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Barra Nationals 2013 results

The 2013 Barra Nationals - click on the picture for a video by Geoff Udy

The 2013 Barra Nationals - click on the picture for a video by Geoff Udy

Wrap up of 2013 Club Marine Insurance Barra Nationals.

A total of 691 fish caught, with 9 fish over a metre. There were 61 teams competing on the Daly River, NT.

Conditions were settling after a single short, but significant flood. An extended wet season is preferred for good fishing, but it didn’t happen in 2012/13.

The comp started with lots of casting around feeder creek mouths such as Elizabeth and Catfish. Towards the end of the five days some fish were taken by trolling down the middle.

The biggest barra was 110cm caught by Darren Wild from Team Tackle Back.

Top 5 teams were
1. Cunning Stunts 2213pts
2. Polar Bears 1430pts
3. Horse Whisperers 1365pts
4. Top End Tackle World 1348pts
5. Team Koolabung Lures 1299pts

Individual standings top 5.
1. Matthew Bennett 1011pts
2. Len Schneider 987pts
3. Brendan Flynn 975pts
4. Stephen Bennet 836pts
5. Shane Moon 789pts

Champion female angler was Rocky Edwards with 465pts.

Long-time NT fishos said it was incredibly hot on the water, but visiting southern competitors kept the fluid intake up and there were no heat-related incidents.

The next comp on the Daly this year will be the Barra Classic, which will enjoy more settled conditions.

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Shady Camp barramundi fishing

John Gardener from Brisbane with his first ever barramundi, from Shady Camp, NT

John Gardener from Brisbane with his first ever barramundi, from Shady Camp, NT

Champion angler Justin Jones of Obsession Fishing Safaris has put his clients onto yet another “horse”.
Justin writes this evening: “Just returned from Shady Camp. We landed this horse yesterday.
“John Gardener from Brisbane landed this 50 pounder on our favourite big barra lure, the 16A green Bomber.
“This catch will piss a few locals off, because this is John’s first ever barra.”
If you want to fish with Justin – who has won the NT’s top barramundi fishing competitions and put his clients onto many huge barra – then visit www.obsessionfishing.com.au for more info.

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Storms, flat water and huge threadfin

This monster Shady Camp-region threadfin salmon was taken by Paul Andomaros, fishing with champion angler Justin Jones of Obsession Fishing Safaris. The NT’s Shady Camp coast has produced a load of big threadfin this year, being the first year where the gill netters have been removed to allow fishing tourism to flourish. Trophy-sized barramundi are expected to become more common – the area is already known for producing larger-than-average fish.

Paul Andomaros with a threadfin salmon, caught with champion angler Justin Jones of Obsession Fishing Safaris

Paul Andomaros with a threadfin salmon, caught with champion angler Justin Jones of Obsession Fishing Safaris

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Top End and Gulf of Carpentaria rivers flooded

Good news for barramundi fishos – the Daly, Mary and Roper Rivers are all flooded, as are the famous East and South Alligator Rivers in Kakadu.
The Hells Gate road to Roper Bar is currently cut off, which gives an indication of the flooding on the Roper.
The rivers in the eastern Top End (the Gulf of Carpentaria side) are well flooded as about 400mm of rain fell along the coast last week thanks to a slow-moving low pressure system.
This is a late save for the wet season, which had seen the lowest rainfall for many years.
Good rainfall means good barramundi fishing, as it brings bait into the rivers, and also provides clear green water until the dirty tidal water finally pushes its way back up the rivers.
You can watch NT rivers levels here.
The best fishing is on a falling river, usually on the first of an outgoing tide, near the floodplain creek mouths. But good trolling can be expected as the rivers fall to near normal levels.

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Daly River is flooded

Yes, the Daly is well and truly flooded. Which bodes well for the barramundi season ahead … here’s a local news report, but note that the pix are from 2009 … http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2013/04/04/319255_ntnews.html
Other NT areas have copped plenty of rain.
With Queensland’s coast also drenched in recent weeks, juvenile fish recruitment should be high. Not to mention all those big barra washed out of stocked dams and into rivers, now waiting to be caught.

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