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Sunday Territorian 14 Feb 2016



Sunday Territorian 14 Feb 2016


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T HERE were encouraging reports from the lower Daly River last week. The South Alligator River also produced fish, with a good amount of water on the floodplain. The Mary River was into the carpark at the Arnhem Hwy Bridge, which is good news for Shady Camp, which had been flowing a slow, smelly trickle over the barrage. Quality chrome barra have been taken on livebaits at the mouth of the Finniss River. But despite these glimmers of hope, a big year of barra fishing rests upon serious monsoonal rain falling, and it is not looking good. The heavy isolated storm falls have helped, but they can only do so much. Reports suggest there are plenty of just legal barra available, but bigger fish are harder to find. Changes in year class abundance are normal with barra, as the timing and strength of each years wet season plays a big part in the survival of young. In reports, Craigs Fishing Warehouses Trevor Robb said the past few days had been quite good for barra fishos. The Daly River has been fishing OK from Catfish and Elliott Creeks downstream, with a lot of boofing heard along the banks and fish being caught on soft plastic lures, he said. Some boats have been landing up to 40 fish in a day. A lot of the fish are swampies, so it appears there has been a flush out of the Daly billabongs. The lads from the Ranger mine said the top of the South Alligator River has been doing quite well on the floodplains. Apparently there is a lot of water up there now, and they are getting some fish in the 80s. There will probably be big fish pushing up there with the big tides. Someone was sitting at the South Alligator River boat ramp and saw the water coming down as rapids as the tide fell. Because there is such a small channel now the water really condensed into the channel and picked up pace. Another customer said the flow up there was such there were big pressure waves, standup waves, in the river. Hopefully the rain will get some of the mudbars out of the South Alligator and it will settle down a bit. We have been getting afternoon storms dropping 100mm in some areas and the water is into the carpark at the Mary River bridge lagoon. The occasional good fish is coming in from the Shady Camp barrage, just smaller stuff. The water has cleaned up a bit now. It was stinky for a while and no one could raise a scale. There was a 119cm barra caught off the bank at the mouth of the Finniss River on a live bait. But now we have a cyclone off Queensland in the Coral Sea that might draw the NT weather away. Darwin Harbour has been fairly tough, most of the local harbour gurus have been doing it hard for barra. We went to Middle Arm last Sunday and there were 36 cars in the carpark, which was a surprise. There has been some calm days out the front, but there has not been much news and we arent selling much reefie bait, so I dont think people are going bluewater fishing. Of course the eighth $10,000 tagged barra was caught, which is great news. Tackle World Coolalingas Pat Tait said the Daly River was on the drop and should fish well. People fishing towards the mouth have been getting some good catches, the biggest we know about being 112cm. There have been storms around. The South 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 Melita Rogers with a cracker bar-cheeked coral trout from the Witch's Nose, wide of Dundee Beach, caught fishing with her husband Jason N T Field and Game continues to build the biggest hunting and clay target shooting club in the Territory, thanks to the NT Government. Recent successful grants will see our club become more family friendly with the construction of a childrens playground. NTFGA wants to encourage Darwin families to spend quality time together and provide opportunities for them to connect with other families with similar interests. Added to this grant, NTFGA has received another grant that will help supply power to our facilities. A generator shed is planned to help our night shooting program, along with energising our general infrastructure. Hunters are masters at recycling and so it is that NT Field and Game has been very busy building with recycled products. We dont waste a thing. Clay target trap houses have been built with recycled steel and iron sheeting. These make our Friday set up so much easier. Atop the clay target houses recycled solar panels charge recycled 12v car batteries that operate our auto traps. Our manual traps have been assembled from second-hand traps and sit upon recycled ink drums. Refundable beverage containers provide us with an income that adds to the club revenue. A recycled septic tank and ablution block provide our sanitation needs. A recycled 28m radio tower will be installed in the future to provide a range of sky-high targets never seen before in the NT. The litter bin sets that NT Field and Game built and installed at Harrison Dam were constructed with recycled oil drums. Recycled shipping containers make up the basis of our storage and workshop area. Plant cuttings enhance our gardens with frangipani and self-sown poinciana trees brought along by members to add to the amenity. NT Field and Game is happy to receive useful second-hand building materials, car/ marine 12v batteries and refundable drink containers. We can often breathe life back into a battery for our purposes, and building materials like structural steel and roofing iron are like gold to this fledgling sporting club. Please call me on 0408 895 145 if you have anything to donate. NTFGA holds quality sporting clay target shooting every Friday from 4-9pm. All are 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 REUSING AND RECYCLING THE NAME OF THE GAME BART IRWIN have you got a catch to brag about? email it to frontier@news. com.au 46 FRONTIER FISHING & HUNTING SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 NT Field and Game Association has built this trap house almost entirely out of recycled materials