Team Joker 2018 Barramundi Competitions
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.
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
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.