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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.

 

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

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.

 

 

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.