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[email protected] 03-21-2019 03:57 PM

Barramundi fishing trip and cyclones
 
So myself my b-I-l and 2 mates have a trip planned up into our Northern Territory in 2 weeks time chasing our famous Barramundi................or so we thought.:mad:

There is now a Cat.4 cyclone happening that is in the Gulf of Carpentaria heading towards where we're supposed to heading to. There is also mass evacuations happening there as well in the small communities so probably with in the next 24-48 hours this will hit land with winds up to 200kph and a lot of rain.

This cyclone has the possibility of being as bad as the cyclone that hit Darwin back in 1974 and virtually destroyed the city.

But wait there's more.....................there's also a cyclone running off the West Australian coast which more than likely won't join up with the 1st one but if it ever did there'd be 1 mother of a weather event.


We have a plan B that will probably see us head up to the North Queensland side of the Gulf to a place called Karumba which has a reputation for metre long Barramundi as well


Bloody cyclones......................mumble, mumble, spit, swear,curse.

Trapper6L 03-21-2019 05:12 PM

On our Texas coast, when we have a hurricane/cyclone coming in we like to hit the water about 24 hours in front of it. Fishing is absolutely insane as the fish are feeding like crazy regardless of any tides. Sometimes you don't even have to use bait, just throw a shiny hook is enough.
Hope the storm weakens before it does much damage. We're still having issues from Katrina on the southern coast. Many buildings are still half standing as there just isn't enough contractors in the game to do the work. Then you have the slime ball contractors that are doing lousy work just to make the paychecks. I'm an "expert" witness for construction issues in the courts around here. You can't believe some of the crap work I've seen and from whom.

charlie sterner 03-25-2019 08:00 AM

your luck sounds like mine Kevin...plan a vacation and a hurricane/cyclone shows. :rolleyes: Hope plan B works out for you.

[email protected] 03-25-2019 03:40 PM

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Well the cyclone hit land over the weekend about 100klms East of where we're going and so far it's had minimal impact on the place but has dumped a lot of water.
It actually crossed at a place we fished about 3 years ago which is basically fairly remote.

It's now been down graded to a Cat. 1 basically a big rain depression now and is moving inland which is a good thing as most of that part of the Northern Territory and Queensland has been in drought for probably 12 months or more.

The roads are open up there for the moment but a lot will depend on how much water fills creeks etc and cuts off roads in the next week as a lot of the country is flat and a storm 20 miles away can send a torrent of water down stream quickly so a creek/river crossing that is bone dry or a trickle can suddenly have 6' of water arrive very suddenly and with enough force to wash a car or 4wd off a crossing.

This crossing here is actually where the cyclone hit. During the Wet the river level can be almost to the top of the bank such is the amount of rain the Top End gets during a good Wet season.

Trapper6L 03-26-2019 12:35 AM

I'm glad to hear that the area is getting some much needed rain. We've even heard about it being dry in Oz. But, if you were fishing here behind a cyclone I'd tell you don't waste the gas. With all of the storm water washing out all kinds of trash and a lot of the small fish will have died in the storm, there's not much fishing to be had here for about 2 weeks after the storm. Hope that it doesn't work like that there though. I'd like to see you posting lots of pics of fish I've only seen in books. But I hope you post a bunch of pics anyway. Always neat to see how things are in another area or country. You'd be surprised how many people over the years have asked me if Texans fish with guns on horseback.

[email protected] 03-27-2019 03:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Trapper6L (Post 1102824)
I'm glad to hear that the area is getting some much needed rain. We've even heard about it being dry in Oz. But, if you were fishing here behind a cyclone I'd tell you don't waste the gas. With all of the storm water washing out all kinds of trash and a lot of the small fish will have died in the storm, there's not much fishing to be had here for about 2 weeks after the storm. Hope that it doesn't work like that there though. I'd like to see you posting lots of pics of fish I've only seen in books. But I hope you post a bunch of pics anyway. Always neat to see how things are in another area or country. You'd be surprised how many people over the years have asked me if Texans fish with guns on horseback.

The big killer after a cyclone is the water temps drop so that can be a big factor. 2 of the blokes going up with us are heading off this weekend so they'll be 1st boots on the ground and probably have trouble getting in as the last 30klms is dirt and they may have to take a route up due to cut roads from floodwater.

The cyclone has now dropped down into a rain depression an dis now moving into the back blocks of Western Queensland and Southern Northern Territory and dropping a lot of rain which is badly needed out there.

Only problem now is that there's a few roads up there that are now cut due to flooding but by the time my b-I-l and I head off next week things should be better. These flood waters can be 100's of klm's wide as the country up that way is fairly flat with 100's of little dry creeks and rivers that will fill up suddenly and flood places that may have never had rain.

I'll put up pictures on here as I'll try and do a day by day blow of what happens....well at least try and condense it all into a reasonable yarn anyway.

Dave H 03-28-2019 12:15 PM

Kevin, trust things work out for you and your mates.

Recently saw a video (maybe UTube) of a salt water croc coming on shore to take a big barramundi from a shore fisherman.

What size fish would you expect in the area you fish?

Looks like a great sport and food fish.

Best.

[email protected] 03-28-2019 03:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Dave H (Post 1103052)
Kevin, trust things work out for you and your mates.

Recently saw a video (maybe UTube) of a salt water croc coming on shore to take a big barramundi from a shore fisherman.

What size fish would you expect in the area you fish?

Looks like a great sport and food fish.

Best.

Our tropical North from the top of Western Australia to the top part of Queensland has saltwater crocs and as long as you understand that they're always there then you won't have too many problems.

The biggest I've seen is a 14' croc and they have a head like a backhoe bucket in width and very aggressive.
They'll take cattle, pigs and just about anything that they can fit in their mouths much like the Nile crocs you see on those African animal shows.

Barramundi do grow up over the magic metre mark and are all females as Barramundi like Nile Perch(a cousin to the Barramundi) change sex around that size so any big Barra are released. They fight like crazy at any size but the bigger models really go hard.

Where we're going (King Ash Bay near Borroloola in the Northern Territory) we can expect Barramundi up to and over the 1 metre mark along with Finger Mark Bream, Blue Salmon, Mangrove Jacks, Queenfish, Tuna, Trevally and outside Spanish Mackeral and Wahoo along with Cobia, Snapper, Jewfish and of course the ever present Tax Collectors.

Get on to You Tube and tap in Barramundi fishing in the Northern Territory and see what you reckon about them then also tap in something like Australian saltwater crocodiles.

[email protected] 04-04-2019 06:05 AM

Almost loaded and ready to head off at 4am in the morning. Talking to a mate who's already up there and the fishing is quiet because of Easterly winds blowing.
Hopefully when we get up there Sunday things will have changed.

Trapper6L 04-04-2019 11:02 AM

Got an old saying here, "Wind from the East, fishing the least. Wind from the West, fishing the best". Guess it works like that there too. Best of luck on the trip. Just remember that any day fishing is better than any day at work. Hope you catch many more than you want, just remember to leave a few for seed! Looking forward to pics.


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