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Sun newspapers Wed 14 Oct 2009



Sun newspapers Wed 14 Oct 2009


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D arw in S un - P age 24 - 9 - C M Y K 9Sun Newspapers WEDNESDAY October 14 2009ADVERTISEMENT 16ts03/09 24 FISHING WITH MAD MULLETSun Newspapers WEDNESDAY October 14 2009 New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter Tidal predictions supplied by the National Tidal Centre, Aust Gov Bureau of Meteorology, copyright reserved. 0503 6.79 1136 1.14 1746 7.08 2349 1.91 0223 5.72 0913 3.19 1501 5.14 2115 2.59 0424 6.48 1057 1.74 1659 6.55 2308 2.04 0130 2.20 0703 6.89 1349 0.56 2019 7.29 0537 7.00 1213 0.70 1830 7.42 0025 1.90 0607 7.08 1245 0.44 1909 7.56 0059 2.00 0635 7.04 1317 0.40 1945 7.50 Sun Oct 18 Mon Oct 19 Tues Oct 20 Wed Oct 21 Midge Alert: No warning this week D A R W I N T I D E S Mozzie Alert Moderate to high warning this week Midge Alert Moderate to high warning this week Wed Oct 14 Thurs Oct 15 Fri Oct 16 Sat Oct 17 0333 6.09 1012 2.44 1606 5.88 2219 2.28 MMORE than 20 years haspassed since your scruffyscribe nailed his first sailfish and to this day the mental images of that fish and its performance are as crystal clear now as they were back in 1987. Back in those days the sailfish hotspots were mainly confined to Cape Bowling Green and to a lesser extent the grounds around Cape Moreton in South East Queensland. Those in the loop knew there were reliable numbers of billfish in the waters off Darwin but there was really no concerted effort to target them. My first sail came from the Bathurst Trench, which lies to the north of Bathurst Island and not only does the area hold solid numbers of sailfish it also turns up some handy black marlin. Now the 'Trench" is a long haul, about 100 nautical miles from Darwin. That means it's not a real option for your everyday tinnie. The good news is reliable sailfish and marlin grounds are to be found much closer to Darwin. North and South Gutter are good starting points and if the 'billy gods' are smiling the Fenton Patches can really turn it on for sailfish. In fact, a good strategy is to work the triangle of North/South Gutter/Fenton Patches in a grid pattern with a perpetual eye on the sounder for bait balls. This year has already seen some outstanding billfish action with plenty of solid sailfish and the odd good marlin thrown in for good measure. Last year saw the Darwin Game Fishing Club host the inaugural Billfish Classic and already 19 teams have registered to fight out the 2009 tournament. The rule changes this year will allow crews to fish the wider grounds and I'm tipping some real surprises, particularly on the marlin front. With crews not having to return to base each night, the far flung grounds like the Bathurst Trench will come into play. Although the teams won't have to return to base each night there are strict rules in relation to radio skeds and the submission of daily tagged fish. If you're interested in competing or would just like to take a squiz at the tournament rules you can go to www.darwingamefishingclub.com.au The champion team will accrue points from the tagging of billfish and no other species will contribute to the overall billfish pointscore. Competitors can expect a catered Calcutta/briefing night, compulsory sail past, three full days of competition, a waitered sit-down presentation night dinner, shirts, coolers, a 10 cents/litre discount on fuel, giveaways, launching and retrieval facilities. Another highly competitive section will be the "GENETAG Mack Mayhem" specifically targeting spanish mackerel, again no other species will accrue points towards "Mack Mayhem" Prizes are impressive with the Champion Billfish Team collecting $5000 in cash along with a string of great prizes. Late entries are still being accepted and further information can be obtained by contacting Leigh and Debbie Halprin on 0412 848 267. Completed entry forms can be faxed to 8941 3585 or you emailed to billfishclassic@darwingame fishingclub.com.au Having fished the inaugural Billfish Classic last year your scruffy scribe thoroughly recommends the event and there can be no doubt this tournament will become a regular fixture on the Australian game fishing calendar. MMaarrlliinnss mmaayy bbee aa hhiitt ffoorr bbiillllffiisshh ccllaassssiicc Comment by the Mad Mullet themadmulletnt@gmail.com WWiillllyy BBuuddggee ffrroomm CCaassiinnoo,, NNSSWW ccaauugghhtt tthhiiss 11..33mm jjeeww ffiisshh oonn aa ffiisshhiinngg ttrriipp iinn DDaarrwwiinn HHaarrbboouurr oonn SSuunnddaayy dduurriinngg aa ssttoopp--oovveerr bbrreeaakk wwhhiillee ccaarraavvaannnniinngg aarroouunndd AAuussttrraalliiaa MMyyrrnnaa HHaassttiiee ccaauugghhtt aa GGoollddeenn TTrreevvaallllyy aatt LLeeee PPooiinntt dduurriinngg aa rreecceenntt ffaammiillyy ffiisshhiinngg ttrriipp ABSOLUTELY cracker tides for Shoal Bay with low tide holes in Hope Inlet, The Howard and Little Howard Rivers your best option for a solid barra or big threadfin salmon. Big live mullet hung in the snags and lures worked through the holes should see you head home with a feed. A big ditto there for the harbour arms with the early afternoon lows almost as good as it gets. Woods Inlet, Pioneer Creek and West Arm gutters and snake drains should all have barra and salmon doing the rounds. Harbour creeks like Hudson and Sadgroves should be good for a barra over the low and the rockbars could turn up some solid golgies over the turn of the tide. CCrraabbbbeerrss CCoorrnneerr EVEN though the water temperature has crept up the muddies are still on the move and some real crackers continue to be potted all over the place. The western side of Darwin Harbour has been solid for quality while Shoal Bay has beem excellent for numbers. The top of the tide and the first of the run out will be the prime time in the harbour while the first of the run in will do the trick for a feed in Shoal Bay. Use the freshest bait you can get your hands on for the best results. Best bites for this weekend

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