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Sunday Territorian 15 May 2011



Sunday Territorian 15 May 2011


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www.sundayterritorian.com.au Sunday Territorian, Sunday, May 15, 2011 39 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:15-GE:39 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K THIS WEEKS TIDES Time Ht Time Ht Time Ht Time Ht Time Ht Time Ht Time Ht Copyright. National Tidal Centre, Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology. Time in 24 hour clock, height (Ht) in metres above Chart Datum. Times stated are Central Standard Time. Sun 15 Mon 16 Tue 17 Wed 18 Thu 19 Fri 20 Sat 21 0413 6.31m 0513 6.86m 0605 7.28m 0017 0.48m 0059 0.37m 0142 0.48m 0223 0.79m 1016 2.74m 1111 2.54m 1158 2.38m 0654 7.53m 0737 7.59m 0818 7.47m 0857 7.22m 1601 6.34m 1646 6.59m 1727 6.79m 1240 2.29m 1322 2.28m 1403 2.37m 1446 2.53m 2247 1.27m 2334 0.79m 1808 6.88m 1849 6.84m 1930 6.66m 2013 6.35m Toomuch choice Craig Crackers Hand with a threadfin salmon from Shady Camp Picture: ZEPHYR LGREEN THE DRY season came on with a vengeance last week, bringing strong winds and low temperatures to the Top End. By low, I mean around 17C in Darwin. Will it be a cold dry season? And will the cool snaps slow the barra down? Im guessing the cool change wont make much difference for a while, unless it really hits hard, and water temperatures drop fast. In fishing reports, mud crabs are still on the move. Mud crabs are usually very good mid-year, but will also slow down in colder snaps, however it wont happen for a while yet. While barra and crabs might slow down, tuna and mackerel are already in full swing, along with queenfish, GTs and blue salmon. Too many choices! Fishing and Outdoor Worlds Chris Pache said he had caught his biggest barra in the harbour this year. I think it is because there have been fewer people fishing and less pressure during the big wet season, he said. The tuna are around already, and I have seen them right out the front of Stokes Hill Wharf. I heard they are getting squid off the wharf too on calm nights. There are good sailfish being seen at the Peron Islands, and one of the charter boats went out and landed 14 in a day. Fishing and Outdoor Worlds Ronald Voukolos said the Daly River continued to be the standout among the rivers. There have been some terrific reports from the trollers, and there were plenty of fish caught on the first day of the Barra Classic, he said. We have had some good reports on the South and the East Alligator rivers with fish on the upper rockbars. We also have had good reports upstream on the Adelaide River, including a 109cm fish from the rockbar just below Goat Island. Also on the Manton Rockbar we have heard of fish to 83cm. Darwin Harbour and Bynoe Harbour have been offering some terrific fishing, especially for threadies on livebait. And its not too hard to find jewfish on the rocks be tween Finniss River and Dundee. On the bluewater scene Chris Hurt landed a 15kg spaniard on a pilchard and he caught a big queenfish on a live garfish. Those who have braved the choppy conditions have been getting macks and tuna at Dundee and off Darwin. Leaders Creek Fishing Bases Steve Bodelle said there were plenty of crabs about, but the fishing had slowed a little with the windy weather. There have also been a few blue salmon out the front and a few smaller jewies. There have been very few barra caught in the creek I think the cold snap has slowed them down, but they are still getting barra around Cape Hotham and Melville Island. Top End Tackle Worlds Steve Compain said it had been windy. We havent been out in the charter boats for a few days, he said. One boat has been in the shelter of the Tiwi Islands and they have been getting golden snapper and jewfish. We are getting really good barra reports from the Daly. My son Shane went on Monday and landed a 116cm fish on the first troll at Hares Rockbar, where there were 30 boats nearby. Got Ones Craig Grosvenor said reports came thick and fast last week of metre-plus barra from the Daly River. One can only imagine what the next fortnight holds for the avid fisho, not to mention the Barra Nationals competition, he said. The Tackle Boxs Frenchy Maujean said a customer went to Shady Camp on Wednesday and had an awesome day. He got his first barra at 88cm and everyone else in the boat got their first barra as well, he said. I have had solid reports from Six Mile Buoy of people with good catches of snapper. It appears mackerel have pulled in around Lee Point and outside Shoal Bay mostly greys and spotteds. One guy caught 15 fish 12 greys and three spotteds. Theres been really good barra reports from the Adelaide River rockbars. There are heaps of people going to Corroboree Billabong even though it is still in flood. On the www.fishingterritory.com FFF forums Curt Ponyplay McCartney said he drove over from Broome to pick up his boat, and do a bit of NT fishing while catching up with mates. I mainly fished the South Alligator River, with a few days at the East Alligator and Shady Camp. The South Alligator was fishing OK, but had its hard days. Most of my fishing was spent on the Leichardt Rockbar, casting lures. I did bit of trolling around the area for one fish. Managed to finally get one of those triple figure gals in the boat after being toasted year after year by them up there. Curt McCartney with a barra from the East Alligator River and with a croaker from the South Alligator Craig Hand enjoys sunset with a Tommycut Creek barra James Quinn caught this 104cm, 18kg barra at the Daly River on an expedition with his dad and two brothers WHALEOFATIME AWHALEwith bad timing leaped out of the sea in the middle of a yacht race off Oregon in the US on Thursday and landed on a sailboat called LOrca. Themammal surged out of the water just inches from the 11.6m boat namedwith the commonly used term for killer whales KVAL reported. As it fell back into the sea, the whale smashed themast and rigging, forcing the boat to drop out of the Oregon International Offshore Race to Victoria, in British Columbia. None of the crew whowere in the cockpit, having started the race at Astoria just 30 minutes earlier were hurt. In a second incident of name irony, a lifeboat from Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Wash., went to the rescue and escorted LOrca to Astoria. It was not clear what type of whale was involved. Wed love to hear that story yourmateswont believe. Email it to sunday@ntnews.com.au TACKLEBOX WELCOMEABOARD CHAPARRAL Australia is seeking expressions of interest from potential franchisees and state distributors to further develop its national retail network to sell and service this high-end US boating marque. To register your interest, contact Chaparral Australia (03) 9397 6977 or email scott@chaparralaustralia. com.au sundayterritorian.com.au Hooked up SUNDAY OUTDOORS Have you got a catch to brag about? Email it to sunday@ntnews.com.au with Matt Flynn