Fight on the Finniss
ONCE again the last set of neap tides produced some great barra from all the regular haunts.
Shoal Bay fired along with the mouth of the Adelaide River and Leaders Creek.
I heard of some really good fish landed at the mouth of Leaders including 108 and 119cm specimens.
Both were landed slowly retrieving vibes along the bottom on the cast.
The Finniss did not fish as well as expected mainly due to the northwest winds that pummelled the mouth most of last week during the neaps causing the water clarity to decrease.
However, this did not deter a few anglers from making the trip and one of my mates in particular did rather well landing a few nice barra.
Simon Chapman fished the Finniss River last week with his son Harry. Simon said he rocked up at the mouth of the Finniss right on the turn of the high tide and started trolling.
Harry had his favourite classic 10 foot guns and roses lure on when it was crunched almost straight away by a big fish.
The big girl fought hard but luckily for Harry they were well out from the mouth on the flats and so the big fish had no structure it could run to.
14-year-old Harry fought the fish well and soon had it nearing the boat. They knew it was a big fish as it had jumped many times during the fight.
Simon finally netted the big girl and they both celebrated as he lifted it into the boat.
Harry’s previous PB barra was a 101cm specimen that he landed in Bynoe Harbour. They lay the big fish on the brag mat and it measured 105cm — Harry’s second metre-plus barra and new PB.
They released the big barra after a couple of quick photos and it swam away strongly.
They continued trolling for a while and landed one more barra at 75cm before changing tactics and fishing some coastal rocks.
This produced a few smaller barra before the wind started to blow strongly from the northwest shutting the fishing down along the rocks.
Simon said the afternoon was poor fishing with the strong wind dirtying up the water even more so they waited for the tide to come back in before heading back to the ramp just on dusk.
This week as the tides start to build I would look at targeting Darwin and Bynoe harbours.
Target the flats and drains using small shallow diving minnows such as bombers and B52’s.
Small plastics and vibes also work well.
Concentrate your efforts around the last of the outgoing and first of the incoming tide.
They knew it was a big fish as it had jumped many times during the fight
Harry with his 105cm barra