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Travel Reports: Northern Territory, 1/1/11

Northern Territory,  1/1/11

Sandy and I arrived back at our Daly River Camp early this month to find the river running at a steady 11 metres above pool level.

Reports of some excellent fishing have started to filter through especially as the river was rising late in December indicating that the annual influx of big breeders has moved up the river with the high water levels. All we need now is for the flood levels to maintain their current heights for another 4 to 6 weeks and we will be in for a great 2011 run-off.

Early in the wet is a time that we also get to do a bit of culvert fishing, yes, culverts. These drains which run under some of our outback roads actually connect some of our Floodplains to the billabongs and rivers. As the water level rises under these selective culverts the Barra move upstream to the culvert discharge points to ambush small Herring, Frogs and Mullet being flushed off the Floodplains.

All that is required is a handful of small soft plastics, your favourite Barra outfit and you are in business. Over the past week I have been using the 80mm Shimano Squidgy (colour "drop Bear") to great effect on some good fish up to 73cm fishing the culvert outside our front gate at Banyan Farm. Each year the culverts produce some surprisingly big fish but the majority of the fish would be in the 50 to 75cm size range.


Some care is needed when fishing these road side drains as the traffic passing by can get very close to your back cast! It is a great way to spend a few hours each day while the rivers are in full flood and pick up a great feed at the same time.

Our first charter this year is on the 2nd of February at Shady Camp and I will be keen to let you all know how the season has kicked off. John Bouter is the guide on our second Boat and we will both be at Shady for 2 weeks next month to see if we can pick up some solid early season Barra from the Coastal Creeks in Chambers Bay.


Stuart Reid's 50lb Pending World Record PNG Black Bass

Pending World Record Black Bass

Papuan Black Bass are renowned the world over as the toughest pound for pound freshwater fish in the world, and the place to find the biggest Black Bass is PNG's Gulf province. The current all tackle world record Black Bass of 46lbs, and the fish pictured (caught on 19/6/14, by Stuart Reid, Fishabout) which is the pending world record at 50lbs, were both caught from these rivers.

Once you feel the strike you know that no freshwater fish can come close to the power. Watching 100kg guys get knocked over on the strike, reels give way, rods break in half and 130LB pound braid snap from the pound for pound strongest fighting fresh water fish is a sight to behold. If would like to experience the thrill of targeting PNG Black Bass and Barramundi in remote areas with very low fishing pressure contact us now

Kadavu Island - Great Astrolabe Reef

Fiji Macky

The pristine Fiji Islands are home to the South Pacific's finest sport and game fish, including massive GT's, monster dogtooth tuna, yellowfin tuna, dolphin fish, wahoo, spanish mackerel, black marlin, blue marlin and plenty of reef fish. Many of these species are endemic to the Great Astrolabe Reef (one of the largest barrier reefs in the world), which is the reef that encompasses Kadavu Island, Fiji.Fishabout now offer 6 and 8 day fishing packages to explore this marine wonder of the world, which include 3 and 5 days fishing respectively. For more information click here

Endyalgout Remote Fishing Camp

Sunset at Endyalgout

Fishabout is pleased to now offer remote fishing trips to Endyalgout Island, one of the best fishing locations in Australia. (Nestled on the south east of the Coburg Penninsula).

Situated on a shell grit beach under shady trees, are several permanent tropical friendly safari style tents, raised on wooden platforms.

Looking out past the resident Crocodile you can see miles and miles of enticing mangroves, barely touched creeks, rivers, rock bars and channels, all calling your name.

From monster Baramundi up to 130cm, to big Black Jewfish, Threadfin Salmon, various Trevallies, and some of the biggest Golden Snaper to be found anywhere, Endyalgout Island is truly a dream to fish.

Pricing ranges from $4350 (4 days, 3 anglers per boat) to $6910 (7 days, 2 anglers per boat)

For more information please click here