Story by: Alex Julius - NAFA
In the Top End, when you are thinking about memorable barra sessions, you are usually thinking about the Runoff. However, at more remote locations, where barra can be left unchecked for weeks, months or even years on end, the Build-up can also provide opportunities to find concentrations of hungry barra just waiting to eat your lures.
A recent trip to a remote location that I hadn’t fished for years was a real standout. We concentrated our fishing in a small mangrove-lined creek with large mudbanks guarding the entrance and a skinny channel to worm your way in before the tide got too low.
A cyclone along that part of the NT coast a couple of years earlier ensured there were abundant snags to cast to and to troll past way up inside the creek. Notable too were gutters draining tidal water as the low approached.
Pictured above: Thumbs up to another double-header for Alex and Tony
It didn’t take long to catch the first barra; Bill Sawynok was the angler and it certainly put a smile on his face as it was 70cm, not a bad salty for a small creek.
With the first one out of the way, more fish quickly came aboard as the session developed cricket-score status. As the barra catch got closer to 100 than 50, with plenty of silverfish in the 60s and 70s, my other mate, Tony Quarmby, hooked and landed a noteworthy 91cm fish which for him was a PB.