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  1. So I have finally caved into some girls at work who have been begging for a trip so Yellow Waters (Kakadu) here we come (I have my fingers crossed my reputation is on the line) its estrogen, V's testosterone. Wish me luck
  2. Hi this might be a long shot Have any Northern Territory members fished the Daly recently heading up on the weekend, and staying at Woolianna. haven't fished it too much as, but wiht the rain we've had I hope they are on the chew and the Barra Nationals comp left a few behind. If you have any advice I would appreciate it. Southerners stay tuned for a update and pics
  3. Gove... the landscape almost alien.. the water full of things that want to kill you... it's beautiful.. then there's where man turned it into a garbage pile.. it's sad.. the weather wasn't to kind to me most of my stay , and the heat and humidity actually made me ill lol.. i was lucky enough to go to sacred lands tho, saw amazing wildlife , fish that I'd only read about and probably the most beautiful coastline il ever see. I didn't see a Barra , I lost monster jacks and coral trout that still give me shivers. I didn't catch any world records, but I loved every minute of fishing in a new land.. these are some photos of last April.
  4. hey guys anyone fished around Gove before? i'm thinking of going out with Gove Fishing Safaris for a trip. http://govefish.com.au Looks pretty good
  5. merry christmas to everyone in NT. thunderstorms and rain tomorrow
  6. For those that knew Tony, Got this from the ABC site http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-16/nt-anglers-mourn-true-gentleman-tony-hare/7035012 Written by Jacqueline Breen Northern Territory anglers are mourning the loss of Tony Hare, described as an icon of recreational fishing in the Top End. Friends said Mr Hare, 66, died at his home on the Daly River on Wednesday night after a battle with prostate cancer. Online tributes to the fisherman, who moved to Darwin in the 1970s, spoke of a "true gentleman" who was "generous with his time and knowledge". "Once you go fishing with Tony, you learn a lot," said Warren de With, president of the Amateur Fishers Association of the NT. "He was a good thinker and a good fisherman. "It's a big loss for recreational fishing in the Northern Territory to lose an icon sort of person such as Tony." Mr de With said Mr Hare had helped negotiate an end to commercial barramundi in the Territory's rivers, and campaigned to see fish stocks replenished and managed sustainably. "People owe him a great debt of gratitude," Mr de With said. "He did a lot of contributing to that standard of fishing that we now enjoy." Harey's Rock Bar, a popular spot on the Daly River, was named after the angler. Mr de With said the loss would come as a shock to many in the fishing community. "He went in to remission there for a little while and everyone was hopeful that he was going to be able to beat it," he said. "Unfortunately cancer being the animal that it is, it won out in the end." Others left messages on the Darwin Game Fishing Club's Facebook page said: "RIP 'Hairy'. A true gentleman. Will be sadly missed", "Champion bloke, will be deeply missed by so many", and, "Was a true gentleman with a wicked sense of humour". Others expressed sadness that the NT fishing world has lost three prominent anglers this year, including radio host Pete Davies in September and Scott Eccles last week.
  7. A million-dollar barramundi is the main lure in a Northern Territory Government campaign to attract tourists to the Top End during the low season. launched by NT Chief Minister Adam Giles, will see 76 barramundi tagged and released across fishing locations in the Top End, one of them carrying a $1 million prize tag and the remaining 75 carrying $10,000 cash prize tags. Full story: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-12/million-dollar-fish-competition-used-to-lure-tourists-to-top-end/6613622 ADDED INFO The competition will run from 1 October 2015 to 29 February 2016, and participants must register online at www.milliondollarfish.com.au to compete. Everyone who registers for the competition before 31 August will have the chance to win a holiday to the Northern Territory for four people valued at $20,000.
  8. I wonder what their accident rate is for boats compared to the rest of Australia. Be nice to save a few hundred on the Rego as well! or full article here />http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/opinion/its-nt-dont-go-overboard/story-fnk0b216-1227268603735
  9. This bloke must be related to James - joined the 4 foot club on first fishing trip!
  10. Taken from Fishing World email newsletter 19 Feb 2015 THE Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory (AFANT) has called on government and the commercial fishing industry to remove barramundi nets from rivers across the Territory. AFANT President Warren de With said, “the evidence is clear; barra nets have no place in our river systems which has again been highlighted by the pictures from the East Alligator River that show dead crocodiles in commercial barramundi fishing nets." “The removal of barramundi netting from river systems in the 1980s was one of the key drivers to improving the sustainability of the barramundi stocks and the reduction of by-catch like crocodiles. Unfortunately there are still a small number of river systems where the closure lines are at complete odds with what is publicly acceptable," de With added. “AFANT has real concerns regarding the closure line in the East Alligator River which allows barramundi netting to the very headwaters of the Cooper Creek and we're planning to put this issue on the agenda at both the Barra MAC and if not successful through this process we aim to make it an election policy issue. “The East Alligator River is on the edge of the world heritage listed Kakadu National Park and is a very popular recreational fishing area. We receive many complaints about the netting in this system. The other major concern with the continued netting in the East Alligator is with the impact on threatened shark species like species of sawfish, northern river shark and the spear tooth shark which are known to inhabit these waters. “The industry and government must address the closure line in the East Alligator River and move it back to the mouth of the river system as a matter of priority as it will become an extremely negative issue for the barramundi fishery,†de With concluded.
  11. Taken from Fishing Worlds email newsletter AFANT proposes better fishing access under Mary River management plan 09 Oct 2014 THE Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory (AFANT) has lodged its submission to the NT's Mary River National Park Joint Management Plan. Mary River National Park is located 100 km east of Darwin, covers 112,000 hectares and is jointly managed by the Limilngan and Uwynmil Traditional Owners with the Parks and Wildlife Commission. A previous draft Joint Management Plan was tabled, then disallowed by the Legislative Assembly in February 2013. “The Mary River National Park and surrounding waterways contain one of the Territory’s most important recreational fisheries which offers the full diversity of landscapes and fishing experiences available in the Top End,†said AFANT President Warren de With. “In our submission AFANT has provided comments on a range of issues including weeds and pests, floodplain barrages, crocodile management and improving access. AFANT strongly supports the protecting and improving fishing access rights in the Mary River National Park. "AFANT says it has made it clear that the plan needs to provide increased and improved access to the park and its waterways. With increased population pressures around Darwin it is important that fishing pressure on popular fishing sites is well managed. "One way of achieving this is increasing access and spreading the recreational fishing effort in the NT as this adds to the fishing experience and opportunities. "We have specifically noted the opportunities that exist within the park for opening up new areas to fishing, particularly on the areas currently leased by Marrakai Station in the Mary River conservation reserve. As the lease will expire during the life of the plan we are strongly of the view that the licence to graze this area should not be re-issued without access arrangements for the important recreational fishing areas. "We welcome the acknowledgment on improving access in the draft plan particularly the proposal to upgrade the Point Stuart road access as well as identifying the need for a new boat ramp on the lower Mary River. Improving access to these areas would be welcomed as a real positive for recreational anglers and will significantly improve access to both Chambers and Finke Bays. "AFANT looks forward to working with traditional owners and parks management on the implementation of positive outcomes for recreational fishers.†AFANT President Warren de With said. More on the Draft Joint Management Plan available at:http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/manage/joint/maryriver#.VDXaFaN_jWA
  12. G'day AFOers. Fished Dundee (2hrs drive from Darwin) on Saturday with Matt at Dundee Beach Fishing Charters for the best days fishing of my life. Bottom bashing produced plenty of good size goldies, a decent coral trout, and other usual suspects like cod, cattys, blue salmon, black jewfish, sharks and bream. Heaps of bait on the surface at one stage, 2 mins of trolling and a double hook up of spanish macs. Still waiting for the pic of them off my mates camera. Hung around there for a bit throwing slugs on the surface at a stupid amount of spotty macs. Got a nice mac tuna as well which was later converted into jewwies. After heaps of fun with the macs we moved to the jewwie spot. I easily upgraded my previous pb with a 125cm, 36lb fish. I got another one 122cm and 32lb. Other 2 jew caught were another around 120cm and one 110cm. Had so much fun fighting those monsters, I managed to hook another one that I lost not far from the boat. It was going to be returned anyway as we had enough. I have my own boat but will definitely be fishing with Matt again, it was an amazing day that didn't have the "charter" feel about it. With only 3 of us fishing it was the perfect size boat and it was completely up to us what sort of fishing we wanted to do. With Brendan desperately wanting to catch a jewwie Matt knew exactly when and where to go to get them. There were plenty more on the sounder when we left, what an incredible fishery it is at Dundee. We'll be eating fish for a while! Spewing I didn't take more photos of the goldies and other species, was in too much of a rush to get another bait back down! Cheers
  13. Here's a short vid I did of a charter I did out to the NT's Vernon Islands casting around drop offs for queenies, cod, trout etc about six months ago. We didn't have a great day out but there were a few reasonable fish landed... enough to keep us entertained anyway. These were some of the better fish of the day (best watched full screen in HD): [video width=425 height=344 type=youtube]oQ91lHcmvHs
  14. Managed to get out both days this weekend, pretty tough going on Saturday the weather was ordinary which limited fishing at a really low tide to the creeks. Only managed vermin on live baits, the hundreds of casts with every lure known to man proved useless. Sunday we decided to hit the harbour and try some of the artificial reefs. Not a lot doing on the sounder and a couple of drops got nothing so headed to a patch of reefs and found some good ground. Had a hot little 15 min or so session, unfortunately only landed 1 fish. I had another 2 on and got busted off twice using 7" plastics. Can't wait to hit the spot again next weekend and see if I can land one. The fishing up here is a lot harder than I anticipated, I'm slowly starting to work it out. This is my house mate Matt's goldy. Got it on a dead mullet single hook, went 610mm.
  15. Hi Everyone, Its been quite a while since my last post, fishing unfortunately took a back seat to work for the last couple of years. That was until last week when in Darwin where i went on a charter and bagged a couple of nice Goldies. Got the fishing bug back!! So here i am now, getting the boat ready for a run to peel or somewhere around there, does anyone have some good info to get me some fish? Im taking a mate who has never been successful with the fish so hoping to get him onto something. I usually go with plastics but for him i doubt that would be wise(could be wrong?) . If you could help that would be great. Ill post tomorrow if i have any luck. PM me if you want to keep a spot quite. Cheers. Glenn
  16. I am considering a fishing trip next April staying at the Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge. The fishing sounds fantastic with barra, jew and reef options available. Does anyone have experience of this place or similar? I would appreciate your thoughts on the matter. Their website is at Barralodge Website regards
  17. Having moved to Darwin last year, my thoughts and dreams of chrome barra being landed every cast were far from reality and a stark realisation into how difficult fishing can be in the territory. Having experienced one of the worst runoff/wet season for some time in the NT, the annual runoff that it is famous for just didn’t happen for any length of time. If you follow the national barra competitions up here in the NT which are held on the Daly river, you may have heard that one angler counted how many casts he and his team completed in an hour and calculated how many cast on average it took to catch a fish = 3000 casts per/fish. This was by the competition winners…. Not to be deterred and happy to be on the water, I have put in countless hours and donut days for a handful of fish. To my surprise, I have been using a lot of my lighter gear i.e. 2500 sized reals to entice barra, golden snapper and threadfin salmon, using a range of small, slimline minnows and plastics. For those who think Darwin is an easy place to fish, think again… Long drives on rough roads, only to arrive and to embark on 40-80km boat trips to reach your chosen fishing destination, let alone actually catching any fish. Unlike Brisbane or SEQ, a lot of planning goes into a day on the water in the NT, having to take into account tide and access. With tidal movement up to 7m+, most boat ramps can’t be used from mid to low tide, and sand bars and mudbanks become a forever changing hazard that can end in drinking beer for 4 hours waiting for the tide to return. On average I travel 250-300km’s in the car and 80-100km’s in the boat, making the 1 day off a week I have very tiresome. Given all the above hazards, the hardest thing I find is choosing somewhere to fish with the endless list of options that are all new experiences for a new comer such as myself. I’ve attached a few of the fish that I have managed to land over the past 10 months . Standout lures for me and lures that I’m interested in trying on my return to SEQ would have to be the Zerek Prawn, Maria fake baits and Yozuri krystal minnow. Big barra lures that are a must if visiting the NT – Strada 150's and Killalure barra baits.
  18. As some of you know Henry (DoStylz) and I headed to Darwin recently for a site fishing charter with Vision Sports Fishing Charters. I am not going to waffle and come across cheesy but I cant recommend this operation more highly. We arrived at the stupid hour of 2:30am (due to plane delays) for a 4:30am pick up. This was not super appealing but the aniticipation and a few red bulls got me through. The minute I saw the water anyway... BING. Eyes wide open. Getting the gear ready. PS... Damn comfortable ride. The concept of this trip was not typically what I have read about for NT trips, and this was what alrgely appealed to me. Instead of trolling big lures in dirty water or bait fsihing shallow reefs we would actually sighting our fish in the shallows and attempting to cast right to them. Now by shallow I mean shallow with many barra spotted in water that could barely contain them. Ben (from Vision) was an absolute guru at spotting these fish. After launching we were straight into the action with our new PAYO Bent Minnows proving themselves (and turning our the be hands down the lure of the trip). These PAYO bent minnows are similar to the OSP ones but a 3rd of the price and I cant fault their action! Soon after we were on again, and again and again. Then there was a triple hookup! Some more fish on the surface from the same location... Then it was time to ditch the "heavy stuff" (being 10lb ) and try out our 4lb set ups. So glad we did. Once again despite being told "your going to get your arse handed to you"... It didnt happen with some great fish being landed. In fact on the second day the fishing proved to be a lot tougher and it was the light stuff that shone as being superior. Dont get me wrong... These are not Meter + fish... But I would personally prefer a 60-70 on 4lb than a meter on a broomstick anyday Henry Casted a PAYO Bent Minnow deep into a snaggy drain and somehow managed to extract this fish on 4lb braid and 4lb leader... And again the light stuff on queenies. Bens a bit camera shy as the guide doesnt usually fish but we were having none of that! The afternoon of the first day resulted in a session throwing everything we had on light gear at a plethora of queenies, trevs and mackerel. While only a few queenies were "huge" on the gear we were using this was epic fun with over 50 fish caught in a couple of hours (if not more). At one point I was literally panting and sweating as it was one after the after casting small chrome into this massed school of pelagics... This session resulted in several more triple hook ups and event a quadruple as a plastic was left dangling in the water!! Last Barra of the trip caught on ultra light gear when the fishing got tough... Ben cruising us back to the ramp... Note the phone number This is what we were often looking for in the shallows... Not afraid to get us into the REALLY shallow stuff in search of fish. Some cool wildlife up there... Little Croc. Buffalo Land of extremes... All fish for the trip released unharmed. Cheers. Sorry for the long one! Angus
  19. Ship is in port today and this is the only fishing relate4d thing I could find in nthe local paper. I made the headelines. They must be really conservation minded. Well a frog is an amphibian. :sick: The poor thing was fried in a meter box wonder if they will call for all meter boxes to be banned. Cheers Ray
  20. It has been a while since I posted on here after the big move to Darwin, but I thought I would throw a few pictures up of my maiden voyage in the new boat. Relocating from Brisbane to Darwin, I have been chumping at the bit to get on the water. After finally finding a decent boat that wasn’t over-priced I let it sit in the shed for 7 weeks while I tripped around Europe… Toughest 7 weeks, not having the chance to test the new boat out. Scouring through the fish finder magazine and resisting the temptation to go to the big named river Mary, Daly & Adelaide I decided to run the boat in a little and get a feel for it in the habour (safer option). To my surprise the very heavily fished harbour was empty and I had a creek all to myself, great.. (really I was thinking I must be in the wrong spot). Placing the boat into a likely mud bank with a number of fish breaking the surface either side of the boat, I’m hit on my first cast.. barra.. nope! A huge bream on a 4†plastic. A fish is a fish and it was a good start, but I wasn’t exactly looking for bream. Four bream later… I got another bream like hit, but this time I leapt from the water at a rate of knots and at least 8 times in the next 5-10minutes (a little blurry). Fishing 15lb mainline and 10lb leader, it was heart in mouth stuff and to make matter worse alone without a landing net. After a few tense moments, I landed my fist NT barra going 78cm! The fish bit hard for 30minutes and I landed more bream and procceded to drop a load of threadfin… very hard to hook. All fish were caught in 50cm of water and most occasions I could see the fish take the lure. oh and a 18.9cm muddy to top it off all within 3km of the main boat ramp! Cheers, Ozlad
  21. http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2012/02/15/288745_ntnews.html
  22. They do things a little different in the Territory. You get nabbed and your photo gets published Great idea. Cheers Ray
  23. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-27/fisherman-king-retires/4035654
  24. We I am headed to Darwin for the long weekend. Do$tylz and I are going up inder the banner of Obsession Fishing with the aim of making some business alliances and organise some pacakge trips similar to the Reel Chase packages we are promoting. I have had so much on the last few weeks I have not really had a chance to be excited but the twitch just started. Leaving Friday night and back Monday with two solid days fishing with Vision Sportsfishing Charters. The owner Benjaman Currell (who some of you may remember as an employee of Tackle Warehouse), has indicated the weather and conditions are looking sweet. The aim I think is to target Barra and Threaddies "flats style" and head into open water on the bottom of the tide for queenies, macks etc. I have never been to Darwin and really have no idea what to expect but hopefully we will have a good report or you Monday. Angus
  25. Hi all I have never really posted much as I don't really catch much fish despite spending time and money on gear. However recently my luck changed for one glorious trip up north. Initially my trip was meant to be 2 weeks in Thailand to attend a family wedding then 2 weeks in Hawaii with my gf, however the collapse of Air Australia sunk that plan and on short notice my gf booked Darwin instead. I later asked her if she knew it was wet season in Darwin and she said 'no' :pinch: Knowing I was going to Darwin I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to get some gear ready for an attempt at catching a Barra in the NT. The staff at the 7seas pro shop helped me pick an Abu Garcia Hornet rod paired with a Shimano Biomaster c300hg. I loaded it up with YGK 20lb braid and grabbed heaps of lures from numerous tackle stores across Phuket and Bangkok. Here I am at the Bungsamran Fishing Park with an average sized catfish. I got there late in the day and only had time for 2 fish before leaving. Attached to Bungsamram is the '7SeasPro shop'. Which would probably be the best stocked tackle store in Thailand. 7SeasPro Shop looking to the left 7SeasPro Shop looking to the right Some of the various lures I bought in Thailand. As a rough guide 400 Thai Baht is about Aus$11 Upon returning to Aus we flew off to Darwin, picked up our rental car and drove to kakadu. I spoke to locals about catching Barra every time I had the chance. Everyone was very helpful and made it sound ridiculously easy to catch Barra, despite having no confidence with lures I was feeling hopeful. I was told Barra fishing is best at the end of the wet season as the influx of water causes a boom in baitfish stocks which attracts the Barra. Then once the water levels drop the Barra are concentrated in the waterways. Although we were about 3weeks from the end of the wet season we still had a good chance of getting some. We traveled out to Kakadu National Park where we spent most of our time at Cooinda resort/camping ground. Being the wet season the camp grounds were empty and all forms of accomodation was at its cheapest ($30 for 2x adult camping per night). The next day we went on a Barra tour which cost only $120pp, which is great compared to Barra tours in Darwin which were about $300+ if I remember correctly. Yellow waters, lush from the wet season rainfall. Our first stop on the charter was the boat ramp. This is a functioning boat ramp in the dry season. The charter guide gave us some info on how to work the lure and helped me pick a lure from those I brought back from Thailand. He suggested anything green, silver, or gold. Within 10mins of actual fishing I got my first ever Barra at 73cm :woohoo: Happy with this Barra I took a step back for the rest of the trip and let everyone else get the prime spots on the boat for casting.