Nhulunbuy / Gove move :)

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Re: Nhulunbuy / Gove move :)

Post by john d » Fri May 22, 2020 11:30 am

Good luck with the move mate.
Might be out that way later in the year for some work.
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Re: Nhulunbuy / Gove move :)

Post by Matt Flynn » Fri May 22, 2020 4:46 pm

See if you can get into Port Bradshaw with a tinny.

Also try fishing around Cape Arnhem and the Bauxite Shelf. Heaps of landbased queenies, trevs, macks and jacks.

Port Bradshaw is a special remote spot but access may be difficult, not sure the latest arrangements.

The many nearby islands have great pelagic fishing as well as reds, trout etc.

There is ciguatera in the area, usually after storms have stirred things up but it might happen at other times.

Might not be a barra hotspot but there is plenty more to catch.

In these non-run-off places barra are where you find them.

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Re: Nhulunbuy / Gove move :)

Post by Flickin4em » Sat May 23, 2020 9:40 am

Matt Flynn wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 4:46 pm
See if you can get into Port Bradshaw with a tinny.

Also try fishing around Cape Arnhem and the Bauxite Shelf. Heaps of landbased queenies, trevs, macks and jacks.

Port Bradshaw is a special remote spot but access may be difficult, not sure the latest arrangements. .

Cape Arnhems bauxite shelf area has been closed off to white fellas for LB near the penthouse for over 14 years Matt, ever since a whale (someone's uncle) washed up on a beach out that way back in the early 2000s it was fenced off to EVERYONE except a select few crews.... Also Port Bradshaws community Dhanya was damaged in a recent cyclone a few years back so a lot of those families then moved down to spring camps cabins setup so I'd suggest it'd be pretty unlikely getting in there nowadays for a fish as there's no other areas nearby to stay at unless you're launching a 4m rig with a 50 off the mudflat edge over at mosquito creeks "bodgey as boatramp mudslide area" on a 31 inch tyred off road trailer with a custom built 4m fold out drawbar extension mate.


But good luck anyway .... I was plenty disappointed with the hype this area had been promoted with by a lot of other fellas too :bonk:
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Re: Nhulunbuy / Gove move :)

Post by john d » Sat May 23, 2020 10:10 am

Good luck with the move mate.
Might have some work over there later in the year.

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Re: Nhulunbuy / Gove move :)

Post by Daz12 » Sun May 24, 2020 2:47 pm

It's not all doom and gloom mate. There are some good fish to be caught there. Best part is the untouched variety of bays, islands and coastline you can fish. Caught that 92cm on a livie in a creek straight across from the ship loader. Probably got lucky but they're around.
I'm not aware of the bauxite ledge at Cape Arnhem being closed Flicken. I was there from 2006 to 2015 and fished there a few times. Never was any mention of it being closed on the permit or in general discussion. I remember seeing the fence there to stop vehicles but you could walk around.
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Re: Nhulunbuy / Gove move :)

Post by Matt Flynn » Sun May 24, 2020 3:11 pm

Best part is the untouched variety of bays, islands and coastline
Port Bradshaw was an eye-opener for me. Without trying to be D&M, seeing the many species of small fish in the shallows, and rarely trolling for more than 200m without a hookup out around the rocks, and the multi hookups, and seeing crabs crawling around everywhere - and comparing that to some of the fished-out and littered landscapes I'd seen elsewhere around Australia - made me realise just how degraded the more populated coastlines are.

Good fisheries management and strict pollution controls can make some difference in populated areas though. Shark Bay in WA almost lost its local snapper from overfishing but strict management rules brought the stock back.

Port Bradshaw may not be as pristine these days, or even accessible, as Flicken says. Years ago I fished a creek out that way, the bloke I was fishing with said it was a very rarely fished spot and that we were lucky to be there, two minutes later I pulled in the biggest bird's nest of lures off a snag I've seen :D

Look up Dhimurru land management for what is publicly accessible. Might be restrictions with the virus situation. http://www.dhimurru.com.au/

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Post by Flickin4em » Mon May 25, 2020 12:20 pm

Here's a pic off their website with one of their "pristine beaches" lots of nets and other junk ends up in the gulf drifting there from Asia and our Australian waterways too... Then a good swell or cyclone puts it all over the surrounding areas beaches high tide line.
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Re: Nhulunbuy / Gove move :)

Post by Matt Flynn » Mon May 25, 2020 3:47 pm

Ocean beaches even in remote spots like New Year Island are like that.

I didn't see rubbish inside Port Bradshaw when I was there, aside from the lure birds nest.

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Re: Nhulunbuy / Gove move :)

Post by Hutchy » Mon May 25, 2020 11:17 pm

Dont Listen to flickens pesimism fff1964. there are plenty of barra around arnhem, buckingham and blue mud. Blue Mud is a fair haul (200 ks of dirt track) and is predominantly build up fishing with bulk Goldies around the islands also. Arnhem bay is good for both build up and in the limited "run off" that we have, The boat ramp pictured above is plenty good enough to launch 6m+ boats 2 hours either side of high tide and gives you access to a massive bay with 6-7 big river systems and bulk rock bars and can almost always guarantee you will bag out with barra and crabs. Buckingham bay is more of a haul by road but is the best bay for run off fishing.
both Arnhem bay and buckingham can be accessed by boat form Gove harbour also (3-3.5hr trip by boat) but time goes by quickly sinking tins and looking at scenery.
Gove harbour is full of rats and they are very finicky due to the water being alot cleaner here. but there are plenty of big fish to be found too. biggest i have pulled from the bay is 92 but knowof quite a few meterys caught too.

the Islands bluewater/reef fishing around here is very good as well. have lived here for 30 years and the barra fishing is definitely better n darwin for bigger fish but the barra fishing here is still pretty good with plenty to be caught in the 55-75 range and enough meterys caught every year to keep you interested.

flick me a message if you got any questions

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