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South Alligator river

Post by matt1311 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:14 pm

Hey guys was just wondering how south alligator fishes this time of year and any tips would be much appreciated Cheers!



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Re: South Alligator river

Post by Lats » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:47 pm

Probably uber big reefies out from the mouth but its a long trip and you must be prepared to be hit with storms

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Post by fishfanatic » Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:09 pm

Get in before the rains start..once we get monsoonal downpours the barra fishing turns off though the reefies keep biting. BUT as Lats said be careful about storms.
It generally takes me 2 1/2 hours to cruise down to the mouth, I try to go with the outgoing tide where possible to get better fuel economy. Also be aware of sandbars along the river...only travel fast on a high tide and dont try to cut corners too close :P :mrgreen:

If storms strike one of the best places to hide is Mud Island, heading downstream it's near the left side of the mouth (check Google). Gives good protection from storms BUT at a cost of two litres of blood to mossies and about 1 to midgies per hour. :wink: :wink: :wink:
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Re: South Alligator river

Post by trevor schultz » Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:53 am

gday matt1311

when were you thinking about going down the south?

i was thinking about heading down tonight and putting the boat in first light wednesday good to have a second boat around

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Re: South Alligator river

Post by BlueyNT » Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:01 pm

[quote="fishfanatic"]Get in before the rains start..once we get monsoonal downpours the barra fishing turns off though the reefies keep biting. BUT as Lats said be careful about storms.
It generally takes me 2 1/2 hours to cruise down to the mouth, I try to go with the outgoing tide where possible to get better fuel economy. Also be aware of sandbars along the river...only travel fast on a high tide and dont try to cut corners too close :P :mrgreen:

If storms strike one of the best places to hide is Mud Island,





When did they change the name of Sandy Island to Mud Island?
I'm not young enough to know every thing .

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Re: South Alligator river

Post by SteveB » Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:21 pm

Hey there BlueyNT, I agree with you about the sandbars. We had a presentation quite a few years ago at the Palmy Game fishing club, the ranger from the South stated "the middle of the river is not your friend". Saw it myself after that. Never forget it.
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Re: South Alligator river

Post by nomad » Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:09 am

I’m still not convinced that going down any river on an outgoing tide is the best way to go.
Yes its, good for fuel economy but if you get hooked up on a sand/mud bar, you are there for a long time

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Re: South Alligator river

Post by ghound » Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:12 am

I aim to be at mumbalarri landing for the first of the run out pretty clean sailing after that as far as hitting sandbars

I have been fishing the South ll my life and it's been Mud Island since 1980 BlueyNT your either old or wrong but probably both.

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Re: South Alligator river

Post by AM » Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:22 am

ghound wrote:I aim to be at mumbalarri landing for the first of the run out pretty clean sailing after that as far as hitting sandbars

I have been fishing the South ll my life and it's been Mud Island since 1980 BlueyNT your either old or wrong but probably both.

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Re: South Alligator river

Post by nomad » Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:26 pm

ghound wrote:I aim to be at mumbalarri landing for the first of the run out pretty clean sailing after that as far as hitting sandbars

I have been fishing the South ll my life and it's been Mud Island since 1980 BlueyNT your either old or wrong but probably both.

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Re: South Alligator river

Post by ghound » Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:09 pm

nomad

No doubt it is shallow until you get to round the world. I must say though I find the area at the Daly down from clear creek a bit more daunting. I guess its what your used too

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Re: South Alligator river

Post by cuddlescooper » Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:46 pm

ghound wrote:I aim to be at mumbalarri landing for the first of the run out pretty clean sailing after that as far as hitting sandbars

I have been fishing the South ll my life and it's been Mud Island since 1980 BlueyNT your either old or wrong but probably both.

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I personally think the south is not that bad a river once you get a few basics in place. I went down the river a few times this year near dead low tide. I found that if I had enough water to launch at the boat ramp I had enough water to navigate the river. It was actually easier to go down on the dead low as the channel was tiny but exposed. At worst i had 4 foot of water under the hull. The trick was to watch the water running. If it ran with out ripples it was deep. if it ran with ripples it was shallow. If the water eddies it is steep drop off on the edge of a sandbar. Simply using the sounder and bouncing from one edge of the channel back to the other got me down.

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Re: South Alligator river

Post by Lats » Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:02 pm

cuddlescooper wrote:
ghound wrote:I aim to be at mumbalarri landing for the first of the run out pretty clean sailing after that as far as hitting sandbars

I have been fishing the South ll my life and it's been Mud Island since 1980 BlueyNT your either old or wrong but probably both.

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I personally think the south is not that bad a river once you get a few basics in place. I went down the river a few times this year near dead low tide. I found that if I had enough water to launch at the boat ramp I had enough water to navigate the river. It was actually easier to go down on the dead low as the channel was tiny but exposed. At worst i had 4 foot of water under the hull. The trick was to watch the water running. If it ran with out ripples it was deep. if it ran with ripples it was shallow. If the water eddies it is steep drop off on the edge of a sandbar. Simply using the sounder and bouncing from one edge of the channel back to the other got me down.

I'd get one of the deck hands to turn and face you. If you can see the whites of his eyes, you know its shallow :lol:

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Re: South Alligator river

Post by cuddlescooper » Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:43 pm

Lats wrote:
cuddlescooper wrote:
ghound wrote:I aim to be at mumbalarri landing for the first of the run out pretty clean sailing after that as far as hitting sandbars

I have been fishing the South ll my life and it's been Mud Island since 1980 BlueyNT your either old or wrong but probably both.

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wow :lol: :lipsrsealed: :lipsrsealed:

I personally think the south is not that bad a river once you get a few basics in place. I went down the river a few times this year near dead low tide. I found that if I had enough water to launch at the boat ramp I had enough water to navigate the river. It was actually easier to go down on the dead low as the channel was tiny but exposed. At worst i had 4 foot of water under the hull. The trick was to watch the water running. If it ran with out ripples it was deep. if it ran with ripples it was shallow. If the water eddies it is steep drop off on the edge of a sandbar. Simply using the sounder and bouncing from one edge of the channel back to the other got me down.

I'd get one of the deck hands to turn and face you. If you can see the whites of his eyes, you know its shallow :lol:
And when you can see the whites of the eyes you trim it up a little more and put thr throttle down to the floor. If your gonna hit you might as well hit hard.

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Re: South Alligator river

Post by Gregsy » Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:22 pm

Saw it first hand yesterday at king ck...some boys came flying out and parked up pretty quick on the mud flat, jumped out pushed her off and kept goin!

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