Customer Travis came by the store in preparation for a trip to Darwin in search of a barra or two. Travis was searching for a multi-piece spin rod to take in suitcase form up and use casting lures for barramundi in the rivers and also for some light harbour and beach fishing. Travis ended up using the rod the entirety or the trip and it proved ideal for slinging lures about for all manner of fish. Among the fish caught were barra, threadfin salmon and blue salmon.


Some of the threadfin salmon were around a metre long and were happy to eat hard bodies and soft vibes. The 'guns n roses' colour was a stand out hardbody colour along the creek edges for barra and blue salmon, while smaller soft vibes were deadly on the threadfin in the deeper gutters and holes. These same soft vibes are also very effective on fish like black jewfish and muloway and snapper around Melbourne.


Up along the mid-northern NSW coast customer Terry has been landing some big hairtail. Terry has been fishing offshore and landing these chromed and fanged fish on bait and lure. Pilchards fished on ganged hook rigs have been the standout, but flutter style jigs have also accounted for hookups - but work out more costly when the hairtail's razor sharp fangs touch the line above. 

 


Although the weather at the moment has had similar humidity, the fishing has been different for customer Jacques, who recently returned from a trip to Darwin, and he managed to have a fish while up there. Jacques fished with a local operator in search of Mangrove Jack, Fingermark and even a possible barramundi. Fishing run off mud flats and snake drains Jacques scored some nice school sized barra, with mullet imitation soft plastics the most effective. Tail style can make a big difference in success, with this particular day the huddle or boot tail working the best.


Across in the South Pacific, customer Aaron has been catching some more interesting fish. Aaron has been on honeymoon, and like any desperate angler he has managed to get out and sample some of the local species. Although with limited fishing gear, and dodging the average weather Aaron has managed a few atoll species with the highlight being a nice sailfish caught on a surface popper.

 

Customer Steve had been stocking up slowly over the last few weeks for a trip up north, and now is currently catching up in the Northern Territory. Steve has been doing well on a variety of species fishing out from King Ash bay in both the local creeks and Arafura Sea. Steve said the barra fishing had been tough but fish like this 80cm specimen have been tricked on shallow running hardbodied lures twitched around feeder creeks during the run out tides.

Steve also mentioned the variety of species he has been catching including barramundi, blue salmon, black jewfish, golden trevally, queenfish and also mudcrabs.


Steve found that one of the best fights he has had came from this big queenfish while up north. Steve said that the 'queenie' went crazy and took a live grunter fished in a deeper hole in the river.


Steve has also found out how many sharks are present in northern waters. Steve has been losing a few hooked fish to large whalers, with this nice black jewfish just one of the casualties. The head of this jewie alone was around 3kg, so it wouldv'e been a nice fish. Steve did get some revenge on the sharks however, with this large reef shark kept to feed enough of the locals back at the ramp. The shark took a pilchard rigged on gang hooks in 4m of water and proceeded to flip and jump out of the water during the fight. 

 

 

Most anglers have a 'dream fish' or place they would really love to go and fish. For Customer Barney his dream was to catch a big barra. Barney fulfilled his dream recently while he was in Darwin with his wife Irene. Barney was fishing aboard Vision Charters with skipper Ben when he caught these 2 rippers at 94cm and 95cm. These nice salties were caught trolling hardbodies around the Shoal Bay region just north of Darwin. Nice one Barney!

 

While Victoria has had a bit of a heat wave recently, it's nothing compared to the top end, where both the weather and teh fishing can be pretty hot.

Customer Andrew sent a photo in of one of his mates who has been doing some fishing out in Darwin Harbour.

Using squid for bait on a double hook paternoster rig a few different species were caught, including this slatey bream. Slatey bream are in the sweetlip family and they can be caught on a variety of baits and lures, and they fight very hard for their size.