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The Mob are a social group of dedicated fly fishers who are passionate about fly fishing in the tropical north of Australia and equally as passionate about the close camaraderie this sport brings. This passion and dedication led to the creation of the NT Fly Fishers Social Mob blog site; an interactive and creative outlet where everyone can share our wonderful fly fishing adventures and link into the “after fishing” social events we enjoy in this incredible part of the world.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

THE TIDES OF CHANGE

For anyone who follows my posts   you might recall me penning an article called  "Everyone loves the Moon " (click to go to post)

                                                     A World of endless possibilities
A significant event has occurred which I allude to in that post of the continuing processions of the Equinox's

                                                                    Golden Trevally
Simplifying  this to some degree you will notice this happening.
In any given 24hr period you have 2 low tides and two high tides ,October to end of April the lowest and highest tides are in the daylight hours from May to end of October they occur in the dark.

                                                     Demonstrating the possibilities
Why ? its a phenomenon in our evolution that the earth's divides our seasons and solstices , an Earth that is not round and on an axis moves the equinoxes from Summer to Autumn Spring to Winter every year.

                                                 First Big Queenfish for a Trout guide
To circumvent the complexity,appreciate it like this.
Two weeks ago  the biggest low was in the daylight now the biggest low is in the dark the Autumn Equinox commenced 2 weeks ago with a low down to 1,0m and the daylight low was no more then 2.3ms.

                                        "The Flyfishing Community"moderator John Billings
What does this mean for us ? if you are a predominantly a shallow water hunter like me it means more time on the flats, thats the bonus and one of the prime reasons I start my guiding in and around the end of April to end of October,that is when we see the return of the spring equinox.

                          First Barra ever Greg Beecroft London Lakes Chief Guide
Last week fishing started well  until the massive high and strong winds sent everyone scurrying for jumpers

                                                          Close enough to the Camera
Reefs and holes produced Jacks and Snapper in numbers.and occasional Tarpon and Blue Threadfin.

                                                 Blue Threadfin were not plentiful
The Barra didn't like it and started ignoring us, some were caught  although it was the exception and not the rule,Queenfish were plentiful as you would expect with the cooler months and numerous fish were caught up to 90 cms

                                                  Anywhere in the evening is magic
The Diurnal and Nocturnal crossover (last light, first light) was excellent during the week with numerous small to medium Trevally and Queenfish caught in numbers,this is undoubtedly a very pleasant way to start or finish a day in Bynoe harbour.

On a final note for those who think its easy to fall off my Hewes, Dotty did the big spear off purely from horsing around, nonetheless she wins the step off trophy.


                                                     Dorothee at saturation point

Cheers Graeme


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

MICHAEL (VINNY) AND ROSS ON DARWIN HAROUR

Ross trevelled up from down south for the Corrooboree Cup/Plate and stayed for an extra week because we hoped to get out in the week after the cup for a salt fix.  The wind changed that so he hit the billabongs with Lord Jim, (see Home).  However Vinny managed to get him out on Darwin Harbour for a fish and subsequent feed.

On the way

Typical queenie
Marooned?

clear water? can see the crocs coming

Some were very small

Queenie nibbles

Ah...food ..75cm of it

Bynoe for not much...........

FROM THE STIG ....check his blog at http://swoffingntwaters.blogspot.com.au/

 ...checked the wind forecast - 5-10 knots till midday and tapering off to dead calm by three pm
Tides weren't looking too bad either - high just before dawn, low of 2m at 11:30am
Should be a good weekend and no troubles getting boat back on trailer due to no tidal water at ramp

However the fishing gurus on the radio said it would be a great day for fishing - surely a precursor to a bad day! (I didn't listen to my pessimistic side!)
Saturday night I caught up with regular deckie - Canadian Pete at the Sand Palms pub
He and his wife brought along their camper trailer for us to stay over night in

We had a great Saturday afternoon chatting and carrying on, then watch a few new fly fishing video clips I had downloaded recently
Then had a great meal (as always) at the Sand Palms pub

There was a bit of hen's night in the motel area that carried on for a while but at least it wasn't rap music they were playing - rather my sort of music = aside from their raucous singing attempts, I quite enjoyed the music selection being played.
Although 80 meters away from our camping spot - they went on for all hours
Thank goodness I had the ear plugs in and I slept all night

Come 6am up and got the boat ready - lets go!
The Deckie forgot his coffee  - sad for him!!
Dawn with the the smoke haze of the dry season made for an awesome sunrise


Wind was up a bit but that was predicted - we kept heading to Bynoe mouth hoping the weather forecasters had got the wind forecast right

We first fished the flat at back of Turtle Island (Turkey Island on some maps) but water clarity was very poor and together with wave action proved spotting a fish before they spotted us - impossible

Not that we saw much - no bow waves, no scattering bait as predators attacked them
round corner into a creek we found some bait but not much else

Peter as usual, kept casting and casting into edges of mangroves where we were hoping for a barra
Peter eventually hooked up and we thought with the first glance of the flash of silver and shape of tail - Barra at last we thought - if a little small, 
but when finally in the net it was just an Ock Ock or Javelin fish -
While not the wanted barra it was still a new species for Peter
































We ventured over to the flats on inside of Turtle island and here large bait were being absolutely hammered by something quite large. huge shoals of bait were spraying and leaping over the surface but we bottomed out on mud getting to them and I had to hop out and push
We were seeing a few slashes and managed a baby Queenie or ten. a few baby Trevs too


But we were wanting and waiting for the calm conditions to venture further out into the mouth of Bynoe Harbour and chase tuna if they were about

But the calm conditions didn't arrive as expected

We fished Simms reef but it was wind blown, rough and seemed empty
Round on the flats side of Simms we did have a cast at three large blue bastards but the flies were wrong, they were cruising and soon departed the flat after our feeble attempts.

With wind not even looking like slowing, we went through the ugly wave chop (slowly) and eventually got to Hutt Point. Here again the small baby Queenie were there on a reef covered with a meter of water - providing a few minutes of fun. The tide was coming in and the fish moved and so did we

I did manage a new species fish for myself - a bat fish

It took the small white clouser on the drop - quite unexpected

The wind still was not dropping significantly as predicted but at least no white caps, so we took a chance and went back the 6km back to Simms Reef

However, again it was empty!!!!

So we ventured back towards the boat ramp via the inside of Indian Island towards Milne Inlet and its boat ramp near the Sand Palms Pub
We did had some moments of excitement on a few rock bars out of wind on west side of Indian Island along the way as the tide pushed over them creating funnel and current points
A slash here and there kept us casting but again for no luck

Final stop for the day was Knife Island and what we call the Bucket on the north east corner
Its a L shaped rock bar that usually always hold fish. but not today.
However the flats leading to the west did hold a million or so baitfish
but not many predators
We caught a few queenies but small again
We saw a few real tiny mackerel few jumping but that was about it

I thought with the wind forecast, and the tides  - plus it being Bynoe would have made for a great fishing day
but it was not the case

Maybe it was the several days of cooler than normal temperatures

Whatever it was - IT SUCKS!!!!!
Several times I mention we would have been better fishing Darwin Harbour as at least we would not have the one and half hour drive home.

Having said that Bynoe is an awesome fishing location =- well most times!
And any day SWOFFING is better than sitting at home


So go tie some flies and get out there!! - flies can't catch anything if  they are not stripped through the water