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Originally posted by Da-Jew-Man Da-Jew-Man wrote:

Hey Martin , Well done.
I would like to see a video of you catching a big Barra on the outfit would be great viewing. Dave

So would I Dave, so would I.

But I reckon I would need to hook it from the boat so I could chase it a bit as these 2 JPs pulled drag and they gave me a hell of a time. hmmmmm ....possibility of getting a barra while fishing a sand bank, but where I have this in mind s very heavily fished. I will have to hit Lakefield National Park to have a better crack at them with this outfit and that road is chopped up with all the unseasonal rain up here at the moment.

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I've often considered trying to catch fish on 'novelty' rods to make things interesting.  And have looked at those a few times.
But I find I have so many 'novelty' and 'specialty' lures I need to use that I'd break my back carrying extra rods as well...
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Originally posted by horrorhead horrorhead wrote:

Originally posted by Da-Jew-Man Da-Jew-Man wrote:

Hey Martin , Well done.
I would like to see a video of you catching a big Barra on the outfit would be great viewing. Dave

So would I Dave, so would I.

But I reckon I would need to hook it from the boat so I could chase it a bit as these 2 JPs pulled drag and they gave me a hell of a time. hmmmmm ....possibility of getting a barra while fishing a sand bank, but where I have this in mind s very heavily fished. I will have to hit Lakefield National Park to have a better crack at them with this outfit and that road is chopped up with all the unseasonal rain up here at the moment.

BUTTTT .... I will persistLOLLOLLOL
eyes and ears wide open in lakefield martin. saw crocs well away from the main waterway, big ones too. a bloke was attacked in the same camp we stayed in only a week or so before( camp No23 i think.) the last camp at the end of the track......mick
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Yep Mick - stay alert the whole time. It's not unusual to see 5 metre plus crocs and over a dozen smaller "short legged , long tailed swamp terriers" in a day there.  

Today Wal and I tried for jungle perch again at the same spot as a couple of days ago. I had what I thought was 3 solid hook ups only to have the lure spat out.The problem was that both of the trebles continued to hook up with each other. I'll be trying shorter shanked trebles on this lure before fishing it again. Wal had a breif hook up and a few half hearted taps on his lures. All up seeing as it was always about to rain, we were surprised at the activity we did encounter.

Now remember in a previous post I said about that crocs larder of a partially eaten kangaroo? Well this is that little off shoot - minus the roo.


We found Mr Roo about 600 metres down stream, and this time with a big chunk out of his back almost cutting him in half.


We will be leaving this spot alone for a little while so the croc doesn't work out our movements as well as to give the fish a rest so they don't become too educated.

After this session  we tried the wharf. We saw a barra then Wal hooked up to one of similar size, about 70 cm  before being cut off on a pontoon.

And on a brighter note - I didn't loose a lure todayClap
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Opportunity today for a quick trolling run to Dawson Reef with my brother in law as a passenger and his brother David fishing. David was using a Bryan Power's "Ajew" lure and just at the river mouth caught this 51 cm gold spot cod.
 

No other fish was brought to the boat but we did get a couple of hits off mackerel. One hit left some cool teeth marks in the "Ajew" lure and bent the bib by 45 degrees.

A session casting lures with Wal at the wharf only saw us with a small pike each.

Next opportunity to get out past the river mouth seems to be next Saturday if the long range weather forecast is correct.
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Any recent rock trips Martin
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No John, the winds have been too strong. I have also been wanting to fish the beaches as well looking for new species for me to catch but can't cast against that wind. Predictions are an easing of the wind next Saturday.
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The constant southerly and south easterly blow has lowered the water temperatures to around 23 degrees in the rivers and, as seen when I got out to Dawson Reef, off shore as well. This also "inactivates" the fishing. Our best bet is to look for wind protected areas in the freshwater around rock bars that get a lot of sun chasing the warmer water.
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PS, barra prefer water temps between 25 and 30 degrees. I have a few more leads to try in different systems so a bit more exploring is to be done.
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A nice little  drive up to Starkey used to be the go Martin Thumbs Up
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That's one of the places that we will go for a night or two. Currently looking at systems closer to home that we can go for just a few hours so we can fit these in around the other things we will be doing. The roads in Lakefield are starting to dry out again so that will be in the near future as well.
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Little Oakey ? 😁
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Originally posted by hooknose hooknose wrote:

Little Oakey ? 😁
y brother in law as he gets permission to cross private property there

I can only fish the large lagoons there with my brother in law as he gets permission to cross private property there. The owner will hunt you out if she catches anyone in there without her permission. We only fish those lagoons once or twice a year as they are  easily fished out, plus there is a croc there with about 1.5 metres between the paw prints and we don't want him getting to know us too well. Also because of this croc we like to fish this area later in the season when the water has dropped enough to expose sand banks making it easier and safer to cross the creek.

Today Wal and I explored more of a certain waterway. I think I had a hit by a timid barra and Wal scored a 55 cm dude which also took his lure very timidly. Wal also lost what seems to be a sizeable jungle perch. He didn't get a good look at it before it spat back the lure but by his brief glimpse at it that is all we can think it was.
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Some photos of today by Wal


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Good stuff Martin, keep up the good work mate
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Tried the dinky rod again today. First I went to a causeway over a road and scored this little tarpon.


Later in the day I went to my nephew's and fished his dam with him. Soon into this Andrew scored a little barra and I scored another small tarpon.


Over the next 40 minutes I scored 2 more small barra and dropped a couple more. Andrew landed 3 more little ones.



Andrew got hit by a big barra. He didn't see the full length but he saw the depth of the body and it would have been quite large. Andrew has caught barra up to 80 cm in his dam before. He then lightly hooked and briefly landed a 60 -62 cm barra before it flipped off the hook on the bank and flapped back into the water.

This is Andrew fishing on the other side of his dam. Those 2 cows kept on sneaking up behind us licking our pants.


These next 2 photos are of Andrew hooked up to his 60 odd cm barra.
 

I used a small WHIPTAIL PIG made by Wade Garland. Andrew used a small gold bomber.

This dam is naturally replenished with baby barra during the wet and the dam overflows. He often looses the larger barra as they escape to go breeding. He has the Endevour River National Park behind him with a couple of drains to the river that fill during the wet.

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Great stuff Martin, looks like a excellent Dam! Thumbs Up
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Bloody hell. Private dams and all...
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if the bazzas can get in there maybe crocs as well ? id  be standing a bit further back from the dam just in case lol
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Yes the crocs can get into it. But the dogs are always swimming in it and they haven’t been taken yet so we feel pretty safe there at the moment. That said, I’m still always sussing out the water
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Looks like fun to me Martin Thumbs Up

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