Territory Stories

The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012

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Title

The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012

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NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2012-02-25

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English

Subject

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

Publisher name

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

Place of publication

Darwin

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application/pdf

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Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/238940

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/629104

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14 NT NEWS. CARSguide www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 5 -F E B -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 3 1 4 C O L O R : C M Y K MARINE GUIDE l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.auMARINE GUIDE l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Agirls guide to fishing By COURTNEY TODD A fewde-baitings later and I finally landed (or is it boated?)my first fish Clockwise from top: Courtney gets the feel of the line. Greg Miller from BH Marine helps take off the fish. Rods are ready and waiting. Courtneys first catch great tasting too. Dont forget about the anchor Pictures: ELISE DERWIN IT was a very warm, cloudless day when photographer Elise, tag-along Brad and I embarked on my first Top End fishing trip with Greg Miller from BH Marine. First off, he took us to West Arm to trawl for barra. We didnt get a single bite, but the blame rests squarely with Elise as she was the one who brought the bananas on board. And that, folks, was my first lesson bananas are bad luck on boats. Greg then took us to the rock wall at Larrakeyah, where we dropped anchor over a hole, which is a good place to catch some bottomfeeding fish. But once Brad dropped the anchor I learnt my second lesson always make sure the D shackle on an anchor is done up before dropping it. We pulled up the chain, minus an anchor, and headed for the wharf where a kind BH Marine worker brought us an other anchor. Here I learnt another important lesson, courtesy of Brad keep a hold of expensive sunglasses when around deep water. As I found out, some types of sunglasses can sink unbelievably quickly. Finally, back at the Larrakeyah hole, we were able to drop a few lines baited with some tempting squid, which was very quickly nibbled from my hook. A few de-baitings later and I finally landed (or is it boated?) my first fish. It may have been undersized, but I wasnt deterred. In fact, I was determined to reel in the big one. Lucky for me, it wasnt long before something big was on the end of my line. After some frantic reeling on my part and some advice from Greg about letting the fish run when it wanted to, I landed a massive Mangrove Jack. Well, I thought it was massive, but serious anglers may disagree. After the nibbles stopped at Larrakeyah, we headed towards Aquascene, but we were interrupted by a man wildly waving and yelling from the shore lesson number four. If you leave someone in charge of a boat when going to get your trailer, make sure they know enough about boats to do some quick trouble shooting, should the motor suddenly stop. This poor bloke had watched his boat drift off when the lady left in charge couldnt work out why the motor had stopped. Luckily, we were able to help, and by we I mean Brad and Greg. They soon discovered the problem was a lack of fuel, so they changed the fuel jerries over and the damsel in distress was on her way. So off we set again for Aquascene, being careful to stay on the right side of the No Fishing signs. We were heading there for the milkfish, which Greg said are a good fighting fish, but not very tasty. But they didnt make an appearance. However, while the milkfish didnt accept our invitation of stale bread, a school of golden trevally decided to drop by. They put up a good fight but, because they dont taste so great either, we released whatever we caught. By this stage wed been on the water for six hours and decided to call it a day. While heading back to shore I discovered that no matter how good the sunscreen is, or how often you apply it, sometimes it just can not prevent getting sunburnt. So my last lesson for the day? When out on the water make sure you wear a light, long-sleeve shirt and widebrimmed hat. And so concluded my first Top End fishing adventure. And in case youre wondering, the Mangrove Jack tasted really awesome.


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