Sunday Territorian : 2018-12-16

FRONTIER : 38 : 38


FRONTIER 38 SUNDAY DECEMBER 16 2018 Hooked up HAVE YOU GOT A CATCH TO BRAG ABOUT? EMAIL IT TO FRONTIER@ NEWS. COM. AU Whether you’re trolling for a big barra on the Daly, flicking a plastic into the lilies on a Kakadu billabong, or chasing macs on the blue water, we’ve got you covered Whether you troll or cast lures or baitfish along the rock walls is up to you, but you will do best if you use light leader and small lures or livebait. Prawn imitations and tiny vibes are proven. Livebait works best on jacks. Keep moving as the fish seem to prefer some areas, and fish like jacks and trout have their semi-permanent lairs. Neap tides may not provide good water clarity anywhere when the wind is blowing. Nonetheles­s, when you have to fish you have to fish. When all else fails, anchor up somewhere sheltered and use fresh or live bait. It shouldn’t be long before run-off is flowing in the upper reaches of a Top End river somewhere. In reports, Craig’s Fishing Warehouse’s Mal Strong said it had been blowing 25 knots and beyond last week. “Shoal Bay and other places will likely be off the list this weekend,” he said. “Everyone is trying to get out to Leaders Creek and Saltwater Arm. “In the harbour I’ve been getting coral trout on lures, just trolling the rock walls, fish to 45cm. “There’s been barra caught in Catalina and Hudson Creeks, up on the flats. “Jigging vibes has worked best in Leaders Creek. “There were some nice snapper out the front of Bynoe Harbour when the wind isn’t blowing. MATT FLYNN FISHING I T was blowing a gale last week, slowing down all but the bravest fishos. Wise folk stayed home to contemplat­e Christmas. What are the go-to Christmas presents for barra fishos this year? Fishing and Outdoor World’s George Voukolos said the Shimano Curado DC and Tranx were the barra baitcaster reels to buy, with proven performanc­e and corrosion resistance. The Tranx was the model to choose to do some coastal bluewater fishing as well. In barra rods, Tackle World’s Charlotte Klose said the Samaki Stitch was a quality barra rod and it only cost $99. “It is built on a good blank,” she said. Other rods to look at were the ABU Veratis and Shimano Raiders. For lures, let’s make recommenda­tions based on what’s been hanging out of fish’s mouths all year. Reidys B52s, Big Ass B52s, Classics, gold Bombers, and vibes. You can’t go wrong with prawn imitations like Ecoodas too. Prawn imitations might not look like an exciting Christmas present but they sure catch fish. Meanwhile, where do you fish when it is blowing a gale? Creeks with boat ramps such Leaders Creek are the obvious choice as you don’t have to cross open water to reach them. There’s usually sheltered spots to be found somewhere in Darwin or Bynoe Harbours, with Elizabeth River being a good choice as you don’t have to cross the harbour to get to it. Harbour rock walls are always worth a try if they are in the lee, and they hold good fish. Mangrove jacks live on the walls, along with barcheeked coral trout and goldspot cod. Barramundi are also found on rock walls, with queenfish in the tidal rips. NTNE01Z01M­A - V1 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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