6 Mar 2017

Crocodiles and snakes were close to me when I realized them.

Fishing barramundi by land based is always attended with danger in Darwin.
My friends and I have  fallen and gotten injured on a fishing spot on the rocks covered with oysters.
One side of the foot that I had got stung by a stingray while fishing.

There were not very many chances to fish by land based in this monsoon season because of many rains and very wavy seas.
I still could go fishing every once in a while.
When I was wading in water around the culvert last week, I came across some snakes.
Many mangrove-snakes can be seen unequally in many mangrove-waters at this time of the year.
It is said that those snakes don't attack humans.
But they are venomous snake, though.
I tried not to carelessly step on them in the dark.
Fishing was out of the question.




Last Saturday, I went to Channel Island before the rain started.
I was standing knee-deep in the very murky water.
I searched the sea surface as far as the eye can see.
I know there are crocodiles in this location.
The one or two crocodiles were sinking and floating in turn.




After all, I lost a valuable productive fishing window because of him.
Fishing was out of the question again.
And the cloudburst made me soaking wet on the way home.
What a day!


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1 Mar 2017

62cm and 69cm barramundi #1052-1053
Squidgy Pro Mongrel
Rapala Xrap

I went fishing to Channel Island last Saturday.
The weather smiled on me.
The tide was going out.
The sea surface was calm, therefore, barramundi would be very cautious.
I waded in water below knee deep on a mud-flat.
I cast a Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm Aussie Herring and retrieved it without any actions.
A 62cm barramundi took it.
I used a very long spinning rod so that barramundi couldn't easily escape from the fish-hook.






62cm barramundi / February 25, 2017




Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm Aussie Herring / Jighead 1/4oz #1/0

The tide became lower continuously.
I cast a Rapala X-rap 10 Green around the rock-gutters.
This lure flied gracefully!
The rapid twitching movements of this hard body lure brought me a 69cm barramundi having a very wide body.






69cm barramundi / February 25, 2017




Rapala X-rap 10

I used a long-light spinning rod and a small spinning reel this time.
The line system was formed by 15lb braid line and 40lb fluorocarbon leader line.
It can easily land these nice sized barramundi.
Barramundi is not too strong in a very shallow water.
In addition, I frequently switch lures.
Saving time for switching lures on the water is very important for my land based barramundi fishing because the productive fishing windows are usually very short.
That's why I always use a stainless hook clip for connecting to lures in a very shallow water.
I think that a nice sized barramundi is very, very strong when she is about to dive into water quickly.
So I won't use a hook clip by boat fishing.


The Lowdown

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm

Water: Clear Outgoing

Line: Sufix 15LB braid

Leader line: Sunline FC Rock Fluorocarbon 40LB

Knot: The Slim Beauty Knot

Reel: Shimano Stella 2500FE

Rod: Shimano Terez C4S 7'2" 10-20lb line weight Medium-power Fast-action

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #3



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23 Feb 2017

81cm Barramundi #1051
Squidgy Pro Mongrel

I had sore eyes-ground and a palpitation this afternoon.
In addition, I felt nauseous.
But I started feeling well when I took medicine after dinner.
It just occurred to me that the deadline for the fishing column in Sunday Territorian is tomorrow.
I went out in haste.

It hasn't rained here for two days.
There's no moon.
The sea was wavy.
The sea water was very clear.
I waded in water.
There was no sign of crocodiles???
As a result, I caught a 81cm very heavy barramundi on the 3rd cast on Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm Drop Bear at Mindil Beach.






81cm Barramundi / Mindil Beach / February 22, 2017

Probably, this barramundi ended up getting fat because this barramundi has been eating many jelly-prawns.
I measured the length of this fish at home, it was a 81cm barramundi.  Wow!
I thought this fish was 76cm when I caught.
I misread the length of this fish by using a tape measure.
Normally, I don't kill barramundi of 80cm or more because they become a mother-fish.



Squidgy Pro Mongrel

Size: 90mm

Colour: Drop Bear

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm

Water: Very clear Outgoing

Line: Fins 30LB

Leader line: Sunline FC Rock Fluorocarbon 40LB

Knot: The Slim Beauty

Reel: Shimano Calcutta 200D

Rod: ST. CROIX Triumph TRC60MF 6'
MEDIUM POWER FAST ACTION 10-17LB 1/4-3/4oz.

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #2

Action: Steady retrieving


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16 Feb 2017

Mangrovejack #49
Barramundi #1049-1050
Tarpon #16
Squidgy Pro Mongrel
Yo-zuri SS-Minnow

It has stopped raining since yesterday.
After the heavy rains, it takes more than 48 hours before the seawater is back to normal.
Mindil Beach, Fannie Bay and East Point were still very wavy.
I went to a culvert relatively unaffected by the influence of winds.
The moon still hadn't risen.
It's a dark moonless night.

Last time, I got bit by mosquitoes all over this area, and it itched so badly I couldn't stand it.
I wished for protecting from mosquito bite this time.
I saw many mangrove-snakes in the water here about this time last year.
I still remember that well.
Luckily, I didn't see any snakes this time.

I had a short fish-strike every time I cast lure.
But it was very difficult to hook those small fish on lures.
That was where I loosened the drag pressure a lot.
By this, I made a fish take lure away for a little while.
Then I fastened the drag knob in a rush.
As a result, I could catch fish on lures.
  • Mangrovejack x 1
  • Barramundi x 2
  • Tarpon x 1
This method is useful for small fish.

 


This year's first mangrovejack #49 on a Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm / Aussie Herring.




Barramundi #1049 on a Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm / Aussie Herring.




Barramundi #1050 on a Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm / Aussie Herring.




Tarpon #16 on a Yo-zuri SS Minnow.




Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm / Aussie Herring.


Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm

Water: Murky Outgoing

Line: Fins 30LB

Leader line: Sunline FC Rock Fluorocarbon 40LB

Knot: The Slim Beauty

Reel: Shimano Calcutta 200D

Rod: ST. CROIX Triumph TRC60MF 6'
MEDIUM POWER FAST ACTION 10-17LB 1/4-3/4oz.

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #2

Action: Steady retrieving


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9 Feb 2017

Mullets will be back before long!

Mr. Jack Priore is still my very good friend and a person that I respect.
These are the pictures of the creek in Channel Point that he took.




Before the heavy rains




After the heavy rains

We can see view much sand in a sandy beach in nature from being let flow to cause erosion of the sandy beach.
This phenomenon should be strongly welcomed by local barramundi fishermen.
Of course, we don't need to recondition a sterile sandy beach to a sandy beach rich in sand as before.
These pictures are showing its real appearance of nature or meaning of shore in NT.

It was thought that many small rocks and stones had been buried in the sand for several years because of the poor monsoon.
As you know, mullet like to eat diatom (algae) on the stone in creeks.
So mullets will be back before long.

This monsoon showers big benefits upon this location.
We hope a large outbreak of jelly-prawn too.
However, how it rains!
It is very difficult to fish by land based while it is raining.
I really understand how you feel.
You had a right to be a little annoyed with this true monsoon.


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2 Feb 2017

The true monsoon showers benefit upon jelly-prawns, mullets and whitings.

It's was a sunny weather during the rainy season last Sunday.
I went to East Point.
There were some rocks in the tide pool.
My very good fishing friend, Mr. Roderic Pineda was catching bait fish by netting.
He showed me many mullets and whitings he caught there.
We also found many small prawns in a rock crevice at a depth of 50cm.
I could not help laughing at the ease with which  he caught those small prawns.




The length of a large one was close to 70mm.
We call those small prawns 'Jelly prawn' in Darwin.
I didn't see so many jelly-prawns in my usual fishing locations for several years.
This rainy season is going very good so far.
That Sunday was clear for the first time in a long time.

Continual heavy rain mainly around the end of December and the beginning of January partly washed away sand and mud that have settled at the bottom of the mouth of Ludmilla creek in East Point.
It increased about a 15cm water depth of the creek.
That should be welcomed.

The creek has become shallower in recent years.
Many rocks that fish were using as a refuge were buried in the sand on the creek bottom.
We couldn't see the creek bottom where many silicious marl covering stones that  scatter.

After all, the creek bottom became flat and the density of diatom was reduced in recent years.
The reasons were little rain in the rainy season in recent years.

Mullet likes to eat diatom on silicious marl covering creek-bed or shore-bed stones in a rich natural environment.




We found so many mullets in East Point this time.




We found so many whitings too.
The true monsoon showers benefit upon Jelly-prawns, mullets and whitings.


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29 Jan 2017

Difficult to hook barramundi firmly on a fishhook when the salt concentration is low in the sea water.

This rainy season is going good so far.
Today was clear for the first time in a long time.
I went to Channel Island to fish.
One glance was enough for me to see through the condition of the fresh water entering sea water from the land so much.
Thousands of fallen leaves were floating on the sea surface on the very shallow-water side.
Under these circumstances, barramundi won't take lures.
I waded about 20m way in toward the deep water while being careful not to accidentally step on a stingray.
I found many small prawns there.
This sign bodes well for our barramundi fishing.
The continuous large rainfalls benefit upon in my usual fishing locations.

Luckily, I hooked a nice sized barramundi on a Gold-Bomber 15Long A but couldn't land that fish.
I sometimes think that it's difficult to hook barramundi firmly on a fishhook when the salt concentration is low in the sea water.
In addition, I get many short strikes on my soft plastic baits when the salt concentration is low in the sea water.
These cases may be related to the osmotic pressure of the body fluid of a barramundi.
That couldn't be true, though.

Barramundi won't take in more fresh water into the body than it needs.
On the contrary, barramundi takes in large quantities of salt water into the body by mouth.
That's just how they keep the osmotic pressure of the body fluid stable.
That's reason why some sea-barramundi inhabiting in the deeper-water side with a high salt concentration that follow schools of small fishes or prawns into the shallow water with a low salt concentration will get bewildered in unfamiliar environments in the rainy season.

I went to East Point that afternoon.
My very good fishing friend, Mr. Roderic Pineda was catching bait fish by netting.
He showed me many prawns, mullets and whitings.




Prawn




Mullet




Whitings

Again, this rainy season is going good so far.


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22 Jan 2017

Bigger lures catch bigger barramundi?

The answer is yes!
If you want to catch a big barramundi, you have to use a big lure.
Even if you had the good fortune to hook a big barramundi on a small lure, you wouldn't be able to land the big barramundi in all probability.
Of course, a small lure can catch a big barramundi.
But it is sheer luck.
I know from my experience and my friends' experiences that a big barramundi prefers to take big lures.
That indicates the results so far. 
I seldom use big lures in my usual fishing locations.
I have caught 1048 barramundi so far.
However, I have caught only 3 of over 80cm barramundi in my usual fishing locations so far.
In the case of my good fishing friend, Mr. Stephen Lew, he has caught an over 80cm barramundi every 6 barramundi in my usual fishing locations.
What's different about my fishing and his fishing.
The difference is only in the lure's size.
However, as a matter of course, his fishing asks a lot of patience and skill.

If I have used a Squidgies Fish 70mm as my main lure in my usual fishing locations after a large-rainfall-wet season, I would catch 200 - 365 barramundis in one year.
Those barramundis would be 30cm - 70cm in size.
The average would be 40cm - 50cm in size.




Squidgies Fish 70mm / Black Gold

If I have used a Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm as my main lure in my usual fishing locations after a large-rainfall-wet season, I would catch 70 -140 barramundis in one year.
Those barramundis would be 45cm - 80cm in size.
The average would be 50cm - 65cm in size.




Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm / Rainbow Fish

By the way, I caught a 102cm barramundi on a Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm / Drop Bear.
Helifish took me to a barramundi heaven.




Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm / Drop Bear




102cm barramundi on a Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm / Drop Bear

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19 Jan 2017

Where to fish by the tide?
That they may understand this theory, I'll reveal my own secret.

It's still raining a bit of over my usual fishing locations.
Today's afternoon and evening were very wavy as usual in our rainy season.
I found it difficult to find the good productive fishing windows under the circumstances.
Today's tides were very good for my land based barramundi fishing.
Frequently asked questions are found in my website.
They don't know which tide is the best for their fishing.
I will answer that.
I also don't know which tide is best for their fishing because I don't know about their usual fishing locations.
The best tide shifts with the best fishing point every hour.
That they may understand this theory, I'll reveal my own secret map about Mindil Beach.




A: Outgoing tide 50-70cm deep water
B: Incoming tide 30-50cm deep water
C: Outgoing tide 50-70cm deep water
D: Incoming tide 30-50cm deep water
E: Incoming tide 30-50cm deep water
F: Outgoing tide 50-70cm deep water
G: Outgoing tide 50-70cm deep water
H: Outgoing tide 50-70cm deep water

After an ideally large-rainfall-wet season, I can catch much more barramundi on lures by land based in Mindil Beach than you expect.

Furthermore, weather conditions influence the results of fishing.
These are negative factors for my land based barramundi fishing.
  • Too much fresh water on shallows
  • Very windy
  • Very wavy
  • Very flat sea surface on shallows
  • Sudden change of water temperature

The good fishing results are usually not  expected under the above conditions.

However, things do not go by theory alone.
It is no great wonder for you to catch barramundi under the above conditions.
Because that's fishing.
But it's by sheer luck, though.


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12 Jan 2017

This year's first barramundi #1048 for me
Squidgy Pro Mongrel

Wave after wave surges upon the shore in the rainy season.
I can fish only when wind and wave are modest and their effects are small.
In the first place, it's very difficult to fish by land based on a rainy day in my usual fishing locations.
Such being the case, I could go fishing to Mindil Beach after work on January 10 at last.
I got soaked to the skin while I waded in a very wavy and murky water.
Overhead the moon was shining behind the clouds.
It's the situation to which capturing target barramundi were less likely to be cautious about.
However, barramundi probably wouldn't notice my lures in the very wavy water.
I hoped not to step on stingray or stonefish while wading in the murky water.

I needed a long fishing rod capable of being far cast.
For this purpose, I used a Shimano Terez 7'2".
This white fishing rod was much easier to use than I had expected.
In addition, there were no line troubles at all.
As a lure, I used a Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm Rainbow-Fish colour with favorable usability.
As a result, I caught a small barramundi.
It's this year's first barramundi for me.






January 10, 2017 Barramundi




Squidgy Pro Mongrel


Colour: Rainbow Fish

Size: 90mm

Jighead: Owner 1/4oz #1/0

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm

Water: Murky-milky Incoming

Line: Sufix 15LB braid

Leader line: Black Magic Leader 40lb

Knot: The Slim Beauty Knot

Reel: Shimano Stella 2500FE

Rod: Shimano Terez C4S 7'2" 10-20lb line weight Medium-power Fast-action

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #3

Action: Steady retrieving



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8 Jan 2017

Why is a large-rainfall-wet season necessary for my usual fishing locations?

Continual heavy rain mainly around the end of December and the beginning of January partly washed away sand and mud that have settled at the bottom of the Ludmilla creek.
It increased about a 15cm water depth of the creek.
That should be welcomed.
Ideally, we need a 10 heavy rainy day period each month in December, January and February.

The creek has become shallower in recent years.
Many rocks that fish were using as a refuge were buried in the sand on the creek bottom.






We cannot see the creek bottom where many silicious marl covering stones that  scatter.




The mullets used as live bait like to eat diatom on silicious marl covering creek-bed or shore-bed stones in a rich natural environment.






After all, the creek bottom became flat and the density of diatom was reduced in recent years.
The reasons were little rain in the rainy season in recent years.

Before anything else, the lack of rain had depressed the large outbreak of jelly-prawns.
Recently, many schools of jelly-prawns cannot be seen everywhere in my usual fishing locations.




That's quite a problem of our barramundi fishing.
Barramundi have no will before jelly-prawns.
They travel around to seek large groups of jelly-prawn several times a year.

Why is a large-rainfall-wet season necessary for my usual fishing locations?
  • We need many rocks that fish are using as a refuge on the creek bottom and the shore bottom.
  • We need much more mullets.
  • We need much more jelly-prawns.

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3 Jan 2017

109cm & 114cm in one day
Mr. Alex Patsalides
117cm & 127cm in one day
Mr. George Voukolos Jr

It goes on raining.
The river has risen as a result of the long rain.
They went fishing to catch a metery barramundi immediately before this long rain.
Catching two metery barramundi in one day rarely happens.
It was certainly difficult, but Mr. George Voukolos Jr and Mr. Alex Patsalides managed it somehow or other.
Moreover, they caught those metery barramundi by land based.
George caught 117cm and 127cm barramundi on December 21, 2016.
Alex caught 109cm and 114cm barramundi on December 25, 2016..
As a result, George caught 15 metery barramundi in total in 2016.
However, this result dropped far below that in a normal year in the case of George.








George caught a 117cm barramundi on a DOA Bait Master / Green and Gold colour, and a 127cm barramundi on a Bite Me Barra Wedgies 100mm 1/4oz #5/0 Black and Gold colour.






Alex caught a 109cm barramundi on a DOA Bait Master CokaCola colour.




Alex caught a 114cm barramundi on a Bomber Long 15A / Gold colour.

Fishing and Outdoor World's George Voukolos Sr said that after the record breaking heavy rain, there was a huge outbreak of prawns in Darwin Harbour after Cyclone Tracy.  
By this, he and his friend caught more than 80 barramundi at a culvert in the city in one session.


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