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Travel Reports: Top End Report, 12 08 11

Top End Report, 12 08 11

It's All About
Here comes the Build Up

August is the time of the year we Love to Hate! The humidity is well and truly on it's way and water temps are about to start to move rapidly in the Barra direction.

This change in seasons is almost like a run-off with out the rainfall, Saltwater Barra have made there move back into the estuary's of the big river systems and all of the resident river and Billabong fish start to get hungry again.

The bigger saltwater models start to hunt the estuary mouths, rocky headlines and reef systems around big creek and river mouths. The neap Tides make for some great casting action in these areas.

The flats in and around places like Shoal Bay and Darwin Harbour are prime targets for low tide drain action as well.

Talking about Billabong action....John Bouter guided two groups last month on the exclusive Billabongs of Labelle Station return cricket scores of Barra with many great fish in the high 60's and 70's sliding into the net. All of this action was mostly on surface lures making the fishing even more exciting. I think the numbers John was touting were in the 100's which is pretty impressive

The Daly is still the signature Barra river this year (it is most years) with great results coming from our last lot of day trips this year.

Darbs and good mate Shane Curry had a 2 day Barra Bash on the Daly to finish the season this year and returned 118 fish for their efforts. 60 of the fish were between 60cm up to 80cm, how good is that river? I think Shane got Darbs on the numbers but fell short on the quality.


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