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Post Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:24 am    Post subject: Re: Daly River 2018

It always amazes me when I see large barra with 200ml 3 hook trebles still hanging out the jaw being held for the capture photo - pretty dumb stuff to me, but seems a very common occurance ....


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Post Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Daly River 2018

A stiff breeze, cool temperatures and shallow clear water make barra fishing a real challenge this time of year. The reaches of river I poke around in during the months with no R in them certainly hold fish, however they are easily spooked by a boat and seem to be able to vanish before my eyes, sight casting seems to be impossible, for me anyway.

Billabongs are slightly better options, there are a couple I can fish land based, the water temp is a little higher than the river and the water not as clear or shallow as the river. The trade-off is the crocodile risk, over the years there has been a significant change in the croc population, the fresh water crocs that were in large numbers have disappeared and replaced by a few large salties.

One of the billabongs was known by locals as a “safe” spot for many many years, the freshwater crocs were seen as a litmus test, the salties like to eat the freshies, and the thinking being a large population of freshies generally indicated a lack of salties in this billabong.
The cane toad has played a major role in the fresh water crocs demise, when the toad invaded the river environment I saw and smelled lots of dead freshies that had fallen victim to the poisonous toad, along with everything else that like to eat frogs.

The species of fish I encounter in the billabong is all the usual suspects found in the river, bar one, the sooty grunter, I have never caught one in the billabong. It may be just luck or some other reason, by comparison this time of year in the river is the most productive time to target sooties.

These underrated fish can provide an alternative target for lure fishing when the barra aren’t as cooperative. They hit hard and fight doggedly, not bad on the chew either. Small lures of any type are worth trying, I’ve caught them on trout type lures and in more recent times little plastics rigged “Texas” style being very effective. They have a preference for rock bars but any structure is worth trying. I’ve never caught one in tidal water, they are a strictly fresh water fish.

I’m looking forward to a return to the “R” months.


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Post Posted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Daly River 2018

Who doesn’t like having a new toy to play with? A recent upgrade to a new outboard for my old boat had me excited and itching to put a few hours on it.

The method of using hours of run time for marine, aircraft and stationary engines is a long established way of monitoring an engines use for servicing and potential wear, distance traveled does not apply. I think many urban based cars should also be monitored this way given the time stuck in traffic and stop start use.

The new donk started at the touch of the key and was so quiet at idle that the splash of the tell-tale was the loudest sound, a few minutes of warm up and the boat was underway heading downstream from the Wooliana ramp. I estimated meeting a rising spring tide somewhere near Alligator Head, this would allow me to navigate the lower section of the river around Palmerston Island fairly easily.

Gently purring along at the recommended rev range for breaking in the new motor was going to take several hours for the trip, I had all day and plenty of fuel and supplies on board. The river is nearing its lowest flow rate and is shallow with many of its hidden obstacles being revealed, an ideal opportunity to plot a course on the GPS and mark a few things.
There was only two other trailers at the ramp when I launched, there would be a few other boats on the river from the caravan parks dotted along the river. As I picked my way through the Browns creek bend I noted some of the heavier snags had scars made by props and skegs.

The water was reasonable clear and it was interesting to see and note eddies and back flows of the river as I motored along at a pace slower than the boat would plane at. There was a cluster of small boats at Charlie’s Creek, most were bait fishing with one bloke casting at the mouth of the creek, they waved as I passed giving them a wide berth, they were living the dream I thought to myself.

Motoring along the Golden Mile the water had changed to a weak coffee colour and had a bit of flotsam and jetsam in it, I was able to up the rev range a bit and get the old girl on the plane. The two trailer boats from the ramp where at Kangaroo Rock that was clearly visible, trolling the upstream section waiting for the tide to turn I expected.
At the S bends the snags were also like the ones at Browns creek, bearing the scars of contact with metal, I wondered how many bits of props and legs where on the bottom of this wild river.

The tide was slowing and about to turn as I passed Elizabeth Creek, no boats and I was not likely to see another for the remainder of my trip, the run up to Alligator Head was fairly quick with a stiff breeze on my stern and a few more revs on the tacho, the tide was pushing in hard by the time I reached Clear Creek, I pulled into the creek for a smoko and a leak, the water in the creek mouth was the colour of chocolate.
There was quite a chop on the stretch down to Palmerston Island, tide verses wind makes for uncomfortable and a bit wet boating, but I was on a mission.

I took another break behind the island and checked the fuel and GPS readings before heading back upstream, the engine was a delight to use, smooth and quiet with considerable more grunt than its predecessor, but I felt it could run a bigger prop.
The trip back to the ramp was quicker with the tide and the ability to have a few more revs at hand. I didn’t see another boat until I was upstream of Brown’s.

The first 6hrs of run time on the donk, a couple more runs like this and it will be ready for its first service and be run in and ready for the coming wet.
As I retrieved the boat at the ramp I reflected on earlier times in this boat when its first of four motors was on it 30 years ago and I made similar trips fishing, I remembered having the same experience and excitement of a wild river all to myself.


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Daly River 2018

What colour is the new donk ww???


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Post Posted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Daly River 2018

Its black, built by a famous Japanese motorcycle manufacturer.


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Daly River 2018

Cool buddy, mines blue!!! And I love it!!! Go yammie


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