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Post Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:31 am    Post subject: Surprise Jack

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I have lived in the Territory for most of my life and I remember fishing Rapid Creek after school with my mates in the 70's. Later, when I was at the Darwin Community College in 1981 I caught plenty of small barra on pink vibrotails down in a hole near the mouth, my first fish on plastics. However, nothing could have prepared me for the fish that I caught there yesterday.
There is a section of Rapid Creek that I regularly fish for tarpon , trevally and small Queenfish. I had caught 4 or 5 trevally on small curl tails when I decided to change my plastic to a 3 inch stickbait. (A berkley Powerbait minnow in Watermelon colour). I cast it to the edge of the hole and began a slow hopping retrieve. I was shocked when a real heavy hit registered up the 6 pound braid. After a great fight, I managed to land a 51cm jack, my largest creek jack to date. Has anyone caught a bigger jack out of Rapid Creek?
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:15 am    Post subject: Re: Surprise Jack

What a monster, my biggest there was about 30cm!


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Post Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:21 am    Post subject: Re: Surprise Jack

Nice stuff mate

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Post Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:35 am    Post subject: Re: Surprise Jack

Thats a Ripper from there , well done . 8)

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Post Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:41 am    Post subject: Re: Surprise Jack

Good fish mate! yeww


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Post Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:13 am    Post subject: Re: Surprise Jack

Great fish from a small sandy coastal creek, a favored habitat of Mangrove Jack, only caught one from Rapid Creek, the Vibrotail that came in very small sizes was the lure to use on Barramundi, hooking a barra was easy staying connected was another matter, tarpon were also common.


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Post Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Surprise Jack

Nice Jack, well done
Love catching them, fierce fighters :-)

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Post Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Surprise Jack

mako wrote:
Great fish from a small sandy coastal creek, a favored habitat of Mangrove Jack, only caught one from Rapid Creek, the Vibrotail that came in very small sizes was the lure to use on Barramundi, hooking a barra was easy staying connected was another matter, tarpon were also common.


Yep you're spot on about the size. It was the smallest of the Blue Fox vibrotails that did the damage on the Rapid Creek barra. In fact, small soft plastics under 3 inches are the go for fishing Rapid Creek. I picked up a large Halco Rooster popper that someone had lost. It was more appropriate to catching GT and Queenfish than anything that lives in coastal creeks.


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Post Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Surprise Jack

crackerjack alright, in any creek :mrgreen:

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:46 am    Post subject: Re: Surprise Jack

Sensational fish! One of my personal favourites for the table.

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:14 am    Post subject: Re: Surprise Jack

Top effort mate.....stonka fish!!

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Surprise Jack

Awesome - that is a rippa!


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Post Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Surprise Jack

Yep great work

Have not seen one up here yet :(

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Surprise Jack

nice jack man..good fish for Rapid. Underated creek and if you know how to fish it it produces on all tides.

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:05 am    Post subject: Re: Surprise Jack

Great fish generally but on light gear :clap:


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