Territory Stories

The Northern Territory news Wed 22 Feb 2012

Details:

Title

The Northern Territory news Wed 22 Feb 2012

Other title

NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2012-02-22

Description

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Language

English

Subject

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

Publisher name

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

Use

Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

License

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

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/238401

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/633138

Page content

www.ntnews.com.au Wednesday, February 22, 2012. NT NEWS. 55 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:22-FGE:55 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l WEATHER Keeping eye on skies Sol Bannuras glass bead proved irresistible to the billfish favourite, finny skad ABOUT JO Jo Starlingwas fixated by barra beforemeeting the love of her life, Steve Starling. This meeting illuminated a limitless world of angling possibilities that Jo shares via her Fishingscool Facebook page. By JO STARLING IM the first to admit Im not a game fishos rod butt, but its game fishing that dominates my thoughts this month in the lead-up to Exmouths Gamex and AIBT (Australian International Billfish Tournament). Steve and I are covering the two events for various media outlets and are running Fishingscool clinics for the juniors. My anticipation was high even at the start of this year when I met quirky fellow fishing journo Sol Bannura at the Kids Hooked On Fishing Tournament in Tuross Head, NSW. Typically, my conversation turned to the two big comps in the west and Sols interest was piqued. He dug his hand into his pocket and pulled out a teardrop-shaped glass bead. Try casting this at them, he said. I confess to looking bemused as I turned the bead over in my hand. I dont un derstand, I replied. The next day, Sol gave me a couple of beads rigged and ready for action, along with a handful of extras. With further instructions on how best to use them, he sent me on my way with a smile. What an intriguing man, I thought, still looking in wonderment at the baubles in my palm. Fast-forward to Sunday just gone and a relatively calm day on Darwin waters, when Steve and I took the opportunity to go to South Gutter and hunt for tuna, mackerel and golden snapper. As I prepared my tackle, I came across those peculiar beads. In the spirit of adventure, I tied one on . . . might as well pre-fish them here! Now heres the thing. South Gutter was crowded with bait and birds. Id never seen it so alive! Thinking that a school of tuna was up, I cast my bead into the fray. The fish breaking the surface were small, so I let the lure sink in hope of finding bigger fish below. Three cranks of the handle and my bauble had hooked its first customer. After a brief battle, my first-ever finny skad came aboard and returned to the water after a brief photo session. Next cast, another the water was thick with them! These are prime billfish bait, advised Steve. Good signs for the season! I looked up. Sos that! I pointed to not one but three frigate birds tracking near the swarm of terns. Later we were treated to the majestic sight of a free jumping sailfish. Ah, shell soon be on, billfish lovers! While the death-throes of the monsoon still bubble, the heralds of the Dry are here dragonflies in plagues over Palmerston, thunderstorms without the chorus of frogs, processions of grey nomads along the Stuart Highway heading north . . . its time to stock up the troll baits! ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l FISHING


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