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The Northern Territory news Thu 30 May 2019



The Northern Territory news Thu 30 May 2019

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28 ENTERTAINMENT THURSDAY MAY 30 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 southern and eastern shores and up inside Apsley Strait. Should one of the five $Million tagged barra be recaptured, the other four will be cancelled. Just to make it a bit easier to know if you have caught one of these great fish, here are the tag numbers: S1-MDF1469, S2MDF2656, S3-MDF3556, S4MDF4540 and S4-MDF4663. During Season 4, the tagged fish recapture count was down compared to previous years: 5 red 10K tags and 2 purple 5K charity tags. The next MDF Season 5 will kick off on 1 October. Theres no doubt the best local tidal river for barra fishing this year has been the South Alligator. For more than a month now, it has been fishing exceptionally well, and unbelievably it continues to do so. On that note, the tides this weekend are perfect for a shot at the South, especially up Nourlangie Creek. On both days, high tide will peak not long before midday and there could well be an hour or two window of hot fishing. Shaun Holmans 105cm barra was his first ever and came on a Helifish trip out of Darwin What an unlucky lucky catch THERES been a recent recapture of a Million Dollar Fish red-tagged barra. The 85cm barra was caught by Daniel Holman on an exciting Helifish trip down the west coast in Anson Bay. It was 79cm when the BetEasy tag was inserted way up the Daly River so it travelled a fair distance over a few months. Unfortunately for Daniel, although tagged in the latest Season 4 of MDF, the recapture was after the season closed. According to Helifish head pilot, Ryan Saywell, Daniel and his partner, Meggie Anderson, had a double hook-up early in the day. They were with Helifish pilot, Shaun Wild, and Daniel caught his first barra, a beaut 105cm fish, and Meg also caught her first barra which was quite a bit smaller, Ryan told me. Later in the day, Dan caught his 86cm tagged barra, and from then on everyone was in suspense not knowing if it was worth $1 million. Thats because, even though Season 4 is over, a bonus season just for five $Million fish has been activated until 30 September this year. So there are still five BetEasy tagged barra each worth $1 million out there waiting to be caught, and theres one in each of the following five regions: 1. The Darwin Region which not only encompasses places like Darwin and Bynoe Harbours, but also iconic fishing spots like Corroboree Billabong, Shady Camp, Dundee Beach and Daly River. 2. Kakadu National Park with its myriad big tidal rivers and secluded inland lagoons, including the famous East and South Alligator Rivers and both Yellow Water Lagoon and Four Mile Hole. 3. The huge Katherine Region which extends from one side of the Top End to the other and features great barra rivers like the Victoria, the Roper and the McArthur. 4. The vast expanse of Arnhem Land with its many barrarich waters dotted along more than 1000km of coastline from Cobourg Peninsula then east to Nhulunbuy and south to Blue Mud Bay and beyond. There are plenty of fishing lodges across Arnhem Land too. 5. The Tiwi Islands which boast two fishing lodges, but also can be accessed by boat from Darwin to fish the permit-free barra creeks on the ABOVE: Meggie Anderson, Daniel Holman and Helifish pilot Shaun Wild with the 85cm red-tagged barra that was caught west of Daly River Pictures: SUPPLIED BROUGHT TO YOU BY NAFA Magazine... Territory made! www.nafa.com.au FISHING with ALEX JULIUS This red tag in an 85cm barra was only three digits off from being worth $1 million Picture: SUPPLIED

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