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Top End Regional Finance

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Joker and TERF

Top End Regional Finance as you know isn’t a fishing brand nor is it a boat or tackle dealer. On the other hand the crew at TERF do make wishlists, dreams and pride and joys come to life. The brand is as it states a local company based in the Top End for everyone. Haydon and his family are locals and has been up here for many years and understands the top end way of life. He looks after locals with good rates and will go the extra mile to make you feel comfortable.  I know how daunting it is finding loans with big organisations as when I was buying my boat 2 years ago, wasn’t looking good for me as my wife new what she wanted and wouldn’t settle for anything less. I approached Haydon and his team and must admit that the only reason i have my boat today is because of this legend. 2 years on and his business has slowly expanded and offers a lot more to people.

 

So if you are looking for a competitive rate for Car, Boat or what ever you want talk this local lad. He will look after you even if your interstate. He’s ready to tackle what Australia has to offer if you need to finance it. He offers a great range of products to finance some outdoor fun. Enjoy a bit of skiing or fishing? For some of fishos this is called boating due to lack of fish. Need that quad, buggy or that caravan for your trip around Australia? We are here to help you achieve that dream.

Overnight at the Rig

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Overnight at the Rig

Went out overnight to the Rig with some great lads the other night and found us in a bit of hurt. Not long after the sun fell we were on our way out to the big blue. Was slow to start with but we sounded around and managed to find small bait schools. After a few passes found the larger fish working under them. Took a few drops of our jigs to get some action happening. A lot of Trevalley and Mack’s were around. They were well fed and gave some of our gear a work out. Our jig collection slowly minimising after every drop. Even the wire traces were getting smoked and cut off.

 

The Quantum Cabo 4000 reel for a little reel packs quite a punch. Turning some of them bigger Macks before they disappeared under the rig. Was that intense even when we had our cook up in the early hours and we couldn’t finish eating before hooking up again, fighting fish with half eaten sausages or lamb chops hanging out of our mouths why we tried to bring the fish to the boat. The poor decky couldn’t quite keep up and was hurting early, so passed out for a few hours (you can see in the photo below on cast deck). Great night and even watching the build up storms around us hitting the Tiwis, Darwin and surrounds as we fished on with stars above us most of the night.

 

 

Garmin Panoptix

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Garmin Panoptix

I have recently installed an Garmin Panoptix PS30 transducer to my 550 Formosa. Panoptix is what Garmin call this awesome technology advancement, you can actually see fish and bait swimming around under your boat — in real time even while stationary. You get 3 remarkable views: LiveVü Down, RealVü 3-D Down and RealVü 3-D Historical.  I went to a local Billabong to test out this transducer, I didnt end up with any good screen shots of the 3D down or historical but in the videos below i got some great footage of bait fish chasing my 20g 95mm Mad Keen vibe.

 

Now for any one not up in the loop with LiveVü settings I can explain a little more. This function provides real-time moving sonar images. You can see fish swimming under the boat. You can see small baitfish and large target fish swimming around, even your lure. Proven in the videos below. Very easy technology to use and in the coming weeks I hope to get out more on the blue water and use the RealVü 3-D Down and RealVü 3-D Historical and post some videos like the ones I have collected for LiveVü.

A quick explanation on the videos below. You will see the my lure drop down on the left hand side of the screen to the bottom. I jig it up and let it drop to the bottom again. You will see it attracts fish to the general area. You will see a pink stream after the fish that dart off quickly that have disrupted the water around them. Red dots moving around the screen also being fish (mullet, tarpon or sooty grunter). Unfortunately its was tested in shallow water and didn’t get to see any bigger fish in the time we were testing.

Million Dollar Fish

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Million Dollar Fish

 

Million Dollar Fish

Million Dollar fish campaign logo

In 2015 the government initiated a competition Million Dollar Fish based in the NT.  To boost tourism during the off peak times. This competition has 101 Barramundi swimming around unknown locations in the territory. Out of the 101 barra 100 are wort $10k as one luck fish is worth $1million. This little competition that the NT government initiated generates invaluable national and international exposure. Which is putting the Territory on the map as the place to come to fish.

Little do many know 2015 (season 1) myself and 3 mates won a trip to chase the elusive Barra. One in a life time win and I got share it with  a good mate Darren, my brother inlaw Michael and my father Darren. Seems so long ago we were apart of the fun. The money is not the only reason to register there’s also prizes given away during the comp. Which as a result has seen the seasons have grown more and more as the years go on. Best bit is its not only for tourists, the locals can participate as well.

Competition dates are from 1st October to 28th February. This is plenty of time to get your rods and head to the Top End and bag a Barra. While in season 3 (2017) to date 4 barra have been claimed, a staggering $40K gone. These fish caught have been by locals and not in one area.

Since I have found the videos made from season 1 Million Dollar fish campaign I thought I would share them. They are attached below for your viewing.

 

Team Joker 2018 Barramundi Competitions

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Team Joker 2018 Barramundi Competitions

The Journey

Team Joker 2018 Barramundi Competitions

Author with his team down the Daly apart of the 2017 Barra Nationals

I have spent many man hours on the water of the Northern Territory. Yes i have spent a lot of money and time finding out how to fish certain rivers/dams/billabongs and what moon phase and tides to be there (still learning every trip). But that’s what I do for my sport and lifestyle I choose. I’ve heard the saying fishing is not the destination but the vehicle, and as I get more in depth into my fishing does that saying get closer to the truth.

Barramundi Classic 2018

Team Jokers invite to the Barramundi classic 2018

I look back now and still remember chasing bass in Wivenhoe with mates in a flat bottom punt and an electric motor. Dad would charge up the batteries prior to us lugging them down the boat ramp. Then grabbing our rods (which dad made) and lunching and start the epic journey across the dam. Sometimes miss judging our return and having to paddle back.  In the present I’m fishing out of a Formosa 5.5mtr classic territory with most bling you can get today, chasing the elusive Barramundi.

The only real difference between now and then is I have to pay my own way. Of recent years I have started a journey, getting into the competition circuit. It  has been extremely valuable on so many levels.

  • Meet great like minded anglers that enjoy fishing as much as me
  • I have had to adapt a plan on how I will attack each day, with what lures.
  • Work on methods that gets the fish to the boat quicker so it releases better
  • Study and use gear to suit me and my fishing not other peoples
  • Have a team I trust in my boat that have the knowledge like netting a Barramundi and discuss game plans

Barra Nationals logo 2018

Barra Nationals 2018 logo

In 2017 Team Joker was fortunate to be selected to fish 2 of the 3 big Barramundi competition. Both held in the Northern Territory. Kakadu Klash held on the South Alligator river, the first comp Team Joker fished, placing 31st out of 40 teams. Few weeks latter Barra Nationals held on the the Daly river, the 2nd comp Team Joker was apart of. Finishing 40th out of 62 teams and placing 15th out of the mixed teams. For our first go, cant be to disappointed as it taught us a few lessons.

In 2018 Team Joker will be fishing in Barra Nationals & Barramundi Classic. Both events are prestigious and are approximately a week long each. The Daly river will be getting a work out this year by the green and purple boat. We have not received an invitation yet to suggest we are fishing in the Kakadu Klash in 2018, we wait with high hopes. We will be greatly prepared for the comps coming next year, as we know now what to expect.

 

Mad Keen Products

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What Mad Keen is about

I have been working along side Mad Keen for almost a year. Living in the top end I need quality fishing attire that will last the harsh conditions. A local Australian company have products that are extremely advanced in technology for the price. Not only be able to stand up to the fish slimed punishment but also be easy to wear. Over the years I have found my self wearing a lot of fishing sublimates from various brands, and can tell you there is no brand that can cater for the wide range of fishos that Australia has. Mad Keen offers apparel for the weekend fisho, the comp fisho, the mud crabber and the fisho who just wants to have a beer and soak a bait.

The point is, that not all anglers want the same thing from their fishing experience… Mad Keen has you covered no matter what your preference and for all occasions. The team is so diverse its not only made up of comp fisherman but also the bloody good weekend fisho who wants clothing that repels blood, sweat…and beers

Mad Keen are not just cloths and hats, there a company that deals in all sorts of goodies. For instant MK Quivers (vibe lure) are a new edition to the family. Mug guards and Polarised  eyewear are also another great initiative. All products are good quality and comfortable and look the part on the water.

What Mad Keen Stands for

At the end of the day, we are all good mates sharing our passion. We love and obsession for all things fishing. If you love a good laugh and spinning a good yarn about ‘the one that got away’ around the campfire whilst looking bonzer in your quality fishing gear, then you’ll fit right in with the Mad Keen Australia. No matter who you are, or what level of enthusiasm you have for your fishing – from the beer stained lads “Livin It” up out at the reef, to the serious tournament winning seasoned pro – there’s a Mad Keen niche for you.

 

Junior Angler Education Clinic

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Great Initiative For Junior Angler Education Clinic

Earlier in the year Fishing Team Joker helped at 2017 Kids Clinic put on by the Palmerston game fishing club. Kids have the chance to go Barramundi fishing. What a hit it is with not only the kids but the parents to. It was a full on day as you can tell by some of the footage in the short video below. This event is definitely with out a doubt some thing to pride your self on when your involved. 80% of these kid would not normally get to do this or have done this out side of this event. With catching fish they also learn how to respect the fish and the water ways of the top end. Along with that learn a few rules from the local water police, let off some flares and tie some knots.

 

So even tho the get to catch a mighty Barramundi, they get to experience what it feels like to hold the top end legend. They also gain knowledge, understanding and self achievement of what they have just done. These kids cast and fight the fish them selves. The only help parents and volunteers give is netting the fish.

Spending most of the day at Humpty Doo Barramundi farm its always good to go back to the Palmerston Game Fishing Club for a dinner. Its was a perfect opportunity to talk with the parents and kids together. To find out how they felt about the day and what they learnt.

Next years PGFC Junior Clinic will be looking for new and willing candidates. Its a great day out of the house, where you can have fun and enjoy what the top end known for. Before you go home you can have a drink and a feed at the PGFC club house to unwind before heading home.

Kids clinic video

Fishing Local billabong with my daughter

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Fishing Billabongs with my daughter

My daughter has been nagging me for weeks to go fishing. Even worse now as she is on school holidays. So tides were not really in our favor, with just me and her going fishing. We thought a local billabong as its easy to get boats in and out. Decided to go half day with a 5am start and as she was still sound asleep putting her into the car.

 

As we approached the boat ramp not long after the sun arose. I sussed out the water and height of the billabong. It looked somewhat shallower to previous years I fished it. Getting the boat off and on the trailer was hard as the water was level with the bottom of the ramp. Made it hard to launch with out going to deep with the car.

Once on the water I moved across to the electric ‘Minn Kota’ to stat our hunt for the Barramundi. Wasn’t long before K-wee hooked up to her first Barra for the day.

 

Stoked she was one up and already her taunting of me for not having a fish yet had started. K-wee was running a Mad Keen vibe ‘Red Devil’ color which looked pretty and slayed another 4 Barramundi before midday. Releasing barramundi highlighted in the video the safest way up here. I had a decent fish on but lost him at the back of the boat which was my own fault due to running light leader to gain more strikes from the fish hiding in the structure.

 

K-wee is starting to get he bug as she wants photos with majority of her fish. I have made a quick video of our day with a couple of fish that K-wee caught hope you enjoy as much as she did.

 

Pelagic fishing wide of Dariwn

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Pelagic Fishing Darwin

Went out for a fish out wide of Darwin on Friday with a mate/neighbor/captain Daryl. Took the chance while his father inlaw was up. We started early and were on the water and heading out before sun up. Started lumpy for the first part of the day as the swell was up but not a lot of chop. The wind stayed away for best part of the day. Which gave us the best chance to get amongst it and hopefully raise some fish.

As we approached our first spot we could see small pocket of birds working but nothing to exciting. We rigged up our battle sticks and as we saw a lot of Tuna commotion a couple of hundreds meters away. As we flicked Daryl’s father inlaw was the first to connect up solidly and land one on the deck, buggered and already not looking forward to the next encounter (I was using a Jarvis Walker BrandsFinn-Nor Megalite 4000 reel and a Zeikel 3-6kg spin) we composed our selves and moved to chase them again. Chased them for 1.5hrs – 2hrs and were everywhere. Decision was made to troll and chase some of the bigger pelagic’s.

But wasn’t long and we were scrambling as we had multiple double and triple hook ups of Mack’s and tuna. We lost more than we put on the deck but thats all part of the fun. We had many close encounters with Big Tax collectors but were very fortunate as we only lost 1-2 fish to the big buggers, but we found once they jumped or saw them change direction quick we free spooled our reels to give them a chance to escape the jaws. Tired and drenched in sweat we thought it was time to hit a few reefs on the way home.  Picked up some Goldies, Snapper and a Cobia which is very successful. Captain had it sorted as he had knowledge of the are but also trusted his gear on board and knew how to read his sounder.

 

Harbour Looking Good

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Have been hitting the harbour over a few days and it has not yet failed to impress, we have found a few Queenies and Barra. Have had a few good evenings out on the water with Jordan and Daryl, as we got double hook up’s on some nice Queen fish. Its always good to duck out after work and be at the boat ramp by 530pm and be at your spot by 6pm and only one other car and boat trailer in the car park. And then to find an abundant of Barra from rats to Jordan’s 72cm one caught on 6lbs gear was an epic battle that he won. The harbour is fishing well and the best I have seen it for a few years and if this is the start it will be good in the years to come hope we get the wet seasons to back up in the years to come.

Cat Fish Classic

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In August we were lucky enough to attend the annual Palmerston Game Fishing Clubs Cat Fish Classic held at at the Marry river. Had a ball with the kids and was a great weekend with family and friends, with a lot of fish caught from catfish to Barra. But like usual the kids out fishing me with a lot of rats bough

t to the boat which was good to see the billabong alive will fish. But who would of thought it was so hard to catch a catfish get get points to have a crack at the tittle of being cat fish royalty, saying that still weren’t disappointed  with the fish caught alot of bait and chrome Barra swimming around.

 

 

Biggest fish in my boat was Jordan’s 67cm Barramundi which was a fat fish not caught far from the camp site. But both the kids landing a few tarpon and ridiculous amount of rat Barra cant get the smiles of the faces for days and keep nagging me to go camping and fishing again, got to chalk that up for a win in my book.   

Exploration in the Tinny

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Went out to Kakadu on a late night run chasing the elusive Barramundi. A good mate Jordan and I ended up getting out there early and getting the little tinny out and flicking a line. We worked some heavy structured areas sounding fish but had troubles getting them to strike maybe due to the water temp being a tad on the cold side. Never the less we continued on, was slow going so we changed our tactics and moved spots. 

 

 

We got a few hits as we worked really tight structure that we were sounding up, obviously loosing a few lures along the way (but it’s part of the fun). Just a bit before lunch boof we were on and first Baz to the boat. That’s when the turning point of the day happened as we picked up heaps of rats and a few solid fish with the biggest sizing in at 77cm. Do have to give a special mention to my new Zeikel Speedy rod was awesome bit of kit and was a also complimented by Jarvis Walker Brands Quantum HD reel. Can’t wait for the next trip all pumped ready for it. 

Aaron Waker.

Walking Kakadu

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Went for a quick drive out to kakadu for the monthly fishing comp for Palmerston Game Fishing Club Inc. “On the Bongs” had a good day with dad. Walked a few of the top sections around some remote billabongs in Kakadu. Was a slow day with lots of hits but not many connections and as always lost a few lures. We managed a few small Barramundi and stonker sooty grunter but also managed to wrangle up a nice fat 65 to finish it off.

Jordan Smart.

East Alligator

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Bit of fun at the east Alligator last week. Late start to head off as origin was the night before and some sore heads didn’t allow the early started anticipated. After getting away just before 9am we started the

3hr drive out to Kakadu for a family trip, and hopefully find some fish for the kids. arriving at Aurora Kakadu at just before lunch we set up camp and had some lunch, and unpacked the boat then we were

off. We pulled up to our first fishing spot and not a lot was happening but Shaun casting his rod out with a little bit of help, started winding in as young kids like to do hooked up to a rat and was excited like no tomorrow. Pulled up to spot 2 and a lot of rat were around and kids were into it, Kayla getting her new combo a work out and making sure it catches fish. As the sun was fading I managed to pull up a 58cm model to close the day out and the Mrs managed to hook up but didn’t get it to the boat.

 

On the 2nd Morning Kids were in the element and having a ball, lots of rats and managed to land 4 decent fish in the 60’s. My wife taking out the most fish for the 1.5 days at 32 to the boat. Even got the mother in law on to her first Barramundi.

 

 

Highlight of the trip was Kayla hooking up on the dying minutes of the trip, but with    her turning to me and saying she was snagged. Only to turn and see her fish launch out of the water and my emotion turned from not again to panic stations, but she was cool and content the whole time, even telling me when to net her fish! She’s learning quickly my girl gotta love it.

An arvo on Corroboree Billabong

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I got the boat back early this week and thought since I have been off the water for best part of 2 months, I would go for a few hours out at Corroboree Billiabong for an dusk trip. Being a school day I had a happy little decky (my daughter) who was already to go as I picked her up from school, she was pumped and bubbly all arvo. We hit the water about 5 pm and headed on our way to a few spots that had fished well the previous year and lucky for us there was some surface action happening near some Lilly’s. The sun was rapidly falling from the sky and my daughter had already had a few tarpon hooked up and a couple of baby Barramundi which most had spat the hooks, she was having a blast.

 

So with 4 of us on the boat only 2 of us had the luck and was getting the lures stuck in some bucket mouths, 1 being my daughter and 2nd was Jordan who is a keen fisho as well where bringing in the fish while myself and my father in-law were probably letting the team down somewhat.  But wasn’t long till our crocodile friends turned up after hearing the commotion of the fish and stated to make some hectic noises and splashes chasing away the bait. So after the fun was interrupted by the snapping handbags we changed our tactics to trolling, by this time was getting late so was a good idea to push back to the boat ramp.

 

Marking fish on the sounder a few times they were sitting deep on the bottom while we trolled some deep divers and some vibes but only got a few hits with no connections. We pulled off the water about 10pm and headed home with my 5year old daughters grin from ear to ear still in her tired state. I would call that successful night when your child has a ripper time smashing through rats and tarpon, but i think its time to upgrade her combo to something a little more serious.   

Importance of a Good Nets Man

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Over the years I have lost some good fish beside the boat due to many reasons, from rushing to get the fish in the net to the fish still being green (still lots of energy). The main case I see is the nets man swooping at the fish, spooking the fish to jump and the net man getting the lure and fish stuck on the out side of the net. This is not a situation you want to find your self in with a nice/ PB fish in the water, nothing is more nerve racking than that. I have heard a few lads talk about a saying “Behind every great angler is a great net man” which is pretty much on the money in my book. Hooking big fish is only half of the equation, landing big fish however takes team work.

Any body who has attempted to put the hurt on a big fish in heavy current knows that there’s just as much skill required of the net man as there is of the guy doing the fighting. Unfortunately as an angler, there’s not much you can do to make the nets mans job any easier. As i have a young family, and they show interest in being on the boat with me wanting to wet a lines, I have had to think of how I have to approach them with net training and make them understand the importance of both roles.

So what i believe are the main sections of netting a fish are:

Communicate while fighting your fish, let the person going to be netting your fish know exactly what you’re going to do ahead of time. Talk to each other, the person with the fish call the shots like “I’m switching sides,” or “I’m going to get his head up..” Communication is key and many big fish are lost when the angler and the net man aren’t on the same page.

Big, Slow Lift you achieve this by not rushing and reel down until you have enough control to make a big slow lift of the rod. The goal of this is to lift their head up towards the surface of the water and then directly beside you where the net man will be waiting to take his shot. By lifting the head up the fish can only swim one direction and up isn’t a direction that gives them much to work with, which in turn gives the net man time to do his thing.

Steer the fish towards the net, best way to do this is positioning of the nets man on the boat ideally down current side, this is the point when the net man will most likely try to make a successful net. Therefore as the fish’s head begins to point down current, use your rod to keep pressure on the fish and ‘steer’ his head towards the net. A good net man will always net the head of the fish whenever possible, so give them a good look at it.

I recon with these basics should improve your netting skills and help out next time you have a PB fish on the other end.

 

 

Buddy Boats 2017

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What an event put on by the Palmerston Game Fishing Club yet again, My self and my wife were very honoured again to be a part of PGFC’s Buddy Boats for 2017. Buddy Boats is an event were the awesome people from the Palmerston Game Fishing Club take out the wonderful people from HPA in conjunction with Total Recreation for a half day fishing and then head back to the club for a BBQ lunch. For those that are not aware HPA is “Helping People Achieve” its a non-government not-for-profit organisation that has been providing services to Territorians with physical and  intellectual disabilities since 1963, in the Darwin and Palmerston areas.

I want to say thanks to Kristen Knoble and Mark Baily for coordinating the event this year again and say thanks to all that were involved organising and giving your boats up, making it a great day for everyone involved. There were a lot of fish caught this year with every buddy getting a fish to the boat, a lot of Goldie’s and bream were the main contender but some decent Cod and Mud crabs did also make it on to some boats.

Was a fantastic day considering the weather was not in our favour with the wind picking up just before midday making it a bit rough to really hard escape from the confines of the Elizabeth river. But we made with what was available and fish were still on the bite.

 

As unfortunate my boat was out of action awaiting parts for the gear box but thanks to Wendy and Brian for lending us there boat so we were able to participate.

 

Trip to the Daly

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A few days after competing in the Palmerston Game Fishing Clubs 22nd Barra Nationals (already spending a week on the Daly) my Brother in law Michael flew in with his family for a bit of this Barra therapy, So I had geared up this plan for something special. A trip down to the Moyle river located approximately 150kms south of Dundee by boat which would of only seen a hand full of boats for the start of the year, as Channel Island boat ramp is still closed due to road damage. Was looking good until we put in at Dundee boat ramp and had wind blowing reasonably hard, which would make for an interesting trip down the coast. As we push through the chop on Fog Bay we got past Point Blaze  and was looking all right, so we continued down until we started to see swell in Anson Bay and with the wind blowing against the tide we found it was not best to continue on down the coast. So we made a B line for the Daly river Mouth where we could get a rest and rethink our options. As we sat there looking out into the b  ay we had defeat upon us, so we made thedecision to run up the Daly and fish a few creeks we hope would still be fishing well.

As we reached our first destination we slowly creeped up the creek and found a lively little spot and dropped the electric motor and anchored for a while. About 20mins we had our first fish in the boat only a rat but still a fish nethertheless, we kept casting and bam I hooked up to a 62cm Barra and into the net it goes. At this point we are all starting to get our happy faces back and work the area for the rest of the day which we pulled 38 fish from ranging from 64cm to 20cm. As the arvo was slowly disappearing we decided to drift with the current and flick all the snags and back eddies till we reached the mouth, picking up a few fish as we go and using the Minn Kota to spot lock us if we had a fish on so we could net it easier or move us to the centre of the river as we floated down so flicking wouldn’t get difficult. as we neared the mouth Michael was flicking and got a hit as he striked the fish must of dropped the lure and got it snagged, all while he thought the fish has got it tried to mussel the fish and snapped his rod unfortunately i worked out not long after it was my rod. So after our little laugh session at Michael we got to the mouth we threw the anchor and called it a night.

 

Awoke on Day 2 to the sun shining and we were ready to get some more bent rods happening. Boys got breakfast happening as I warmed up the Suzuki ready for a quick strap to a new destination a bit further up the river. Cleaned up the deck and put our sleeping gear away and we were off to around Alligator head to see what we could wrangle up. At that point in the morning the tide was running out and were close to the change of tide, we went to a troll and finding structure and working them over a few runs. With much successes we hooked up early and had a fish in the boat within minutes of trolling so we continued to work that snag for a while and started to move down and work other snags that were producing. On one troll run we were running deep divers trying to bash the timbers when Michael was hooked up to a big fish, unlucky for him it ran in to structure and got snagged up we tried to get it out but to no luck. So we waited to see if it would jump like they do when they still have bling hanging off them but nothing. We continued our troll run and at the end turned around and started to head back as we did one of the lads called a fish head floating down the middle of the river as we approached it had Michael’s lure hanging it out of its gob and then we realized it got sharked, needless to say he was spewing to see it in such away. Was good to sit back for a bit and enjoy the company and the river, was short lived and we hooked up again to a bigger fish we were excited but on the second dance it spat the lure (one of them moment you see it happen in slow mo, fish one way the lure the other way) and left us a devastated and wanting more. An hour later Michael hooked up to a solid fish the run for cover and broke him off, which was a bugger then suddenly a head come to the surface and had his lure hanging out of it then we realised it had been sharked much to his disgusted. We were mainly using timber lures from Twin River Lures that dive to 4m and just sat above most of the structure, it was working a treat and on the low was banging on the timber/rocks to keep the Barra fired up and interested. As the arvo approached we snuck into a creek and we started working our magic again trying to upgrade our biggest, as you do always looking for your PB fish.

As the high tide was coming to the slow the water clarity was getting better and the fish seem to be getting more aggressive with our presented lures. Only took a couple of casts and we had a few fish to the boat was going well to be a great afternoon. Was extremely good to see the river so alive with so many small fish makes years to come more promising as these little tackers grow they will be of decent size next year. Hope to get another good wet so we see more little tackers on their way and make next year better again. Daly is fishing well at the moment the fish are in abundance, and will keep you entertained for hours. Get to know your gear from sounder to your Minn Kota as these items can help you locate fish/structure and helping you keep in the zone or locked on a certain snag to make sure you get the most out of your lure being in the water and amongst the structure.

Watch the video below of the trip.

Barra Nationals

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Well the Palmerston Game Fishing Clubs 22nd Barra Nationals is finished up for the year and it was a a lot of fun to be apart of. Want to thanks all who were involved in the putting together of the event from the top Dallas Smith and his committee for making it run smoothly and all the marshals for keeping everyone honest on the water and the competitors for making the event possible, and of cause all my sponsors Haydon from Top End Regional Finance, Damian from Mad Keen, Nick from Twin River Lures, ACE Cranes and Vance from Line Cutterz. Without them it would of been a struggle to get there and participate in such a awesome event. Want to shout out to my family as well for being patient and supporting of my endeavor to fish these events and rub shoulders with some of the best fishos not only in the top end but Australia. 

 

 

The Nationals were hard fishing for us, locating them was hard they were hugging structure hard and didn’t seem to abundance of fish around even other teams were struggling with the finding of fish. We worked a few junctions and found a few working the lack there of bait at certain parts of the tide. The change of High tide was the better time of the tide to find them chasing the smaller bait and got a few to the boat just using a slow wind letting the timbre lure slowly roll back to the boat, during the competition the best time was just after lines in as the tide had already changed and was heading out most mornings. As the water started to dirty towards the low we moved out and chanced the cleaner water and at this stage was near Alligator Head, so we turned our attention to trolling the snags. It took us a while to event get a hit but wasn’t due to the lack of trying. we hooked up a few time to fish but couldn’t keep them on long enough to get a net close to them which was disappointing as we needed the points.

Towards the end of the week the tides were getting bigger and we started to see the bait rock up and were marking more fish on the sounder which we had not really seen in the earlier days. We trolled with the bait and were getting a lot of rat Barra which was good to see them around but bad as they were to small to even get a score from. We battled away and having our best day of catching fish on the last day where we had 6 scores to be able to hand in, we were stoked and were pretty pumped. So at the end we ended up 40th out of 62 teams not bad but was a bit disappointed with the end position but that’s fishing and hope to get an invite back next year to get another crack to try and push up into the top 20s.

Twin River Lures

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Tackle and Equipment

Fishing gear and accessories move forward with technology, products, newer materials become more popular and more efficient and gadgets get more expensive. Fishing lures are in my opinion one area in which the pattern is just not true.

 

With newer plastic models being mass produced and often made with cheap materials, wooden lures on the other hand are made individually and very hard to find 2 lures the same. Its a long delicate process to make and finish wooden lures, involving many steps and ensuring all lures have the care taken to manufacture each item. This also ensures each lure to be unique and reinforced time and time again.

That’s exactly what you get when you purchase a Twin River Lure form your local tackle shop, a hand crafted lure made by a fisherman for fisherman. Nick Stock and his family create all types of lures for all types of fishing. Check him out on Facebook and say G’day from me.

 

 

 

 

Kakadu Klash 2017

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Well Kakadu Klash is completed for 2017 and what a great event, my first Klash I have fished and it was a well organised and well run event. Would like to thank my sponsors for helping us out to get out to the South Alligator event to participate. Also want to thanks Aurora Kakadu for putting on a great event. Was hard fishing for us but for our first year but we got fish on the score board, there was a lot of bait roaming the small creeks all the way to the mouth with not a lot of Barramundi hunting them.

We did head to the mouth on the second day and found fish on the sounder and got a few hits, but was a very trying and very frustrating. We finished out the day with a donut on the board much to our disgust, but that’s fishing not always going to take the lure presented. Great couple of Days on the water and cant wait to get out and smash the South Alligator again next year.

 

 

Angie’s First Mack

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Took the family out for the day on the water last weekend, was hoping to do a spot of camping in the boat overnight but weather was not in our favour. We got on the water early to try to push wide before the storm rocked up but was a little to lumpy for the kids so we ran back into the cover of the harbour.

  • Angie's first mack
    Angie's first mack

Checked out a few wrecks (not much activity) and headed over to a few rock ledges where we encountered these little fellas obviously chasing bait. As we saw a few of them dart under the boat, turned to find a mob of birds working the surface. As the kids were happy enough to sit and watch the birds do there thing. I had to throw a jig in amongst them and without much of a crank I got to check my drag washers worked on my reel Stradic. Not long after the getting our first the Mrs hooked up and got her fist mack to the boat.
We chased this school around for a bit and managed a few fish and the kids got to ratbag around in the Harbour while we chased them. So game plan didn’t go down the way we wanted but made do with what we had and produced some nice fish, just goes to show, stay motivated and persistence always pays off

Gearing up for a big 2017

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Well 2017 has arrived and here I am gearing up for a big fishing year (with any luck) with 2 major invite only events sending invites to me to participate. I never thought I would of made it to Barra nationals or even Kakadu Klash for that matter but here I am in 2017 ticking goals off. I must say the year is shaping up to be a good runoff with the rain fall being close to average (which we haven’t seen in a few years).

Upon that I have been fishing quite a bit in 2016 as I had put 200hrs on my Suzuki 150, which seen me out in to some remote places of the top end and hope to be getting out there again this year. I got a trip to the Moyle on the cards and possibly a trip to Melville Island not in the not to distant future with my brother inlaw coming up to get some of the glory in May hopefully the Territory put on a show for him.

I do want to thanks my sponsors old and new for helping me start my 2017 with a bang and getting me ready to get amongst the fishing both Barra and Blue water.

Kakadu Klash

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Well In approximately 8 weeks the tinny will be packed up and hitting the Arnhem Highway out to the wonderful Kakadu to participate in the Kakadu Klash fishing event held by the Arura resorts. I’m pretty excited to be participating in this event as once again its an invite only event.

 

Barra Nationals

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Barra Nationals

Firstly, let me say Hi and welcome to my fishing page. I’m Aaron and this is a site for all fishos, so please feel free to post your fishing trips and or tips and tricks you may have and want to share. So, don’t be shy, follow along and comment, or even ask questions.

 

Team Joker got their invitation a few months back to go to the highly prestigious ‘Barra nationals’, and if anyone is interested in supporting us please get in contact using any of the buttons along the bottom of the page.

 

I am a avid fisho and will spend any opportunity on the water honing my skills indulging in the piscatorial adventure trialling products and offering locality feedback to my fishing club members, and other local fishos.

Line Cutterz Ring

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Tackle and Equipment

So I have teamed up with Line Cutterz to try and spread the word about this awesome product. Its simple and easy to use as well as being able to cut up to 100 lbs braid or monofilament line.

The best part about the the ring is you don’t actually have to wear it on your finger. Many others put them on there rods, boat rails, kayaks and there still thinking up ways on where to mount them.

They are very durable and constructed well using exceptional products and parts from abs plastic to the stainless steel blades.

 

Mrs and My day out

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A few months back myself and my wife managed to find a sitter for the kids for a day and high tailed out to South Gutter in the NT. Was a great day out chasing a few Trevally near the Rig located slightly north of the tip of south gutter. We spent most of the day jigging which was very successful and managed a couple of small trout off the bottom.

On the way out  we did come across some late tuna busting up but no luck in getting them to the boat. Angie did manage to get some footage of the dolphins racing the boat, which was exceptional little encounter.

Needless to say we had a cracker of a day and got some fish for dinner.

The Mighty Moyle

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In May a good mate Darren and I went for a trip down to the Moyle where he popped his Barramundi cherry. We arrived in the wee hours on a Monday morning and camped till sunrise. It wasn’t long after sunrise that we hooked a solid 91cm Barra. A few hours past and a few beers disappeared from the esky and well past midday we decided to troll deep, as we were getting close to the top of the high.

 

So Dazza chucked a crazy deep diver on and was bashing bottom for around 10 minutes, and as the tide slowed his rod bent over, and his reel started screaming. It was quite a fight, and Dazza was clearly ecstatic.  After we caught our first glimpse, I needed to remind him that Barra are damn good escape artists. Once the solid 89cm was netted and aboard, we got the obligatory picture.

 

After the turn of the tide, and some lunch, we headed down to the mouth to flick a few vibes. It was all very quiet for some time, too quiet. All of a sudden we were amongst a school of ‘Threadies’. Daz again got his fix and we must give the Threadies some credit as they really challenged giving the th the rods, reels, and shoulders.

 

As the sun dropped below the horizon, we setup to troll the incoming tide and give it a good hard crack before we called it a night. We spotted a fish on the sounder, the excitement increased as I’m still getting used to some new equipment. Moments later Daz’s rod buckled over and he landed a fat 72cm. A quick photo, a few measurements, a tag, and it was released to fight again. Daz had a smile from ear to ear and was pumped, so we continued on the same troll path where not 5 minutes later Daz was on again. For the rest of the night Daz slayed the Barra, with him catching over 50 solid Barra and I managed over 20, a big day indeed.

 

The next morning we decided to find some Goldies or Jewies. But managed to land ourselves right on top of a school of Tuna. The Sashimi that night was fantastic.

 

Daz got a royal trip in the top end with abundance of fish, I think we will see him back again.