Record NT 2017 Wet brings superb barra fishing

FFF Seadogs competitor 'Theodosius' entered this superb barra in the brag mat competition at www.fishingterritory.com ... the 2017 wet season has been  cracker

FFF Seadogs competitor ‘Theodosius’ entered this superb barra in the brag mat competition at www.fishingterritory.com … the 2017 wet season has been cracker

The year 2017 has been a near record Wet for the NT’s most important barramundi river catchments.

The run-off fishing has been superb, with loads of big barra showing up, including a strong year class of 90cm fish.

The annual fishing competitions provide great data about the state of the barra fishery. The earliest event, the Kakadu Klash on the South Alligator River, was the best it has been in years.

The Barra Nationals are at the Daly River this week (mid April), and the results are expected to be well above average.

Cracker wet seasons seem to happen every four years or so. An El Nino is now mooted for next year, which means makes this year’s event all the more significant.

Good fishing tends to go right through the dry season after a big wet season, improving prospects for multiple species.

Fears that previous poor wet seasons would limit the barramundi fishing this year have proven unfounded.

Put simply, when it rains hard, the barra show up.

If there is one thing that makes or breaks barramundi fishing, it is the weather.

Big wet seasons have both a short term and long term effect on the quality of fishing.

On the short term, barramundi move into rivers, coming down from the upper billabongs, and up from along the coast, where they spend the dry months.

They come into the rivers to feed on the bounty of bait that builds up in the rivers.

They don’t actually come into the rivers to breed, as is sometimes suggested. By the time the rivers are flooded, barramundi have usually finished their spawning in the saltwater outside the river mouths.

The longer and wetter the wet season, the more bait that builds up and the more barramundi that show up. Not only do they show up, they get incredibly fat, and they stay longer in the river during the ensuing dry season.

Younger barra also have a far greater rate of survival during a big wet season, as they can spread out away from their cannibal cousins, and there is more food for them.

The relationship between big wet seasons and big catches is well proven by the results of NT competitions such as the Barra Classic and Barra Nationals.

Which gets me to my final point – the 2017 wet season started incredibly well, and it pretty much didn’t stop raining until April. Ads I write this the catchments are now draining, and the greenwater trolling season is in full swing.

The year 2017 is a barra bumper!

When you add the NT’s superb Million Dollar Fish promotion, it doesn’t get any better.