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Post Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:46 pm    Post subject: Run off trip: neaps vs springs

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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Post Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:22 am    Post subject: Re: Run off trip: neaps vs springs

Are we going to have a run off?

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Post Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:18 am    Post subject: Re: Run off trip: neaps vs springs

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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Post Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Run off trip: neaps vs springs

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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Post Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Run off trip: neaps vs springs

Avoid long weekends and the major comps


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Post Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:36 am    Post subject: Re: Run off trip: neaps vs springs

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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Post Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:20 am    Post subject: Re: Run off trip: neaps vs springs

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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Post Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Run off trip: neaps vs springs

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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Post Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Run off trip: neaps vs springs

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


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