Fast, agressive and full of power, Brassy Trevally are first cousins with the Giant Trevally. Defined by yellow tips to their dorsal and tail fins plus scattered black speckles along their backs. Brassy Trevally are considered excellent table fish.
Mackerel tuna are stubborn fighters when hooked, and can be recognised by a distinct and striking pattern of broken zig-zaggy lines on the upper sides of their bodies, and two or five dark spots above the pelvic fin.
They are in the Scombridae family which includes all mackerel, tuna and bonito.
The unique flora and fauna of Australia has evolved in isolation over millions of years. Since European settlement there has been some 130 animals introduced. The most significant of these feral animals include: European rabbit, European fox, feral cat, feral goat, feral pig and cane toad.
One of the most prized catches for any fly fisherman is the Blue Bone, correctly known as the blackspot tuskfish or commonly known as bluebone. These fish live in the beautiful northern waters of Western Australia.
They are found along coral reefs and reefy flats hunting for food which include different varieties of crustaceans and sea urchins including crabs, shells and sea critters.
This bluebone was caught on the flats in only 1.5 metres of water with a crab on the end of a fly.
This technique is lots of fun as is challenges the angler as they have to land the cast precisely on top of the fish. Once you are hooked, hold on tight because these fish will go for every hole they can find to try and snap your line and break loose.
Words & Photos by Nicholas Janzen www.nicholasjanzen.com
Two recent guests had a great weekend fishing, bushwalking and kayaking with our guide Mark.
The Blue Mountains Private Safaris swag camp is located on the banks of the Woolondilly River, where you can catch the odd Perch and Carp, which a great fighting fish and fun to catch on fly.
William and Christina tried their hand at fly fishing for the first time and successfully caught a Carp each! (Mark is a very experienced fly fisherman and can teach anyone how to cast a line!)
Pictured below are a very happy couple with their first carp.
Early in the morning, Mark took William and Christina out on the kayaks to do some wildlife and bird spotting. They were lucky enough to spot the very elusive platypus which is always an amazing experience.
If this 76.5cm barra is anything to go by then we are set for another great fishing season on the floodplains during the run off next year.
Each year in the 'wet season', usually January to March, the floodplains are replenished with the monsoonal rains and the flora, fauna and fish of the Top End spring to life.
A highlight for any fisherman at Bamurru Plains is fishing on the Swim Creek floodplain by airboat. Our airboats are fitted with casting decks to maximise the experience of fishing the floodplain in spots that are accessible to camp guests only.
The airboat ride alone is an exhilarating experience as you skim across the floodplains you view the prolific bird and wildlife of the region from magpie geese, egrets and jabirus to buffalo and crocodiles.
Our 2 night/2 day floodplain fishing package starts at $1,860 per person twin-share and is inclusive of accommodation, all meals & beverages and two days guided airboat fishing. To book please contact our reservation team on 1300 790 561 or firstname.lastname@example.org
November to April is classified as the Wet Season in the Top End. Each year, monsoonal winds create high humidity in the air, and bring lots of rainfall which gives the wet season its name.
This is the season where you will be able to witness spectacular electrical storms, which are a dazzling phenomenon.
Final storm front photos before the closure for the season of Bamurru Plains.
These photos were taken coming out of Darter Pond at about 6.30pm. This storm developed in Kakadu and made its way towards camp but passed by continuing along the Arnhem Highway causing a bit of destruction on the way.
Staff watched the amazing electrical storm in the distance around the Bark Hut area.