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Sunday Territorian 23 Dec 2012



Sunday Territorian 23 Dec 2012


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www.sundayterritorian.com.au Sunday, December 23, 2012. Sunday Territorian. 43 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:23-DGE:43 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K sundayterritorian.com.au SUNDAY OUTDOORS Have you got a catch to brag about? Email it to sunday@ntnews.com.au with Matt Flynn SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNDAY ORS 8 CONVENIENT DARWIN LOCATIONS TN T 0 0 7 3 CLURE A BIG ONE THIS XMAS Excludes Winnellie Cellars SUNDAYS WERE MADE FOR HUMPING WERE OPEN SUNDAYS! Keepquiet to bag your bird By BART IRWIN THE birds are very wary now after three months of hunting pressure. A bad honk on the caller will see them change direction and quickly disappear into the next postcode. I have just completed four weeks of annual leave and hunted solidly every other day most weeks. This has allowed me to enjoy some solitary hunting where geese approaching my decoys have been undisturbed by the shooting of other hunters. The big thing I noted was that leading into December any early movement of my hands or face would flare them away. A shaded face and mannequinstyle stillness until you are ready to pull off the shot when the birds are approaching the decoys is essential. In the morning face the west if possible after the sunrise and to the east in the afternoon. Keep uncovered hands and arms still. If they move you might as well wave a flag to give away your position. A camo face veil and fingerless gloves will help to disguise the movement as you prepare to take the shot. Report: Duck and geese moving out of Harrison over the trees in the morning. Exotic Pinkeared duck have been showing up in the bag along with Hardhead. It may be wise to get on to these birds if you hunt by species before they high-tail it to the floods around Tennant Creek. Shoal Bay is firing near the island and today is the last chance before Howard Swamp and Lambells Lagoon close for the season. Howard has good numbers of geese and black duck. Hunting tip: Keep quiet. It is useless if you are using a call to attract birds and one of your mates is yelling out Here they come. Rainfall for the past seven days to last Friday: Humpty Doo Collard 57mm, Shoal Bay 3mm and Middle Point 63mm, Howard Springs Nature Park 5mm. Moon phase: Waxing gibbous to the full moon on Friday. Join Field andGame: www.fga.net.au Like us on Facebook Field andGameNT Email: bart.irwin@news.com.au CORNER COLLEGE ROAD, BERRIMAH ROAD, BERRIMAH www.demountablesaleshire.com.au 1 0 1 1 3 9 3 3 Custom Design 3 Fully Transportable 3 Energy Effi ciency Rated 3 Fully Cyclone Coded NT LICENSED BUILDERS Pete Godbaz with a cod that was released, caught as part of the Reidys Lures Christmas function with Arafura Bluewater Charters can pay off Reidys Lures Monika Farrow with a great jewfish I heard a good mackerel report from a crew jigging wide of Lorna Shoal (with) the biggest fish pushing 10kg. Craigs Fishing Warehouses Malcolm Rees said there were a few fish being caught at the Daly River. There have been some nice snapper at the Fenton Patches, he said. Barra have been biting at Saltwater Arm and Leaders Creek. Mud crabs are slowing down and becoming hard to get. There will be a few mackies at Smiths Reefs at the Vernon Islands this weekend. But this past week was quiet with not a lot of boats going out. People will be looking again to South Gutter during these small tides after the good billfish reports from out there on the last neaps. There are plenty of goldies around they are worth chasing now. KO Tackles Glen Cowling said it had been fairly quiet. There has been a Christmas shopping rush but no one is talking much about the fishing, he said. On the www.fishingterritory.com forums, wadeqldr reported taking the family for some Darwin Harbour fishing. He wrote: We fished the harbour to try and get some barra. It was quiet through the dropping tide until one hour from the bottom of the low, then a lot of activity started up, with threadies and barra chasing prawns. We used a fair few combinations until the small soft plastics started to get attention. My wife got her personal best, an 81cm barra on light spin gear, and the boys got a couple of 60cm barra and a few rats. The slow morning became a great day with the family. The proposed new NT reef fish bag limits were also a hot topic of discussion, with AM contributing substantial analysis to the arguments over what would be the best way to manage reef fish stocks. Tides today and tomorrow are coming off neaps and worth a shot for billfish, while early this week should be good for just about everything. Given recent reports, a harbour trip chasing goldies and barra would be the best bet as tides pick up. Meanwhile, Happy Christmas to all may your family be well and your lines tight in 2013.

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