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Sunday Territorian 24 Aug 2014



Sunday Territorian 24 Aug 2014


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.

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44 OUTDOORS SUNDAY AUGUST 24 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Night action heating up in the harbour THE harbour is producing some great fish. It was a windy week, but keen fishos made the best of it by heading out during the evening lull. Photos doing the rounds on the internet last week were proof of the results. Barramundi bite well at night, when they are usually easy enough to find around wharves and rock walls. Queenfish and trevally are also a chance, especially under lights. Lures, worked close to rock walls and wharves, will also get good-sized golden snapper and mangrove jacks. Squid are another option under lights at the top of the tide, and it is also a good time to net sardines for bait. Regardless, you only have to wait a few weeks and the south-easter will be gone. The build-up season approaches and it wont be long before endless warm, calm days arrive. The build-up is arguably the best time of year to fish the Top End. It is a good time to plan long trips, or book a charter to the wide shoals where incredible reef fishing can be had. Close to the city, the harbour comes alive from about mid-September as fish start feeding more aggressively. Pencil fishing time into your calendar for October, which is usually the peak month. After October, heat and storms become more intense, making fishing a little trickier. In reports, Tackle World Coolalingas Pat Tait said fellow staffer Shane Compain had a great week fishing the evening lull. He and his mates caught quite a few fish flicking the harbour rock walls, he said. Another fellow caught some great harbour barra an 83cm fish, a 75, and a couple of smaller ones, all at night. They just find the little eddies around the rock walls and cast to them. Shane said fast-retrieved shallow lures worked well. They also caught trevally along the walls. I think people are finally realising how good the harbour can be now, because of the internet. Before, you didnt know much about who was catching what, but word really gets around now. Shane also went to the Fenton Patches one evening and they hooked some big jewfish they were smashed up a few times and a tiger shark was taking big jewfish off the lines. Shane told me conditions out there were good late in the day. Theres been some nice spanish mackerel in the harbour as well. Shady Camp barrage has been fishing well, on both sides. A local couple were out there on Monday night and Brothers James and William Murdoch (top) have some success on the banks of the Edith River, 50km north of Katherine while (above) James shows off the end result 78cm of happiness Tackle Worlds Shane Optimus Compain with Stephen Bennett and a cracker harbour trevally Shane has been cleaning up by fishing the harbour rock walls at night THIS WEEKS TIDES Time Ht Time Ht Time Ht Time Ht Time Ht Time Ht Time Ht Copyright. National Tidal Centre, Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology. Time in 24 hour clock, height (Ht) in metres above Chart Datum. Times stated are Central Standard Time. Sun 24 Mon 25 Tue 26 Wed 27 Thu 28 Fri 29 Sat 30 0557 6.46 0012 1.63 0042 1.47 0109 1.39 0135 1.42 0159 1.54 0224 1.75 1214 2.49 0628 6.72 0657 6.90 0721 7.02 0744 7.06 0806 7.01 0829 6.86 1745 5.94 1238 2.19 1302 1.91 1328 1.67 1356 1.49 1426 1.40 1458 1.43 1817 6.26 1849 6.50 1920 6.66 1951 6.73 2022 6.71 2055 6.59 m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m

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