The Northern Territory news Thu 20 Feb 2020
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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 20 2020 FISHING 29 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA which youll only be able to cast with a light, whippy threadline outfit and braid line no heavier than 6kg. If you hook into a few on an outfit like that, youll have a lot of fun. I had a good chat with the nice people at the Bureau of Metreology, and there is still an air of confidence that well get some more good rain. A tropical low is forecast for the Gulf of Carpentaria, possible whipping up today. It could develop into a cyclone but its too early to know yet. Once it crosses the coast, the bureau is optimistic that it will spread a rain shadow across much of the Top End. Added to this is a lot of good moisture to our north which could come down, plus we are starting to get that north-west flow. Good news is that El Nino the warm ocean current that can give us a good wet season or rob us of it is in neutral mode, and is expected to stay neutral. Fingers crossed that the stars all line up and the heavens open up from one end of the Top End to the other. Ken Veal found a braggingrights barra in one of his favourite rivers Picture: SUPPLIED Robert Busbys Queensland groper made it to the AFANT Brag Board Praying for rainfall ... again IT seems the best place to wet a line for a barra of late has been the Daly River. Last week I wrote about the local rain down the Daly, and this has sparked some nice flows out of the feeder creek mouths. Top of the list has been Charlies Creek where one angler caught two metreys. But other creeks further down river, including the iconic Elizabeth Creek, have been producing fish. The tides are building up to the springs this weekend, so the creek flows can only increase. Remember to look for bait and work where you find it. Also fishing well has been the Little Finniss to the east of the main Finniss River. According to Fishing and Outdoor Worlds Ronald Voukolos, last weeks big tides worked a treat for anglers trolling in and out of the Little Finniss. Its not surprising because that part of the world received record rainfalls last month. Sadly, it was the only part of the world as far as the Top End is concerned. A few anglers have been travelling even further afield and fishing the coastal creeks between the respective mouths of the South Alligator River and the East Alligator River. Some pretty big barra have been turning up in these creeks, but its a perilous run down the South Alligator with the mud bars ever lurking. This weekend, were back to making spring tides, so again good old Darwin Harbour comes into the mix. Two weeks ago on similar tides, the harbour fished exceptionally well for mates and I. Low tide is between noon and 1.00pm both Saturday and Sunday, so theyre gentlemens hours for a harbour barra fish. Look for those jelly prawns which were about in their 1000s two weeks ago. Barra just cant resist these delicacies, and will roll and scoop them up like there is no tomorrow. But you need to match the hatch as much as possible. Go for tiny soft plastics FISHING WITH ALEX JULIUS BROUGHT TO YOU BY NAFA Magazine... Territory made! www.nafa.com.au
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