Sunday Territorian 20 Jul 2014
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44 OUTDOORS SUNDAY JULY 20 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Perfect opportunity to land a decent catch THE mackerel and tuna tides are back late next week. With a bit of luck the persistent wind that has been blowing will have eased off by then. A small low pressure system is following the big high pressure system east across Australia and might bring respite to the southeasters. About the same time the tides will be neaping, and the water clearing off Darwin. That means it is time to get the lures out and chase some queenfish, trevally, tuna and mackerel. It is the queenfish month on the annual FFF Seadogs competition at www.fishingterritory.com and some great skinnies have been entered. Queenfish are one of the Top Ends great species and you have to wonder how barramundi became more famous. They jump higher, go faster, and hit lures just as hard. They look impressive and grow to a large size. And they are not too bad to eat either, if served fresh. To catch queenfish, bait small casting lures such as marabou jigs or tuna slugs and cast them on mono leaders. Anywhere a current pushes around rocks is a likely spot, but queenfish will show up anywhere. They can be found feeding in schools like tuna, or mixed in with other pelagic fish. Trolling barra lures along beaches and past headlands will catch queenfish. Mackerel will be everywhere next week, including close to the city at Lee Point. Billabongs are still pretty average, so the bluewater is looking like the place to fish. Dont forget the crab pots. In reports, on the www.fish ingterritory.com forums FFFer Buzzdog took his au pair girl Dayna for a fish in the harbour, where she caught her first fish. He wrote: I headed out to East Arm again with our au pair Dayna, with the intention to get her a fish. The morning started off slow and as the tide continued running out we headed up Reichardt Creek to fish the low. We started off by checking out a few drains, without much luck at first, and eventually settled by one of the larger drains. Persevering for half an hour or so seemed to work as Dayna hooked up. At first she thought she was snagged, until it started to run and headshake, she was super excited to say the least. The fish put up a bit of a tussle and as she brought it close to the boat, it surfaced. At first I wasnt too sure what it was until we netted it and brought it aboard. Upon a closer look Dayna had landed a nice grunter, the pretty little thing went 44cm and after a few pictures, we popped him back in. She was stoked, it was Daynas first fish in Australia and it was a good one. It was my turn next. Initially caught off guard, I hooked and landed a small but feisty 54cm barra. The little guy put on a show for us and once we measured him and took a few pics, we popped a tag in and released him. The next couple of fish we caught surprised me. We caught flathead. I caught the first one, which went 35cm and Dayna caught the second, which went 45cm. It was funny, we both were equally excited, Dayna because it was her second fish in the NT, and me because flathead are a species I wasnt expecting to catch here, let alone two. We released both to fight another day. All in all it was a great day on the water and a day of firsts for Dayna and I. There were plenty of happy fishos on this Arafura Bluewater Charter recently, fishing wide off Darwin Deana Snell with a golden trevally caught during an Arafura Bluewater Charters fishing trip 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 20 Mon 21 Tue 22 Wed 23 Thu 24 Fri 25 Sat 26 0532 2.94 0048 5.45 0215 5.37 0345 5.60 0451 5.98 0541 6.33 0621 6.61 1124 5.84 0640 3.45 0810 3.67 0954 3.55 1108 3.23 1154 2.90 1228 2.62 1840 2.13 1221 5.33 1352 5.02 1524 5.07 1625 5.31 1710 5.60 1747 5.88 1952 2.27 2110 2.23 2218 2.04 2310 1.80 2352 1.58 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