Sunday Territorian 20 Jul 2014
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SUNDAY JULY 20 2014 OUTDOORS 45 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Steel shot secures place in game field STRANGELY I am still confronted by people who question steel versus lead shot in the field. Non-toxic shot began being phased in across the NT from 1992 and steel shot was developed for waterfowl hunting in the US during the 1970s. There is no question that steel shot can do the job in the field. But it should be recognised that it does the job environmentally too. Ammo manufacturers have improved steel shot shells to performance levels not previously considered. Some have muzzle velocity in the 1700 fps range. If you consider the standard Winchester SuperX 36 gram #4 shot lead load that I cut my teeth on a had a muzzle velocity around 1300fps, it is no wonder steel gets in. I have shot literally tonnes of steel loads through my field guns. Not one of them has a steel proof mark stamped on the barrels. They have though in fact been proofed for steel, individually, or by batch or design. They just havent been stamped. Australia doesnt have proof laws so very few guns that come here have the steel proof stamp put on them. All the guns I use are manufactured post-WWII. They are choked from cylinder to full in fixed choked guns and the others have screw-in chokes. Not one has been damaged from using steel shot up to BB in diameter. When I first hunted the reserves around Darwin in 1995, I was the only one using goose decoys. I knew they would enhance my experience and get the birds close, right where I wanted them. Even the great Greg Chan was amazed at how effective they were. This is just one of the tools that should be used to hunt birds and make sure your steel shot counts. Dont forget 50 targets sporting clays next Sunday, July 27 at SSAA Range, Micket Creek Shooting Complex from 8:30am. All welcome. Added to this is the weekly Thursday morning clay target shoot from 9am at the same venue. Contact me at the email address below for more details. Join Field and Game, www.fga.net.au Join SSAA, www.ssaa.org.au Join Australian Deer Association www.austdeer.asn.au Like Field and Game NT on Facebook. Email: email@example.com By BART IRWIN Perfect opportunity to land a decent catch Im hoping the next time we head out, shell hook up and land a decent barra. Top End Tackle Worlds Jess Walker said there were still mackerel about on last weeks big tides. The big tides didnt stop them, but there were more about on the neaps, she said. The crabs have been really good, crabs everywhere. Theres been some nice barra caught out of Corroboree Billabong lately. A few people have been fishing off the rocks around Darwin using lures and getting queenfish and little trevally on the high tides. Land-based fishing has been good and more people are trying it lately. We have been selling a lot of marabou jigs so people are out there chasing tuna as well. Fishing and Outdoor Worlds Jason Deigan said it had been blowing hard. When people have been able to get out there mackerel have been about, he said. The mackerel have been stacked out at North and South Gutters. We didnt hear much from Mandorah on the big tides but tunas and macks were on the neaps for the land-based fishos. The billabongs are still producing loads of little barra, including waterholes in Kakadu. Mud crabs are everywhere, Shoal Bay has been the main spot, and the mouth of the Adelaide River. The road to Leaders Creek has been pretty harsh. There were not too many reports of snapper or jewie last week. Goat Island Lodges Kai Hansen said barra were being caught on the upper Adelaide River by those who knew the waterway. Each crew who knows what it is doing gets one or two keepers and a dozen small barra, he said. There are heaps of cherabin around. It is a good year for cherabin; one fisho has been up here regularly this year and gets 10 or 15 big ones to take home for a snack, plus some bait-sized ones. I have not seen any saltwater down at the Arnhem Highway boat ramp yet, it is still too early and we will see some saltwater there in a month or two, and a month after that it will get up here to Goat Island, and the mud crabs will come up with it. Its way too early to predict the next wet season we will see what wildlife is found in October and that is what really tells us what the wet season will be like; the native birds, insects and animals know best. Meanwhile, my landing is almost fixed, the pontoon has been rebuilt, which is good news for the less able-bodied who visit here. Chris Lester caught this 106cm monster on the Daly River. It was the Victorian fisherman's first time chasing barra Con Makrikostas spent three days at Shady Camp. "The fishing was really tough going with over 40 boats trolling the mouth of Sampan Creek. We did find some great colour change at feeder creeks along the coast, but on our boat we only managed to pick up one 70cm barra. So we checked out the jewie reef and managed to get a mixed bag of goldies, cod, shark, catfish and a couple of nice jewies measuring 105 and 119cm. These fish absolutely took off in the shallow waters here and were fun to catch, putting up a great fight. All in all, a great trip. You gotta love living in the Top End.Geoffrey Drabsch caught this stonker coral trout off Dundee
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