Run off trip: neaps vs springs

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Run off trip: neaps vs springs

Post by dant135 » Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:16 pm

Hi, booking an NT runoff trip next year.

We usually hit two rivers each trip unless one is going off and have fished the south (top), Daly and chambers creeks in the past with a fair bit of success but the NT tides still confuse us a little as to which is best. I have three Q’s:

- weather pending, do chambers creeks such as marsh still fish well on neaps (or are they inaccessible)

- during a late run off would you pick neaps or springs for the Daly

- during a late run off would you pick neaps or springs for the South, top from nourlangie up

If you were to book a trip, what tides would you prefer?

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Re: Run off trip: neaps vs springs

Post by fish4me123 » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:52 am

Are we going to have a run off?
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Re: Run off trip: neaps vs springs

Post by Flickin4em » Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:48 am

Gday dant135 seeing as everyone else out of the over 100 views on this was so helpful..... here's my personal opinion on the answer to your questions :

Chambers bay cks- springs fishing high tide
Daly-neaps building about 3 days before full or new moon
Upper South Alligator - same as Daly, but flicking gutters and runoff cks you can even try the top of the springs and first few hrs runout

Trolling rockbars in 5 metres you'll find neaps are better as you'll get a longer window to fish and less ripping currents.

Quiz the guides as you are booking they might have a set preferred for a particular area as our tidal variation is so great even a couple of days difference will leave the previously productive spots dry or flooded on the low tide.

Freshwater runoff exact levels are more important earlier in the year around March April...... but by May most rivers are almost back to dry season levels and fish are more concentrated in the river on snags and rockbars not spread out on the floodplains.
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Re: Run off trip: neaps vs springs

Post by Lats » Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:48 pm

Chambers bay creeks will fish on the neaps but it will depend on the amount of run off. If there is heaps of water running out of the creeks the smaller tides might not be enough to back them up. And you won't have as much time in the creek before you need to get off the mud flat

Don't know about the South. But pretty sure it will depend on the size of the wet and amount run off. Big run off, you will need big tides to back it up and create the eddies that swirl the bait around

If I was to book a trip I would book it to start on the smallest tide day and go for at least a week. Then you get small and big tides

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Re: Run off trip: neaps vs springs

Post by theodosius » Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:31 pm

Avoid long weekends and the major comps

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Re: Run off trip: neaps vs springs

Post by al57 » Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:06 am

shady camp another option if you get a good wet,no need to head down to mouth either depending on amount of water coming of top flood plains

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Re: Run off trip: neaps vs springs

Post by fish4me123 » Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:50 am

Shady or tommy cut. Follow the guides. They don't go where you catch nothing. Also match there lures. This works for anywhere. The new gunn pt road might be finished. SWA offers many areas inc jew
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Re: Run off trip: neaps vs springs

Post by b-radical » Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:23 pm

Still yet to experience a run-off with cricket score Barra fishing, this season is the one i hope

Can only suggest studying the weather/river levels plus reading the bible is what ill be doing

Timing seems to be the key as a spot can change overnight but definitely asking the guides will help you make a decision

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Re: Run off trip: neaps vs springs

Post by dant135 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:52 pm

Hi guys, thanks for your help and sorry for my slow response! Very helpful advice, much appreciated!

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Re: Run off trip: neaps vs springs

Post by fish4me123 » Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:04 pm

Are we gunna have a run of
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