The year of the great Top End run off!

A terrific 108cm barra for Lodge regular, Peter Scott, who was over the moon with his first ever metrey.

STAFF from the Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge in the Northern Territory have been saying all summer that this year’s wet season was shaping up as a great one and it’s now official.

This wet is the fifth wettest since records began, with a chance of becoming the third wettest if a little more rain falls before the end of the month.

Lodge Manager Shaun Taylor has reported Lodge guests enjoying 100+ barra per boat days, mixed in with plenty of other species like threadfin salmon, black jew, mangrove jack and golden snapper.

“Our aussie cricketers may be struggling, but the boats out at Barra Lodge have been knocking over a few cricket scores this last month,” Taylor said.

“Recently a group of 18 guests managed over 1000 fish in three days, with 490 barra, and many other species. The biggest barra so far has been 108cm, with 90s and 80s coming aboard as well,” he said.

A happy trio show off their triple hook-up on black jew.

Taylor also went on to say that guests have been hammered by the best run of black jewfish he has ever seen plus some sublime bluewater fishing.

“Clients’ drags have been smoked all over the place by the rampaging black jew and there has been scores of queenies and trevally as well as good numbers of coral trout and golden snapper being landed by our guests in the bluewater. There have also been good numbers of rampaging giant herring around which have been causing havoc with double and triple hook-ups,” he said.

It’s not too late to get in on the action!

Limited last chance bookings are available for dates in April and May, or if you prefer to visit later in the year for the build-up, fishing recommences in September.

Taylor said that Barra Lodge staff are anticipating a great build-up to follow in October and November 2017.

“The rivers are full of barra now, it’s just where you look for them that will be different in the build-up as the waters warm up and the barra come on the bite again,” he said.

More information, including available dates, can be found on the Barra Lodge website.

Coastal floodplains inundated after the big wet. Plenty of runoff to come yet!

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