Sunday Territorian 4 Apr 2010
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42 Sunday Territorian, Sunday, April 4, 2010 www.sundayterritorian.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 4 -A P R -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 4 2 C O L O R : C M Y K T H I S W E E K S T I D E S 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 4 Mon 5 Tue 6 Wed 7 Thu 8 Fr i 9 Sat 10 0315 1.09m 0350 1.67m 0429 2.29m 0520 2.87m 0638 3.29m 0252 4.63m 0357 5.13m 0936 6.86m 1013 6.33m 1056 5.79m 1155 5.33m 1337 5.12m 0827 3.36m 0959 3.11m 1511 2.95m 1539 3.43m 1624 3.88m 1842 4.17m 2142 3.86m 1538 5.36m 1624 5.72m 2048 6.33m 2118 5.73m 2157 5.09m 2329 4.53m 2228 3.39m 2257 2.94m Fishos celebrate good Easter haul as Dry teases HARD WORK PAYS OFF: Jamie Crane and Cameron Holden with a sailfish caught during a charter aboard Fish Darwins Northern Exile I T LOOKS to be an outstanding Easter for fishermen. Corroboree Billabong access is open. Hardies Billabong was due to open on Good Friday. Channel Point camping and fishing reserve was opened for 4WD access by permit. The Daly River crossing was also open. Cyclone Paul headed away from Darwin, much to the relief of many, and the lower Roper River floodplains copped a recharge. In the cyclones path, typical dry season southeasters were forecast for the Darwin region. The cyclone was probably not so good for the Borroloola Easter Classic fishing competition on the McArthur River, but the fishing down that way will probably benefit in the longer term. Sailfish and barramundi have been biting their heads off at Fog Bay, and the boys on the tractors at the lodge will be working overtime this weekend. The South Alligator River has slowed down somewhat as the last of the run-off drains away, with people out that way now focussed on the East Alligator River. The Adelaide River looks good for the small tides next week for those who like trolling the upper rockbars and casting to snags. But its the Finniss River that is shining, and with sailfish and reef fish just offshore, it is going to be very busy out there. In reports, Top End Tackle Worlds Chris Rainbird said Steve Compain caught a 1.16m barra while fishing with a film crew. And sailfish are biting at Dundee a mate of mine caught four sails and a small black marlin out there, he said. One boat raised 14 sailfish, they are everywhere. The charter boat has been getting good jewies and goldies they caught a goldie of about 6kg last Monday. Mackerel are starting to show up as well. I havent heard any tremendous reports from the Daly River some people are getting good fish and some are struggling. Apparently the South Alligator River has been slow, and there is no run-off up the top any more. I dont know about the East Alligator River, people have only just started going in there. There are heaps of people going fishing though we restocked the bait freezer about three times on Thursday. Fishing and Outdoor Worlds Phil Newton said Shoal Bay had been fishing well with loads of barramundi at the top of the Howard River. The barra are feeding on small bait and have been hard to hook, he said. One crew said it was going nuts out there, with constant boofing, but it was really hard to get hookups. The harbour has been reasonably slow. Bynoe Harbour should be good this weekend. The upstream part of the Daly River will be worth a look now and might be the best way to get away from the crowds. Fenton Patches has been good and Sail City is producing sailfish. There are mackerel at Dundee wide. The Peron Islands will be worth having a go for good goldies and jewies. The Finniss River is firing. A lot of fish in the 80cm range are being caught, I have heard of huge catches out there. It seems to be quiet at the East Alligator River. Its been insane with customers in the shop, and yet not as busy as last year. We had a record day last Easter but its not happening this year although its still busy. We havent had that many tourists through yet. Fish Darwins Shaun Uden said he returned from a fournight charter to Flat Top Bank and then in closer to the Peron Islands last week. Fishing at Flat Top saw some good results with nice red emperor, massive chinamen fish and a couple of big mangrove jacks, he said. The mackerel were also there in good numbers and size. It was hard to get the fish to surface before the sharks attacked however. We then headed to the Peron Islands where we got good goldies, a few big jewies and then concentrated on the sailfish for a day. In a day the boys raised 40 sailfish and boated six, with numerous more hook-ups. It was a ripper day and the passengers, all from Gippsland, Victoria, were thrilled. As the sun was setting the fish started eating harder and harder, even chewing up teasers and birds. They were chomping at anything that hit the surface. All up the charter hooked up 50 different species a record for our boat Northern Exile.
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