Sunday Territorian 23 Dec 2012
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42 Sunday Territorian. Sunday, December 23, 2012. www.sundayterritorian.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 3 -D E C -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 4 2 C O L O R : C M Y K Hooked up SUNDAY sundayterritorian.com.au OUTDOORS Daring to be different Ten-year-old Ethan Bradley with a jewfish caught recently at the Peron Islands Shane Goulds personal-best barra measuring 114cm, caught at Blue Mud Bay on a fishing trip with mates from Groote Eylandt IT IS often the fellows who do the hard yards that catch the best fish. And, funnily enough, complete beginners! Being willing to try something different also helps. Top End Tackle Worlds Shane Compain went to the Roper River recently, fishing big tides and dirty water. He was told the timing was wrong and he probably wouldnt catch much. The Roper is an awfully long drive from Darwin to fish in less than optimal conditions. But Shane cleaned up. It was a long drive for just two days of fishing, but we caught 30 barra, the biggest a 113cm fish, he said. Next biggest was 85cm, and the rest were 75cm to 85cm. But we lost a horse that would have been 130cm. We also caught several groper, one around 100kg they were taking big soft plastics and there seemed to be loads of them. We were fishing a deepish hole in an eddy near the mouth, bouncing lures along the bottom. We were catching a mix of jewfish, groper and barra. A mate hooked the monster barra and we got footage of it near the boat it was huge. I could have slapped the big fish with the GoPro camera the head on it was huge. There was bait coming out of its mouth when it was jumping, it was awesome. I was skippered by Stephen Bennat and it was just saltwater fishing, there was no run-off. We stripped a reel on the groper they were there in numbers. The hole was about 7m; it was not the deepest area but it had a load of fish. On the first day we only caught five fish, it was a bit of a fizzer. We started our trolling from a boat ramp near the mouth where we got a couple of fish. It was on big tides and people had told us we were wasting our time most did not want to tell us anything at all. There was no clean water, although it was a little bit clear for short times during the tide. We were mainly fishing filthy chocolate water with the soft plastics running along on the bottom. Another boat fishing with us got a 95cm barra and some 70cm fish. It was a great first trip to the Roper for me. Fishing and Outdoor Worlds Ronald Voukolos said golden snapper were the fish of the moment. This is opposite to what some people have been saying about our goldie stocks being down, although this is the goldie aggregation time, so it is hard to know just how stocks are, he said. It is important that people take a conservative approach and keep in mind barotrauma issues when a bag limit of reef fish is reached. Goldies have been biting well at the Bynoe Harbour mouth, Simms Reef, through to Fish Reef and the like all the known spots. George Voukolos went to the Peron Islands and did well in close, but the weather was ordinary. We have had good barramundi reports from Sadgroves Creek right next to the city. Grant Liam was trying to get a legal barra in the harbour on fly with fishing guide Chris Hurt, and then he went with guide Mark West. They couldnt get a barra on fly in Middle Arm, but they caught goldies, queenies and cod everything except a barra. Steve Abala also caught some good goldies in West Arm last week. This weekend it is a perfect set of smaller tides to fish the Adelaide River mouth and Leaders Creeks. But too much boat traffic will put fish down a little, so it pays to be creative when choosing where to fish rather than just follow the crowd. There will be a few people ducking over to fish the Melville Island creeks if the weather is good this weekend.
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