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Post Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:04 am    Post subject: First tinny, advice please.

G'day all.

I bought my first tinny on the weekend (it's 3.7m 15hp).

I'm wondering if anyone could tell me some easy spots to go for a fish around Darwin (within 300km ish) for a first boat owner.

Also is the nt gov site for tides the best for tide info? I don't want to get stuck up sh$ts creek..

Thanks in advance.


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Post Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:38 am    Post subject: Re: First tinny, advice please.

I use willy weather for tides.

That’s on the small side for the territory.

All depends on what sort of fishing you want to do.


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Post Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:00 am    Post subject: Re: First tinny, advice please.

Congrats on your first rig. :mrgreen:

While your boat is ''small'' this will enable access to areas that a bigger 5m boat will have no chance of getting to. It's a good size for billabongs and perfect for setting pots for muddies in the tricky stuff. It is perfect for remote areas with no ramp launch where you are lowering it in off the 4x4 winch. Couple of spots for a fish include: upper daly, mary r bridge lagoon, finniss, upper Adeliade / manton river mouth or margret mouth, mardugal, jim jim, yellow waters or red lily billabongs, lizzy river and the pioneer creek arm or haycock reach area off channel island. Also Manton is a good place to test run it , get used to how it handles and get fuel burn figures sorted out.

Heres a pic of the tide chart i use. See you out there.


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Post Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:05 pm    Post subject: Re: First tinny, advice please.

Given the time of year, Manton Dam would probably be a hard place to top as far as an ideal location to go out and feel the boat out, so you can get it setup, trimmed and balanced right. Quiet, safe easy tow, simple boat ramp, protected waters and not terribly far if you had to paddle. A good and interesting spot to learn the sounder too and learn how to troll and drive at the same time. It's also not going to be hard to bail if the weather turns to poo.


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Post Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:10 pm    Post subject: Re: First tinny, advice please.

The flats out the front of Sadgroves Creek have barra on a rising tide and a surprising number of other species, although more so during the Build-up, and you can explore Bleesers, Reichardt and Sadgroves Creeks, as well as the rocks around the wharf.

Once you get confident you can even chase mackies at Lee Point in a 3.7, picking your weather, with care.

There are Darwin tide tables in each NTMAG.

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Post Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:33 pm    Post subject: Re: First tinny, advice please.

I think that you’ve fallen for the trap that most of have at some stage. In the old days, most of us had 3.5m tinnies and they were fine but these days you’ll find that it wont be long until you go for the safety and comfort of a min 5m boat.
Just don’t get sucked into going out wide on a ‘flat’ day because it will inevitably blow up rough and your life will be in danger
Enjoy the little tinny and play around in close – there are some great little spots in close


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Post Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:27 pm    Post subject: Re: First tinny, advice please.

In the right weather DSAC barge just off Eastpoint can be fun, middle arm creeks just sound for rough bottom (watch the big tides) - plenty of deep water just off Channel Island. Lastly lots of fishy areas in front of Mandorah - I used to catch heaps of fish in little tinnie.


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Post Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:50 pm    Post subject: Re: First tinny, advice please.

Just chuck her in and go for it :cool:

Dannet is right though. If its your first, Manton Dam is the best place to put it through its paces and make it part of you.

Then the all the big rivers are a ball and the coast is awesome :surf:

Ive seen smaller tinnys out at Urquhart Island (Gulf of C) that go all the way out from King Ash Bay Comp at Easter. That's madness for sure :titanic:

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Post Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:47 pm    Post subject: Re: First tinny, advice please.

Cheers for all the advice. I'll probably try all those spots eventually


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Post Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:40 pm    Post subject: Re: First tinny, advice please.

Also Sampan is a pretty safe river too, but probably don't go to Tommy Cut or the coastals until you really know the boat as it can get pretty gnarly out the front in less than the change of a tide. At least wait until late April when the storms and westerlies settle. Use Windy and Willy and watch it for a few days beforehand s you know what to expect on the day.

However, launching there should be a lot easier now, but you might come under a bit of pressure from a high volume of traffic. At Manton you can do a few dummy runs work out what works, even make adjustments and not get in anyone's way. Good picnic area, take the missus and make an morning of it.

One other thing, go out one time soon when it's not so ideal. Sooner or later you will strike some weather that you wish you weren't out in. I'm not talking cyclonic, 5 to 10 knots coming from between a Northern and and Westerly direction. Much better for the first time to poke your nose out into it and experience it than need to come back across 10km of it.


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Post Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:19 pm    Post subject: Re: First tinny, advice please.

expect around 3 km / L for a 2 banger 15 on a 3.7m tinny but always carry a bit of extra fuel


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Post Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:40 am    Post subject: Re: First tinny, advice please.

dannett wrote:

One other thing, go out one time soon when it's not so ideal. Sooner or later you will strike some weather that you wish you weren't out in. I'm not talking cyclonic, 5 to 10 knots coming from between a Northern and and Westerly direction. Much better for the first time to poke your nose out into it and experience it than need to come back across 10km of it.


Top tip there mate but a backup boat with you might be a good idea too if you're interested in finding out about the full extreme limits of the new beast offshore or even simply crossing the harbour when it blows up a bit this time of year though. I too have caught my fair share of quality barra '' back in the day '' from the legendary ol' 12ft tinny so go hard mate and enjoy the experience of a day out on the water at a fraction of the cost of the w@nkers with all the gear and no idea. :lol:

BTW a 30 on it will get it to do 60km/h or thereabouts making the above mentioned crew spit it when you fly past them laughing on the way out to spot X too. :cool:

Stay in close unless keen on a bit of a surf on the way home and you'll slay it particularly on good eating sized Barra to 75cm and pan sized goldies up to 50cm, rock cod, both types of salmon, ripper queenies, solid mangrove jacks the odd jewie or mackie and some other unstoppable stuff... that'll make you wonder if 80lb braid is a bit light in this situation are regulars in the harbour arms. Good luck bud I truly hope you get onto a few rippers just like we did for so many years without the new fandangled gadgets .. Before turning into old farts sh!t scared of a real day of true white knuckle adventure. :rofl:

Bynoe Harbour is also another spot you might want to target too mate. Launching from six pack ck if it's a bit windy or keswick pt on a good day is probably the best bet. Pioneer beach is a good area to access the charlotte or annie rivers but the launch site ( which is off a pretty steep sandy beach )is a bit cr.p sometimes so bring a snatch strap for this one if giving it a go.

Your new rig would also be the go to beach launch at the Finniss mouth too. Saving 20 km of getting pounded in the surf each way like everyone else.

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Post Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:31 pm    Post subject: Re: First tinny, advice please.

Make sure you have spares, eg 2 stroke oil. spark plugs and a couple of tools. Not like the 20hp merc of leaders which waved thier paddles for help and we cleaned his spark plugs. We did it because the two laidies with him looked scared

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Post Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:47 pm    Post subject: Re: First tinny, advice please.

Thanks again for all the advice.

I was also curious if there’s anywhere I shouldn’t go due to crocs? I’m keen to head up the Adelaide river but my missus thinks I’m crazy..


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Post Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:13 pm    Post subject: Re: First tinny, advice please.

Flickin4em wrote:
even simply crossing the harbour when it blows up a bit this time of year though.

Oh yeah, just try and come out of middle arm back towards the wharf with the afternoon wind barreling down the throat of the harbour on an incoming tide.

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I was also curious if there’s anywhere I shouldn’t go due to crocs? I’m keen to head up the Adelaide river but my missus thinks I’m crazy..

Yeah, I wouldn't be hanging around within 10km of the ramp area in that. But all of the rivers have big crocs.


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