Billabong flyfishing, Northern Territory..
Matt, Andy, Edo, Jackie, Paul and I all hit for Corroboree Billabong for the weekend.. A long weekend for Matt, Paul and me. Fishing was good in general but there was lots of time the fish did not seem to be feeding. This was generally in the heat of the day which made it even tougher.. The heat and humidity here in the Northern Territory means you need to drink just about all the time to avoid dehydration and headaches. For me the worst thing about the heat and humidity while camping was trying to sleep at night! I only slept the first night because i had sufficient alcohol in my system to make sure of it!! The next 2 nights i just lay there, sweating, being bitten by the odd mozzie and trying to count sheep… Even Paul had trouble sleeping one night. He could usually sleep on a roller coaster! Anyway.. enough of the hardship!
The target species for the mission were Barramundi and Saratoga.The first day we had some Barra’s but nothing great. Paul finished the day with a big toga from deep in the lilly pads. Tarpon were everywhere and gave us entertainment when nothing else would. The second day I went out while Paul caught up on some sleep. I had 6 species. Tarpon, Long Tom, Sooty Grunter, Power Tail (cat fish!), Barramundi and Saratoga. I lost a Barra that would have made 80cms but it was a fantastic session anyway.
Paul and i fished about 4 hours into darkness one night, Paul added an Archer fish to his species count. We moved alot of fish but they all missed the fly including one giant which attacked my fly 3 times. Listening to the crocs exploding into a feeding frenzy put a shiver down my spine a few times! Magnificent animals they are..
Jacky had her first Barra on Fly! 61cms, a fantastic fat fish. Andy and Edo had some great fishing on the first day with Barra to 85cm and a few good ‘toga’s.
It was a great trip…
Ronan.. Stuntman ci