Guide Pete from Territory Guided Fishing releases a big coastal creek Barra.
ESCAPE FISHING WITH ET IS ON TODAY AT 4:30PM NETWORK 10 Treasures of Ningaloo Reef From Exmouth down to Coral Bay on the Ningaloo Reef there’s a wealth of treasures to show you this week. Hugging the shore for 240 km down the coast of Western Australia, World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef is the world’s largest fringing reef. As soon as we head out from Exmouth with fishing charter, True Blue Bonefish, and Skipper, Brett Wolf, we find shallow reef studded with coral and bommies. The crystal clear water reveals the rich sea life all around. It’s remarkable that we manage to keep a feisty GT on the line with all the sharp coral about. Later, south of Exmouth, in deeper water out from Coral Bay, I’m with Skipper, Bernie Vale, of Mahi Mahi Fishing Charters. First we catch and tag a small sailfish, then battle with Red Emperors of the reef and joust with Gold Spot Trevally. Back down on the Shoalhaven River of New South Wales, whether out with my mate Hugh in the Hobie, or the Frontier 590, the misty mornings are lovely for chasing more homely Australian Bass on cicada lures.
Early morning on a NT creek is a favourite time for me. As the tide, baitfish and Barra move in, it’s an exciting time to wet a line.
Releasing a solid Barra. You don’t want to get your hands to close to those NT crocs!
Everyone is excited when a big metery is caught. Pete holds up his 102cm beauty.
ESCAPE FISHING WITH ET is on Today at 4:30pm, Network 10. Don’t miss this episode, it’s a cracker !
Peter Barnes is the skipper and Barra guide for Territory Guided Fishing. He and his wife Terri own a liveaboard vessel which makes fishing the run off in the NT the best. The boat is on a mooring at the mouth of the Mary river which allows you to be at all the gutters in the prime spot before anyone else arrives. You can come back for lunch in air conditioning before heading back out for the afternoon tide. This is my favourite way to chase the big Barra in the run off so be sure to look up Territory Guided Fishing.
A big Barra jumps close to the net. Often this is where you lose your fish as they use their power to throw the hook midair.
We park the boat at the mouth of a coastal creek where the baitfish and Big Barra gather on the Spring tides. It’s here that we cast our Bomber lures to hook the big Barra with a fish over 1 metre in length the target.