27 Apr 2017

Attaching an w-hook as an assist hook to the tail of Zerek Live Shrimp, I could obtain a good fishing result even from cautious barramundi.
Zrek Live Shrimp
Barramundi # 1056-1058

We had a very good rainy season.
Continual heavy rain mainly between the end of December and the beginning of March partly washed away sand and mud that have settled at bottom of the small creeks and shoaly waters.

The small creeks and shoaly waters became shallower in recent years because of the poor rainy seasons.
Many rocks that fish were using as a refuge were buried in the sand on the bottom during that time.

Now it increased about a 15cm water depth at least.
That should be welcomed.
So small barramundi are increasing in my usual fishing locations.
They are easily caught on lures when the productive fishing window is opened.




Barramundi #1056 / Maria MJ-1 110F / East Point
April 23, 2017




Barramundi #1057 / Lucky Craft Sammy 115mm
Mindil Beach / April 24, 2017

Wednesday, I went fishing to Midil creek.
There's no moon.
The tide was 7.20m at that moment.
The tide water was going out.
The water was very clear.
Attaching an w-hook as an assist hook to the tail of Zerek Live Shrimp 127mm, I could obtain a good fishing result even from very cautious barramundi.




This revolutionary idea and lure were given by Mr. Mark Jagla.
Anyone can verify the effectiveness of this improvement.




Barramundi #1058 / Zerek Live Shrimp 127mm
Mindil Creek




Zerek Live Shrimp 

Size: 127mm

Colour: 03

Where: Shallow water 30cm - 50cm

Water: Very clear Outgoing

Assist hook: W-hook with an assist cord

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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19 Apr 2017

My Easter barramundi
50cm Barramundi #1055
Squidgy Pro Mongrel



Today is the last day of the Easter break.
I went fishing to Myilly point rocks near town in Darwin city.
This place is probably not so easy to find in Mindil beach.
There are more and more anglers who can handle action movie cameras.
The action movie camera I bought recently is so fun I haven't been able to concentrate my attention on a reeling while I am hooking barramundi.
As a result, I surely couldn't hook up some fish.
Finally, I caught a 50cm barramundi on Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm.
The video camera was located in front of the chest.
The video started recording, when I hooked the barramundi.
Day by day and month by month technology is growing.
It's not easy to keep up with the times.
To facilitate editing of some image photographed with a video camera, I used Premier Elements 15 after I came home.






50cm barramundi / April 17, 2017




Squidgy Pro Mongrel

Size: 90mm

Colour: Rainbow Fish

Where: Shallow water 50cm - 70cm

Water: Murky Outgoing

Line: Fins 30LB

Leader line: Sunline FC Rock Fluorocarbon 40LB

Knot: The Slim Beauty

Reel: Shimano Scorpion 70XG

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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13 Apr 2017

59cm Barramundi #1054
Squidgy Pro Mongrel

I spent my holiday in Japan.
Now, I'm in Darwin.
I had fun fishing for the first time in a month in Darwin.
I went fishing to Channel Island on Sunday morning.
Dead leaves strewed the sea surface.
That meant that much land water ran into the shallow water in the sea.
That was a minus factor for my land based barramundi fishing.
Sea barramundi doesn't like a new born land water.
I waded to look for a good sea water.
I saw a crocodile swimming nearby a month ago.
The long casting distance was demanded for the lure under the circumstance.
The wind was against me.

  1. Lucky Craft Sammy 115mm (Top water)
  2. Rapala Xrap 100mm (Suspending)
  3. Bomber Long 15A (Floating)
  4. Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm (Sinking)

Four lures were to cast in the rotation.
As a result, I caught a 59cm barramundi on Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm.

I used a new high speed bait cast reel (8.2:1) by improving the handle grips this time.
Of course you can wind Squidgy Pro Mongrel 90mm slowly as long as you do not mind the resistance to water current.






59cm barramundi / April 9, 2017




Squidgy Pro Mongrel

Size: 90mm

Colour: Aussie Herring

Where: Shallow water 50cm - 70cm

Water: Murky Outgoing

Line: Fins 30LB

Leader line: Sunline FC Rock Fluorocarbon 40LB

Knot: The Slim Beauty

Reel: Shimano Scorpion 70XG

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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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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