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Sunday Territorian 14 Feb 2016



Sunday Territorian 14 Feb 2016


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Alligator River has been getting rain so it should start to pick up. The Adelaide River is still producing a few barra, but is patchy, with Beatrice Creek the pick of the spots. We had a customer say they caught two good fish in 20 minutes off the beach at the Finniss River mouth, a 68 and 72. Someone trolled a few up at the Finniss River mouth about a week ago, but most people are going down there livebaiting. Shane Compain was at Shady Camp on Friday and Saturday last and they got some fish on the Friday, a 110, a 98 and some 70s and 80s, and then on Saturday they struggled, with five fish for the day, and no big ones. There were heaps of fish showing on the sounder at the mouth of Sampan Creek. It can be very frustrating not catching fish when you can see a huge amount of fish on the sounder. That area has since copped some rain so it might pick up. On the bigger tides I would pick the Daly as the go-to river. A few muddies have been caught at the mouth of the Adelaide River, but most have been empty. Katherine Rod and Rifles Warren de With said there had not been enough rain. Not many people are catching fish the Roper has missed out again, and we have had just one rain day here in February, he said. The Victoria River came up a little and the Daly did better, but it is still nowhere near enough. Mark Rolle from Helifish said his fishing records show his catch of big fish is way down, but smaller fish are up. The bigger fish being missing has shown up in comp results. This year will be interesting with the Daly River because they have had a major flood and there are reports of a lot of cherabin moving through. The million dollar question is where the bigger ones are and will they come back into the river? Are they out there somewhere just waiting to come back into the river when the bait builds up? We also need to consider what action to take if barra stocks are down from natural causes. Mother Nature does what it does, but we have to play our part and not damage stocks when they are vulnerable. With cattle, we can move them when conditions are bad, but with fish we cant, and we cant really see what is going on under the water, so it is harder to make decisions about what to do. But the build-up fishing was pretty good, so there may be no great reason for concern. We just need a lot of rain in the river systems to really see what numbers of barra are about. Theres been no shortage of early barra in Round 1 of the FFF Seadogs brag mat competition at www.fishingterritory.com, although no large fish have been entered, so the field is open. Another great prize is expected to be announced for the Seadogs comp early this week. Meanwhile, now that barra fishing is moving into a higher gear, fishos are reminded of the crocodile danger in the Top End. Pictures of fishos on a rock in the water at Shady Camp were a reminder of the huge risks people take just to catch a fish. NT waters are choc-a-bloc with big crocodiles, and just because you cant see them doesnt mean they arent there. Barra are great fun, but not worth dying for. I Need a HIRO Land-based sensei Hiroaki Nakamura shares his hard-won knowledge on catching the mighty barramundi without a boat WEDNESDAYS tides were big. Big tides mean the productive fishing windows were short at each fishing spot. But you still can catch many fish in the short productive fishing windows, if conditions are good. I dont like to fish around the 0.78m low tide on shallows, because the sea water easily mixes with many fine sands. I like to fish around the high tide. The high tide carries many fish into our saltwater culverts, saltwater lakes and small creeks in the city, if conditions are good. It hadnt rained for three days. In my experience I catch more when we have had no rain for 24 hours. The water level in a saltwater culvert and saltwater lake is lower when it hasnt rained for three days. The sea water cannot come into the saltwater culvert and saltwater lake in some places when the high tide fails to reach a minimum required water level. The sea water rushed in the saltwater culvert and saltwater lake in my usual fishing locations at the high tide. I caught and released a small mangrove jack two nights running. Starting this year, I caught and released four mangrove jack. On the other hand, I hooked a small barramundi, but I lost that fish when I tried to take a picture. I forgot to bring a 20lb leader line, so I used a 40lb leader line for my very light fishing gear. 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