The Sixth and Final Round for the 2018 Top End Barra Series.

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in 2018, Round Report

The Sixth and Final Round for the 2018 Top End Barra Series.

The sixth and final round of this year’s series was eagerly awaited by many. It was the round that would crown this year’s champion and crush the hearts of many. Well it did not disappoint, with joy and tales of the big ones that got away, it had it all.

Weather wise, it was nice and warm, or as other like to say, Bloody Hot! But luck was still on the side of the TEBS participants, as no big storm came to ruin the weekend. A bit of breeze and a drizzle of rain on Saturday was even a welcome refreshment for sweaty anglers. This round I also witnessed one of the biggest raft for the year, well and truly in the TEBS spirit.

From what I heard, the three Wilkshires creeks and The Narrows were the places to be. Only a handful of fish came in from Leader’s Creek and Saltwater Arm. Lots of fish were caught trolling hard bodies, but one team got lucky by dropping large soft plastic lures on schools of fish that were on the bottom and didn’t respond to the trolled lures. Proving once again that adaptation is the key to success.

About the big fish during this very round… I have seen with my own eyes, a lure owned by Chris Rutishauser that had the tail  anchor torn out the back of it… Easy to guess that this hardware failure allowed a trophy fish to escape. Another team who found the big ones was Tim Morgan and his young daughter Hannah. They had a great start to the weekend with the first trawl producing a double hook up with the fish coming in at 78 and 82 cm. Not a bad pair…and then as if this wasn’t enough, they hit a purple patch from here on and Tim plucked a 101 cm Barra from the Narrows, the biggest fish for the round. He nearly fell in the drink when his daughter hit the throttle with a bit too much enthusiasm, trying to regain some line, as his reel was almost spooled. Yet in the end the beast was netted, boated, photographed and measured before being carefully released. Well done. Dwight Shepherd had a worthy catch too, snagging a 92 cm fish, at Leaders on a Reidy’s Judge in TEBS Green, proof that the TEBS lure works.

Now for the fishing nerds among us, who love statistics: 89 scoring barramundi were caught over the weekend. 21 in the 70 cm range, 11 in the 80 cm range, 1 in the 90 cm range. and one in the 100 cm range. This is about a third of the catch being at 70 cm or over, which is a really good ratio of mature fish.

The third place winner for the round was Kai Argent with a 58, 62, 71, 77 and 82 cm Barra. Coming second, was Tim Morgan with a 78, 82 and 101 cm fish and the winner of the round was Peter Cooper with a full and very consistent bag of 73, 75, 76, 78 and 81 cm fish. An impressive round result once again helped ‘Cuddles’ retain the lead and be crowned once again the series champion. Congratulations!

Being the last round of the year, we would also like to congratulate the 2018 Series top ten (no easy feat):

  1. Peter Cooper
  2. Simon Bochow
  3. Shane Moon
  4. Kai Argent
  5. Kel Shipp
  6. James  Mitchell
  7. Wade Johnstone
  8. James Park
  9. Josh Scanlon
  10. Dwight Shepherd

Thank you to all the participants, volunteers and obviously Rossco, who have put in the hours and effort in this 7th year of the Top End Barra Series to make it special. We are also truly grateful of our supportive and generous sponsors.

The date and location for the final presentation will be advised in the coming weeks. We look forward now to next year and the 8th edition of your favourite social fishing tournament. If you are like me, it will be a long wait for it all to start over again! Salute, Regis

 

Round 6 (confirmed results):

2018 Series (confirmed results):

 

(Reminder: Entry forms for 2019 are now overdue and the Bigfish order will be placed shortly)

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Round 6 2018 Scorecard – Adelaide River

Posted by on Oct 18, 2018 in 2018, Round Scorecard

Round 6 2018 Scorecard – Adelaide River

Please find below links to the Round 6 Scorecard. 

We still need some high resolution photos from throughout the year to add to the 2018 coverage of TEBS in the December NAFA magazine. If you have some good photos to share please send to Rossco.

The Iron Jack Evakool esky photo competition is still running so get them in.

When photographing your fish on the measure device ensure the mouth is closed and the round card is next to the fish. Clear photos make it easier for point score verification.

Please also set your camera to the correct date so that date/time metadata can be verified. Competitors may disable location if they would like to keep their exact fishing locations private.

 

Round 6 Scorecard Colour

Round 6 Scorecard BW

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Round 6 2018 – Boundary Information

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in 2018, Round Info, VHF Radio Communication

Round 6 2018 – Boundary Information

The following information relates to Round 6 2018, for the lower Adelaide River / Estuary area.

There are plenty of hazards within the boundary so please take care. Hopefully the wind will hold off to make travel and fishing more pleasant.

The eastern boundary finishes on the northern bank of Jack Creek. The boundary finishes at the western tip of the last bay before Shoal Bay. The upstream boundary is Castle Creek as per previous years.

VHF 72 or 77 should be okay on the weekend.

Are you in for TEBS 2019 yet? Entries close soon.

 

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Round 5 Darwin Harbour 2018, Information and Score Card

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in 2018, Round Scorecard

Round 5 Darwin Harbour 2018, Information and Score Card

The Darwin Harbour Round boundary is a line from Nightcliff Jetty through to Mandorah Jetty. You may fish anywhere that you like inside of the boundary including the harbour arms.

Attached is the Round 5 Scorecard in both colour and black and white in Word and jpg formats. The choice is yours. The Scorecard is available on the website too. Please make sure your scoring fish photos are on a measuring device with the Round 5 Score Card visible.

Capture returns need to be uploaded to the website no later than 5pm on Monday 1st of October.

The ‘other species’ for the round will be the largest queenfish and the biggest Mangrove Jack.

As usual Ross would appreciate some high-resolution photos of competitors holding fish as well as any other good shots for use in media. Please send them to Ross at ross@tebs.fish.

Round 5 Darwin Harbour BW

Round 5 Darwin Harbour Colour

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Round 4 Scorecard – Bynoe Harbour

Posted by on Aug 22, 2018 in 2018, Round Scorecard

Round 4 Scorecard – Bynoe Harbour

Attached is the Round 4 Scorecard in both colour and black and white in Word and jpg formats. The choice is yours. The Scorecard is available on the website too.

Capture returns need to be uploaded to the website no later than 5pm on Monday 27th August.

Please make sure your scoring fish photos are on a measure device with the Round 4 Score Card visible.

The ‘other species’ for the Round will be the largest Blue Salmon and the biggest Mangrove Jack.

Links below to Word Scorecard

Bynoe Scored Card BW

Score Card Bynoe Colour

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Round 4 Bynoe Harbour 2018 – 25th & 26th August

Posted by on Aug 20, 2018 in 2018, Round Info

Round 4 Bynoe Harbour 2018 – 25th & 26th August

Round 4 Bynoe Harbour 2018 – Information & Boundary

The boundary for Bynoe Harbour is outlined below.  You may fish anywhere inside the marked boundary in including all arms.

Please bear in mind however any restrictions in place resulting from the Kenbi Land Claim decision.

Capture returns need to be uploaded to the website no later than 5pm on Monday 27th August.

As usual I would appreciate some high-resolution photos of competitors holding fish as well as any other good shots for use in media. Please send them to me at ross@tebs.fish.

The ‘other species’ for the Round will be the largest Blue Salmon and the biggest Mangrove Jack.

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