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Travel Reports: Top End (NT) Report, 07 06 11

Top End (NT) Report, 07 06 11

Its All About
Barra and Bluewater

As we wind down out of Run-Off mode over the past month it was time to focus on a bit of Bluewater & Barra.

John and I have just had an Amazing month fishing the Daly, the Finniss and a bit of Bluewater out off Dundee Beach in Fog Bay.

Chris Punch and his Father John and Ben Pearson spent a memorable 4 days with us in May fishing a mix a Barra and Bluewater at Dundee Beach in Fog Bay. We had a memorable session on the Bluewater out from Point Jenny on Spanish Mackerel to 15kg, spinning up Mack Tuna to 6kg and double hookups jigging for GT's and Tea Leaf Trevally.

The Barra fishing was excellent with 2 sessions casting the floodplains on the big tides landing big numbers of quality fish. John Punch who had not fished in 72 years landing the biggest Barra for the trip at 86cm.

Rob Clarke with his brothers in law John and Frank and his Father Brian also spent a great 4 days with us last month. Brian at 78 years of age showed up the young fella's with the most Barra, the largest Black Jewfish and going blow for blow on the Mackerel and Tuna. Check out the picture at the top of the article of Brian with his 1300mm Black Jewfish, it was an outstanding capture in anyone's book. Rob Clarke found himself on the end of a 1200mm black beauty as well (see pic below).

Our Barra & Bluewater trips are a great alternative to the run-off safaris if you are looking to mix up your fishing a bit and perhaps visit in the cooler months of May, June or July.

The Daly has been on fire now in dry season mode with double figure captures a regular event on our day trips and fish in the 80 to 95cm bracket a common occurrence.

The river is the best shape I have seen it for 10 years and we can expect great fishing over the next couple of seasons of the back of the big wet.

I had the pleasure of fishing the Barra Classic again this year as a member of the Daly Dogs team. Unfortunately we weren't able to repeat last years great result coming in at 15th, we had a melt down and choked on day 4 to put ourselves right out of contention. Hopefully we can have another crack next year!


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