12 Oct 2017

72cm Barramundi #1088
Mangrovejack #50-51
Squidgies Fish
S-Factor

Sunday morning.
It was a high tide in a big tide.
I was thinking about going somewhere today.
This time, the same as always, I can't decide where to go fishing at the last minute.
I must take the weather into consideration first when go fishing.
The wind was high at that time.
So I went fishing at the mangrove swamps.
5 - 10 millimetre new jelly prawn were splashing about on the surface of the water.
I thought that barramundi or mangrovejack were still moving about in search of new jelly prawn.
I am into Squidgies Fish 70mm Lime Lighting with S-Factor these days.
It is a way of dealing with the jelly-prawn season.
I had an intense fish bite when I was winding the lure along mangrove trees.
As a result, I caught and released two mangrovejack, a 72cm barramundi and three small barramundi there.
Please visit the following YouTube video.
Very exciting barramundi and mangrovejack fishing in Darwin




Nice sized mangrove jack






72cm barramundi




Squidgies Fish

Size: 70mm

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm

Water: Murky

Line: Fins 30lb

Leader line: Black magic 40lb

Knot: The Slim Beauty

Reel: Shimano Scorpion 70XG Gear ratio 8.2:1 very fast

Rod: ST. CROIX 6' Medium Power Fast Action
10-17lb 1/4-3/4oz USA

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #2

Action: Steady retrieving



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5 Oct 2017

Boat fishing for the first time in one and a half years

We went fishing on Mr. Nick Paspaley's big boat for three days last week.
I fished on the boat for the first time in one and a half years.
I think you might know this already, my occupation is not a barramundi fisherman in the first place.
I usually work for Paspaley Pearling Co.
The first time I met Mr. Nick Paspaley was in 1988.
He is the first pearl producer to produce the world's best south sea pearls without any chemical treatments.
As you know, Australian south sea pearls are the most beautiful pearls in the world.
Now, the Paspaley pearl is about to branch independently into one of the successions of a pearl name.
Therefore, we are closely related to animal derived from seawater.
These 3 days were very fun.
We enjoyed mud-crab catching, reef fishing, barramundi fishing and tuna fishing.
Because of Mr. Nick Paspaley's guide those fishing all went very well.
I caught a big golden snapper on a 60g jigging lure with a slice of squid.
This reef fishing was required to be skilled in the technique of searching a productive fishing reef.






I caught a barramundi on a hand made lure made by Mr. Bill Jackson by trawling.






This timber lure caused an 'aggressive' wobbling action.
Bill Jackson makes his timber lures possible to create high-quality finished form.

I normally fish barramundi on lure by land based.
The best tide shifts with the best fishing point every hour.
On the other hand, the wind condition operates powerfully on the fishing result for good and bad.
Mr. Nick Paspaley also lightly referenced the wind condition when we were trawling.

Reel: Shimano Curado 300E 7kg drag
Rod: Wilson Live Fibre Territory Barra 8kg
Main line: Fins 30lb braid
Leader line: Schneider 55lb 0.80mm diam.


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27 Sep 2017

53cm Barramundi and 3 more small barramundi #1084-1087
Squidgies Fish
Zerek Live Cherabin
Squidgies S-Factor

Finally, I succeeded in finding a new way in the land based barramundi fishing during the jelly-prawn season.
We realize jelly-prawn are an indispensable animal barramundi cannot be without.
Though jelly-prawn are very important, they are annoying.
It sometimes occurs that barramundi won't take lures when they are moving about in search of jelly-prawn.
They will not design to notice lures.
We will get frustrated with barramundi in such a situation.
The seasons that have the large outbreak of jelly-prawn occur several times a year.
I think that jelly-prawn are in the end of the heavy-rain season, the beginning of the dry season and the beginning of summer.
It is very difficult for me to catch barramundi in these jelly-prawn seasons in my usual fishing locations because the large outbreaks of jelly-prawn occur in other locations.
Though barramundi are gone out, they are not all gone out of my usual fishing locations.
For when barramundi are moving about in search of jelly-prawn I found I were able, by nice adjustment, to get the good result from it.
It would be good if you use a fish gathering component which has a taste or  a smell favoured by target fish.
I usually don't use a Squidgies S-Factor for my land based barramundi fishing.
It was borne in upon me that a Squidgies S-Factor is very effective for catching barramundi that are moving about in search of jelly-prawn.
I caught and released four barramundi in this way on the weekend.




53cm Barramundi / September 23, 2017/ Channel Island / Squidgies Fish 70mm Lime-Lighting colour / Jighead 1/6oz #1/0 / Squidgies S-Factor




Barramundi / September 23, 2017/ East Point / Squidgies Fish 70mm Lime-Lighting colour / Jighead 1/6oz #1/0 / Squidgies S-Factor




Squidgies Fish 70mm Lime-Lighting colour / Jighead 1/6oz #1/0 / Squidgies S-Factor




Barramundi / September 24, 2017 / Channel Island / Zerek Live Cherabin 100mm / Squidgies S-Factor




Barramundi / September 24, 2017 / East Point / Zerek Live Cherabin 100mm / Squidgies S-Factor




Zerek Live Cherabin 100mm / Squidgies S-Factor

I realized that fish are moving about in search of jelly-prawn in September.
Mr. Shane Oliver caught a nice sized queenfish on a soft-plastic lure like a jelly-prawn at Channel Island on the weekend.




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22 Sep 2017

Barramundi #1083
Squidgies Fish
Jelly prawn season

The end of the dry season.
The seawater is warming now.
Barramundi are moving about in search of new jelly-prawn.
Barramundi have drastically decreased around Mindil beach, Fannie bay and East point.
Barramundi occasionally appear around Channel Island recently.
Last Sunday, the tide wasn't good for fishing barramundi at Channel Island.
I didn't have any choice so I went to Mindil beach to fish.
The tide was coming into the shallow water.
There were many rocks in the water.
The lures tended to be easily caught on rocks covered with oysters.
I wanted to try to use a Squidgies Fish 70mm with Lime-Lighting colour which Alex Murray used the week before at Channel Island.
Alex caught three barramundi by using a Squidgies Fish 70mm with Lime-lighting colour at that time.
It shaped like a small fish.
That shape is of no consequence.
Its colour and size are an important factor of that lure.
Barramundi probably mistake a Squidgies Fish 70mm with Lime-Lighting colour for jelly-prawn.
As a result, I caught and released a barramundi at Mindil beach.




Barramundi / September 17, 2017



There was only once bite of the fish.
That barramundi happened to be there.
Luckily, I could hooked him on my lure.
Such is the fishing.

The size of barramundi that I caught was 48cm.
He was what was called a rat sized barramundi.
I used a very thin fishing rod and a small fishing reel with a 10lb braid line.
It's fine with me.
I enjoyed it very much on Sunday.

Squidgies Fish

Size: 70mm

Colour: Lime Lighting

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm

Water: Murky Incoming

Line: Sufix 832 10LB

Leader line: Black magic Leader 40LB

Knot: The Slim Beauty

Jighead: OWNER 1/8oz #1/0

Reel: Shimano Sustain 1000FG

Rod: ST.CROIX  AVID/AVS66LF2 4-8LB 1/16-1/4oz. Fast action

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #2

Action: Steady retrieving


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14 Sep 2017

68cm Barramundi #1082
Zerek Live Cherabin 100mm
Mr. Alex Murray caught 3 barramundi on Squidgies Pro Shad.

Barramundi are not often seen at Mindil Beach, Fannie Bay and East Point in September.
That's the usual at this time of year.
It is because barramundi are moving about in search of new jelly-prawns now.
Last Saturday, I went fishing to Channel Island for the first time in a while.
I thought, there was little chance that I could meet many jelly-prawns there.
I gave a Zerek Live Cherabin 100mm having a similar appearance to a large jelly-prawn a try.
I had my wish.
A strong fish suddenly carried out a Zerek Live Cherabin 100mm.
But the fish was firmly hooked on a fishhook.
The fishing line was strongly pulled by the fish.
As a result, I caught a 68cm nice shaped barramundi.






68cm Barramundi / September 9, 2017




Zerek Live Cherabin 100mm

I was still so engaged when, Alex Murray caught three barramundi in succession.
He was so near that I could take some pictures and a short movie of his fishing.




Alex used a Squidgies Pro Shad 70mm / Lime Lighting colour




Alex's results demonstrated that barramundi were in search of jelly-prawns.
I know that barramundi like this colour very much.
This colour is also effective for catching a mangrovejack.



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4 Sep 2017

Barramundi have left from my usual fishing locations.
That is the usual in September.
Barracuda #16

Barramundi have left from my usual fishing locations.
That is the usual in September.
I went fishing at Mindil beach on Saturday and Sunday.
I didn't have any barramundi's strikes on my lures.
I only caught and released a barracuda on Squidgies Fish 80mm.




Barracuda




Squidgies Fish 80mm / Black Gold / Jighead: 1/8oz  #1/0


Many people believe that barramundi become active in September because of the rise in seawater temperature.
That depends on circumstances.
But in reality, it is very difficult to catch barramundi in my usual fishing locations in September every year.
It is expected that it is crowded with new jelly-prawns at the floodplains somewhere in September.
Therefore, barramundi move from my usual fishing locations to the floodplains in the creeks somewhere in search of jelly-prawns in September.
The floodplains somewhere in September??
If I change the wording of what I wanted to say to you, it goes like this.
The flowing water and draining water along the creek banks.
That is why September is the dead season for my land based barramundi fishing.
A person who has a boat still can catch barramundi at the floodplains in the creeks and nice sized Spanish-mackerel offshore in September.
September is a not bad season in that sense.
My very good fishing friend, Allan Warchot combined theory with practice and caught and released a 51cm barramundi at the floodplain in the Buffalo creek recently.




But things are not all bad to me.
I was called out to by a person I didn't know in town.




She said that she sometimes read my fishing column in Sunday Territorian.
It was very kind of her to say so.
It made me feel very happy.
Thank you very much, Mrs. Pam Fuller.


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31 Aug 2017

103cm Barramundi by land based
Rapala Countdown 9
Mr. Alex Patsalides

Mr. Alex Patsalides who works for Fishing Outdoor World caught a 103cm very beautifully silver barramundi by land based recently.
Alex is my very good fishing friend.
I often use a Greek word "Yasou" to Alex because it is very familiar to me in pronunciation.
My younger brother's name in Japan is "Yasu".
As you know, I always catch and release rat-size barramundi on lure by land based in my fishing locations.
It is not rare that he caught a metery barramundi on lure by land based.
He has caught on lure by land based so far, a 123cm barramundi was the biggest one.
This time, he used a Rapala CountDown 9.
He fished from the bank of the Daly river.
The water current was strong there.
As you know, Rapala CountDown is normally a sinking-minnow-type lure.
In addition, CountDown 9 is 90mm in size.
It is easier to handle in a strong water current since the size is not so big.
Rapala said, "Sinking at a consistent rate of one foot per second, the CountDown allows you to easily target specific depths repeatedly. Whether the fish are suspended, at the weed tops or holding on bottom structure, the CountDown can get you to them consistently."
I think that I can use a Rapala CountDown 9 for my usual fishing locations too, especially for East point.
I asked Alex how to use that lure while winding.
He taught me how to wind a Rapala CountDown 9.
But that won't be taught you by me.
I'm sorry about that.
Please visit him to speak to him in person.
I think that he is in the shop of Fishing Outdoor World.




103cm barramundi on Rapala CountDown 9 by land based




Rapala CountDown 9


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23 Aug 2017

52cm Barramundi #1081
Rapala Original 130mm

Last Saturday, I ate lunch a little earlier than usual.
And then I went fishing at Mindil beach.
I walked on very slippery rocks closer to Myilly point using a walking stick made from PVC tube.
The tide was coming into the shallow water.
I am into the Rapala Original 130mm made from wood recently.
It is a very light-weight lure, so it is not easy to use on a slightly windy day.
However, Rapala Original 130mm has its big advantage of being more easily used in rocky shallow water.
Nevertheless, it is no so easy to use for beginners at the time of being a baitcast-reel.
A slightly soft fishing rod is useful when you use a light-weight lure.
So, I chose a Samaki 6'6" Line: 8-14lb as a fishing rod at that time.
This fishing rod and Rapala Original 130mm are very compatible.
This combination can provide a better method scarcely being caught on an obstacle under the water.
In that kind of meaning, Rapala Original 130mm and Rebel Classic 110mm are great lures one of the best ever made.
As a result, I caught a 52cm barramundi there.






52cm barramundi




Rapala Original 

Size: 130mm

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm

Water: Murky Incoming

Line: Fins 30lb

Leader line: Black magic 40lb

Knot: The Slim Beauty

Reel: Shimano Scorpion 70XG Gear ratio 8.2:1 very fast

Rod: Samaki Zing Xtreme SZX-661BM 6'6" Line: 8-14lb Cast: 1/4-5/8oz Action: Moderate

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #2

Action: Twitching in an uplight attitude



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16 Aug 2017

70cm and 62cm Barramundi
Zerek Flat Shad
Mr. Keith Watson

I went fishing at East point with Keith Watson on August 7, and I went fishing at Channel Island with Keith Watson on August 13.
He caught a 52cm barramundi and a small barramundi on August 7, and 62cm and 70cm barramundi on August 13.
He is my very good fishing friend in years.
He returned after three years' absence from fishing in Darwin.
That is certainly true that I took him to my fishing locations at my favourite productive fishing windows.
It is a great mistake to think that any one could catch barramundi in that case.
In fact, despite I did my best, I couldn't catch any barramundi at those times.
In brief barramundi didn't choose my lures but Keith's lures as baits.
Matching the bait to the location is very important to him.
Matching the lure to the bait is very, very important to him.
In addition, Keith is highly skilled in accurate-lure casting.
In my case, it's a rotational system operation by using 5 or 6 lures.
My method is suitable for beginners very much.
I think that Keith is also good at reading a subsurface flow of water because he can use a light soft plastic shad proficiently.
As a result, he caught 62cm and 70cm barramundi at Channel Island on August 13.




62cm barramundi





70cm barramundi




Zerek Flat Shad


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10 Aug 2017

52cm Barramundi
KO Tackle TailBaitz
Mr. Keith Watson

Last Monday was a public holiday.
I went fishing at Mindil-beach rocks in the morning.
I was standing knee-deep in the water.
The water was cold and very clear.
The tide was going out.
There were many oyster-rocks in the shallow water.
If it were usual, I use some soft-plastic lures.
But I wanted to use a hard-body lure.
I had to use a light-weight lure scarcely being caught on an obstacle under water.
So I chose to use a Rapala Original 130mm / Gold made of wood.
Rightly, I had to adjust the fishing rod to the light-weight lure.
As a result, I chose to use a 1-3kg very light fishing rod.
Fortunately, my choices paid off and caught and released five small barramundi on a Rapala Original 130mm / Gold made of wood.




1/5 barramundi at Mindil-beach rocks




Rapala Original 130mm / Gold made of wood.

After lunch, I went to East point.
I met Keith Watson (Doc) for the first time in 3 years.
The tide was coming in.
The productive fishing window was short at that point.
He just returned after 3 years' absence.
But he showed me his masterly skill in his barramundi fishing again.
As a result, he caught 52cm barramundi and one more small barramundi on KO Tackle TailBaitz.






52cm Barramundi




KO Tackle TailBaitz


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Barramundi #1076-1080
Rapala Original 130mm
Cold and very clear water

Last Monday was a public holiday.
I went fishing at Mindil-beach rocks in the morning.
I was standing knee-deep in the water.
The water was cold and very clear.
The tide was going out.
There were many oyster-rocks in the shallow water.
If it were usual, I use some soft-plastic lures.
But I wanted to use a hard-body lure.
I had to use a light-weight lure scarcely being caught on an obstacle under water.
So I chose to use a Rapala Original 130mm / Gold made of wood.
Rightly, I had to adjust the fishing rod to the light-weight lure.
As a result, I chose to use a 1-3kg very light fishing rod.
Fortunately, my choices paid off and caught and released five small barramundi on a Rapala Original 130mm / Gold made of wood.












Rapala Original


Size: 130mm

Colour: Gold

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm

Water: Very clear Outgoing

Line: Sunline Super PE 30LB

Leader line: Sunline FC Rock Fluorocarbon 40LB

Knot: The Slim Beauty

Reel: Shimano Calcutta 200D

Rod: Fenwick HMG classic GC561M 5'6" Lure weight: 7-21g Line weight: 1-3kg

Clip: Force ten Stainless Duo Lock Snaps #2

Action: Twitch


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