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Travel Reports: Territory Wrap Up, 4/4/11

Territory Wrap Up, 4/4/11

It's All About RAIN!!

Just how much rain can we take!!
John and I have just fished one of the wettest starts to the run-off since the dawning of time.

March 2011 will go down as one of the wettest ends to the wet season on record, we have only managed to squeeze one charter into the Daly and as I write we have just been put on flood alert again on the 4th of April. The Daly is almost un-fishable at the moment with water levels still hovering over 13.5 metres above the Crossing. The Barra Nationals fishing comp has just been postponed until the end of May in the hope that things will subside to fishable levels.... It has been a truly extraordinary year.

Tannin Run Off at Marsh Creek

With the Daly so wet we have had to swing our attention over to Shady Camp on the famous Mary River and we have some outstanding fishing which has helped tolerate the continuous battering from thunder storms.

The early part of the month was tough with continuous heavy rainfall cooling down the water and inundating flood plains. Shane and Katie Curry spent a few days early in the month and although be plagued by heavy rain everyday and putting up with me spinning a prop on day 2 they put in a great effort.
We managed a few fish each day with Shane's mate "Hutto" going home with an 87cm fish for his effort and Katie right behind him with a 73... Shane took the points with numbers although there was some protest from "Hutto" about spin rods and the fish farm.

The KHO's joined us for a great 3 dayer at Shady on the neap tides nailing over 75 fish for the trip all casting around the infamous "S Bends".

Metre Madness!!

Rod Markwell and his PB 104cm Barra

We fished around the Full Moon in March and we had an unreal 2 days at the mouth of Marsh Creek in Chambers Bay. We landed a handful of big fish and lost some monsters. The fish we landed were 101cm, 104cm and Rob Hoey's 109cm...... The fish we lost were huge straightening and snapping "Owner" heavy duty 1/0 trebles!! It was a great trip and to see so many big fish caught and released shows how healthy the system is.

Rob's 109 and Rod "100 series" Markwell's 104 were fish of a lifetime and something everyone with a hankering for all things Barra should have a crack at least once. These big fish are almost predictable in Chambers bay on the right tides and with only 4 or 5 windows available each year you should pencil this one in early if you would like a shot at your next metery.

We had a small window of subsiding water at the Daly when Warwick Marshall with his 8 year old son Angus and Father Jim visited us late this month. The fishing was tough but the boys kept at it for the 3 days, young "Gus" was unreal just casting his arm for the whole trip and was rewarded with a fantastic Barra of 82cm (that nearly pulled him overboard)

It is not very often you have 3 generations on board the boat and there should more of it. As tough as it was the boys did well all with personal best fish, Warwick an 85cm, Gus with his great 82 and Jim with a huge 93cm Barra.

Katie Curry with a nice 73cm Barra

Anyway..... What does all this water mean apart from the fact that John and I are growing webbed feet!

It means that we are in the middle of one of the biggest breeding seasons we have had for years and fish stocks are going to be boiling over...... Next year will be excellent and the next 2 years after that will be fantastic, so though 2011 will probably go down as a bit of short term pain, I think you better get in early for next year because it is goin to be a bumper crop!


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