and retrieval of fowl, reducing the efficiency of hunting. Olive hymenachne will never be eradicated from the Adelaide River catchment, but protection of assets such as Harrison Dam from the impact of weeds is a strong community concern. Mimosa pigra is present in the areas surrounding the dam. Mimosa is a serious problem in the Adelaide River catchment, smothering thousands of hectares of flood plain. In the Harrison Dam area it is sparse. Active monitoring and control of outbreaks should keep it this way. The intention of this plan is for a significant decrease in the presence of olive hymenachne, reducing its effect on the dams native flora and its users. Investment in preventing mimosa from establishing in the dam area is also a strategic priority. An extensive management plan has been developed in conjunction with NT Weeds Branch, NT Parks and Wildlife and NTFGA. This will involve aerial and airboat spraying, followed up with ground spraying with Quick Spray units and spot spraying from quad bikes. Anyone wishing to join in this conservation effort can email the address below for details. And dont forget NTFGA holds quality sporting clay target shooting every Friday from 4-9pm. All welcome. 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 JOIN THE FIGHT TO BEAT INVASIVE DAM WEEDS BART IRWIN Jason 'Back-cast' Rogers with an unusual catch, a nursery fish, caught on the Daly River, trolling a Reidys lure Harrison Vaughan with a flathead at Elizabeth River 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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