Report from the Lodge
28th February 2018
It has been an exceptional wet season so far and everyone at the Lodge has been chomping at the bit to get the ball rolling. The first day of our 2018 Runoff season was on 23 February, and our guests enjoyed some great barra fishing, with the added bonus of saratoga in the upper river for our first guests. Day one saw cricket score catches, with triple hook-up after triple hook-up on ravenous barra, a few jacks and jewies to mix it up a bit, and with hungry barra boofing surface lures off the top! To quote one of our guests “It just doesn’t get any better!”
Great to kick off Runoff 2018 with lodge guides Andy and Dylan at the forefront, providing some old friends and new ones with some great fishing, whilst Harry and I worked hard to provide a mud crab banquet to complete a successful day’s fishing, it worked out to be an epic one! We love it when a plan comes together!
Day two for our first guests worked out as planned, with a frantic blue water morning session which yielded many species including golden snapper, bluebone, coral trout, trevally, queenfish, mackerel, black jewfish,cod and groper…. just to name a few.
Several techniques were employed, such as popping for the pelagic species and working plastic jerk shads rigged on jig heads hopped across the bottom.
When the tide became favourable, the boats then moved into the estuary for a sensational barra session that again included plenty of double and triple hook-ups.
It has been an awesome start to the Barra Lodge season and a great three days of mixed barra and blue water sessions, culminating in an amazing last day’s barra fishing with well over 200 fish caught between two boats!
To quote one of the guests: “The best barra fishing he has seen in 27 years of fishing the NT”.
Expectations run high for a fantastic 2018 Runoff in awesome Arnhem Land.
And we have only just begun…
Shaun Taylor Lodge Manager Arnhem Land Barra Lodge
Over 200 barra between two boats in one day at the Arnhem Land Barra Lodge kicked the 2018 season off in sensational style.
What’s more, this first group of 6 caught more than 400 barra in three days.