Posted by on Jul 14, 2019 in 2019, Results


Attached are both the Round 3 results and the Annual Progressive Scores.

It is going to be incredibly hard for the rest of the competition to chase down Peter Cooper as he continues to stretch his lead.

Congratulations to the other competitors, who are also leading the competition.

2019 Round 3 – Progressive Scores 2019 Round 3 Scores

2019 Round 3 Scores

Results for Round_1 Round_2 Round_3 Total Points Annual Position
Peter Cooper 190 200 200 590 1
Evan Dixon 170 119 175 464 2
Jason Gerdes 77 150 162 389 3
Simon Bochow 175 190 365 4
Kevin Bochow 15 180 166 361 5
Kyle Chin 158 162 320 6
Wade Kelly 162 143 305 7
James Park 116 180 296 8
Dwight Shepherd 156 128 284 9
Brendan Harkness 101 170 271 10
Clayton Archbold 71 200 271 10
Michael Smith 107 158 265 12
Darren Heaven 104 158 262 13
Chris Armstrong 125 134 259 14
Sonia Barnes 89 170 259 14
Kel Shipp 150 104 254 16
Jeffrey Dawson 131 122 253 17
Mark Grosser 140 104 244 18
Craig Grose 134 95 229 19
Karl Boeck 51 166 217 20
Craig Latimore 200 200 21
Josh Scanlon 92 95 187 22
Darren Ball 107 77 184 23
Tim Bolch 180 180 24
Peter Bottrell 21 154 175 25
Wade Johnstone 175 175 25
Liam Mcdonnell 166 166 27
Marty Isaksen 19 143 162 28
Regis Martin 47 110 157 29
Ben Judd 154 154 30
Kai Argent 154 154 30
Robert Mcintosh 150 150 32
Jack Feeney 146 146 33
Mathew Coates 143 143 34
James  Mitchell 137 137 35
Nicholas Hall 137 137 35
Charli Syme 3 131 134 37
Bruce Dunn 128 128 38
James Ballantyne 128 128 38
Luke Tisdale 49 77 126 40
Sam Gray 122 122 41
Dave Freak 119 119 42
Anthony Dent 27 89 116 43
Luke Tibbits 116 116 43
Brenton Slade 113 113 45
Chris Rutishauser 110 110 46
Leon Syme 9 101 110 46
Matt Biddulph 98 98 48
Stephen Pennington 95 95 49
Smiley Baker 89 89 50
Brian Sellers 0 86 86 51
Dean Blackman 86 86 51
Garry Hogg 83 83 53
Ian Jong 83 83 53
Kel Payne 80 80 55
Aaron Rudduck 1 74 75 56
Aaron Neal 74 74 57
Sandie Dean 71 71 58
Peter Blundell 65 65 59
Doug Gorrie 62 62 60
Dan Hayes 59 59 61
Graeme Shaw 57 57 62
Chris Stewart 55 55 63
Helen Stuart 55 55 63
Scott Grosser 47 47 65
Laura Fletcher 41 41 66
Richard McElwee 39 39 67
Andrew Pollard 37 37 68
Mark Bailey 35 35 69
Crystal Neal 33 33 70
Hanna Morgan 31 31 71
George Larner 29 29 72
Jason Reynhout 25 25 73
John Langdon 23 23 74
Tim Morgan 19 19 75
Joe Martin 15 15 76
Dave Gray 13 13 77
Ken Henderson 9 9 78
Grayson McKinlay 5 5 79
Tania Sellers 2 2 80
Tom Grose 1 1 81
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Round 3, 2019 – Billabong Round

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in 2019, Round Report

Round 3, 2019 – Billabong Round

It was a typical dry season weekend, sunny throughout the day with the temperature plummeting at night. Anglers were spread across the billabongs, with Corroboree being the most popular, as you’d expect. At Shady Fresh, there were large numbers of juvenile fish to keep anglers entertained. Scoring fish however were virtually impossible to come by. Hardies produced a fish for a couple of anglers but pickings were slim. Corroborree was where the bulk of the scoring fish were caught but don’t pack the boat and go just yet though… For every competitor who landed a fish, there’d be at least two dozen who didn’t. Here are some sobering statistics: only nine competitors caught the seventeen scoring fish, with the bulk of these fish landed by our series leader Peter Cooper. Well done also to James Park for capturing the biggest fish for the weekend, at 83cm, trolling at night.

Can we blame the poor wet for more mediocre fishing or are the fish simply lying dormant in the cool weather? No one really knows… Despite the lack of fish caught, competitors were generally positive about the weekend and just pleased to spend time exploring these unique habitats. A special mention must be made to ‘Banana Man’ who put on an eye-blinding laser show on Saturday evening for everyone to enjoy. If anyone works for customs however, you might want to catch up with this competitor as he seemed to have a boat filled with assorted types of contraband.


After round three, the series winner from 2018, Peter Cooper, is absolutely dominating the competition. From this point, he looks virtually unstoppable. ‘Cuddles’ is proving to be a very cunning competitor with vast amounts of TEBS experience. As Regis (TEBS Journalist) is away gallivanting the globe, the rest of the report will be made up of key information gathered from the top 5 round leaders who managed to raise a scale.


(1) Peter Cooper:

Peter fished Hardies Lagoon landing a few fish dropping plastics deep in the timber. He caught one fish trolling at night another at daylight trolling in the same spot. Peter found the fish by listening for boofing fish at night and returning during day light. Late on Sunday, Peter returned to Hardies to land a final scorer in the spot from the day before after the timber had the night to rest.

Stand out lures: Rapala X Rap and Zerek Flat Shads.


(2) Simon Bochow:

Simon and his dad caught several fish between them fishing Corroboree Billabong. Most of their fish were caught peppering snags with Fuze Baits. At night, Simon jagged a scoring fish on a Strada hard body.


(3) James Park:

James launched late on Saturday arvo at Corroboree. He fished most of the night with Kel before dropping him back at the ramp to catch a flight to the Gold Coast. James landed his two scorers at night trolling a large Bomber and a custom coloured Classic.


(4) Evan Dixon:

Evan fished Shady Fresh, Hardies and Corroboree on Saturday. He caught several undersized fish at Shady casting shallow, dead weed beds with a weedless plastic. Realising Shady was a bit of a nursery, the decision was made to move on to Hardies Lagoon. After casting for a number of hours to no avail, he and his decky decided to complete the full tour of billabongs and camp in Corroboree. On sun down, Evan caught his only scorer for the weekend. The 70cm fish was caught casting dead weed beds in the cutting after traffic had died down.

Stand out lures: Castaic Jerky J 5 inch (flasher rig) and a Z-Man 3 inch Minnow


(5) Brendan Harkness:

Brendan fished Hardies on Saturday. He managed a 67cm barra casting across weeds and lillies with a Z-Man Frog. He lost another two fish within the same hour.


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Round 3 2019 Billabongs Scorecard

Posted by on Jul 3, 2019 in 2019, Round Scorecard

Round 3 2019 Billabongs Scorecard

Here are the Round 3 Scorecards in various formats such as jpeg and word docs.  Your choice of media.

Don’t forget to place the scorecard with the fish and measure in your photos. The upload facility for this round on the website is ready to go.

Enjoy the weekend, keep warm and be safe.

Photo’s of anything interesting and good quality to please


Word Doc’s below

Round 3 Scorecard Black -White

Round 3 Scorecard Colour

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Round 3 2019 Information – Billabong Round 6th – 7th July

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019 in 2019, Round Info

Round 3 2019 Information – Billabong Round  6th – 7th July

Round 3 2019 Information: Mary River Billabongs –  Dates: July 6th & 7th

Times: Start time 6am Saturday July 6th and finish time Sunday July 7th  at 6pm.

Where: Corroboree, Rockhole, Hardies, Mary River Bridge Lagoon, and Shady Fresh (upper side of the barrage only)

Round Card: The Round card will be sent out on Thursday 4th July and will also be on the TEBS website on that day.

Scoring: Results for Round 3 need to be uploaded by 5pm on Monday 8th July.

Please use the upload facility  on the  website.

If you do experience any difficulty with uploading your fish to the website please use the option of emailing to as a last resort for this Round.

The results on the web will be provisional until we have checked them out and notify everyone officially. Given the work involved end results may not be available until Friday 12th July.

Photographing Fish. Make sure mouth is closed or as close to closed as you can get. Please try to take clear photos. The Round card shall be in the photo.

Measuring. Please remember that fish will be sized down to the centimetre. For example, if the fish is between 58.00 to 58.9cm it will be scored at 58cm.

Photos: Send any quality fish and scenery pictures to for inclusion on the web and other media.

Lures: It would be great if you could put the effort into telling us what lures your fish were caught on when uploading your images in the comments sections as this is helpful feedback to sponsors.

Prizes:  There will be the usual prizes up for grabs as well as a prize for the biggest Saratoga ,Sleepy Cod and Sooty.

Send your Saratoga , Sleepy Cod @Sooty Griunter pictures to

VHF Channel 72 for chatter.


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Posted by on Apr 8, 2019 in 2019, Get Together


We have decided to wait until after the major competitions to hold our first Top End Barra Series social catch up and presentation. This event be held on Sunday, June the 9th between 4pm and 6pm. We will meet back at our usual spot at the end of Chapman Rd, where it intersects with Casuarina Drive. Please make an effort to get there, socialise and meet/greet new faces. A sausage sizzle will be arranged and as usual there will be a number of lucky door prizes up for grabs. Don’t forget to bring a chair or a mat to sit on.  Best of luck to all the TEBS sheilas and fellas fishing in either Girls Gone Fishing, The Barra Nationals and The Barra Classic.

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Chrome Stress

Posted by on Apr 4, 2019 in 2019, Round Report

Chrome Stress

In the Top End Barra Series, it’ a bit like the days in life, the rounds follow each other but don’t all look alike. The first round of 2019 was a chrome overload, the second one was more on the chrome stress side of things. Very low level of water on the mighty Daly River, made her a bit of a vixen to fish. The recent rains made the river incredibly dirty, which limited trolling and the drains were competitive, over fished pieces of real estate.  Although many found it hard, some stood up to the test and came back with well-deserved glory. As after all, to win without challenge, doesn’t warrant much praise.

Saturday was hot and slow for most. With boats passing each other and lamenting on the lack of fish. Or even worse, that they could see on the sounder as many as 30 big fish on a short troll run, but that pass after pass, none of them wanted to take a lure. By the end of the day, the murmurs on the river was that only a handful of fish had been boated, and a few of the TEBS participants, decided that a raft up was the only sane thing to do at this point in time.

During the night, boofing all around the boat woke many up .On three separate occasion, my skipper and I got up and flicked lures for long stretches of time sadly without any success. Fish were all around and feeding aggressively, but staying way clear of our lures. The mozzies on the other hand, found us without a problem, and were even more ferocious than the barramundi. Oh what a night!

By Sunday morning, many had decided to call it quits and the car park was steadily emptying. A few stayed on and had revenge. Over the weekend, only 71 barramundi reached point scoring length and this round will be remembered as one of the more challenging.

Usually fisherfolk who venture to the Daly, do so with the expectation of finding one or more, large silver Barra mamas… Well the biggest one of the round was an 86 cm specimen hooked by Darren Heaven. A beautiful fish, yet still so far from the magic meter mark. In relative terms, it was more valuable than a Shady meterie, given the overall appalling stats. But what was a much more common size to land was the dreaded 49cm fish. To the extent that a few boats joked between themselves about the 49s Club, and how many 49s each had amassed for their Facebook albums. As a comparison, the first round of the 2019 TEBS at Shady Camp had someone with a bag of five fish at 46th place on the scoreboard. In the second round, only the top four competitors got a full bag…

It seemed that small soft plastic lures where the go to catch fish this year. Was it due to the poor wet season and the small size of the bait in the river? Some have commented that most of the fish they caught were very lean and looked rather hungry. Talking techniques, Clayton Archbold and Sonia Barnes impressed the competition, using their Garmin 8410 SSV Panoptics Telescope (supplied by Frenchy’s Marine). The pair used the s


ounder, to find active fish in the upper reaches of the Daly, place vibes in the strike zone for however long it took to entice a bite. Incredible…

In the third place came Kevin Bochow, with a bag of 54, 55, 60, 72 and 74cm. He caught all his fish on the ever reliable Reidy’s vibe. In tied first place, we had Clayton Archbold whose fish were 55, 61, 66, 74 and 79. Also in first place, we find the ever consistent Peter Cooper, last year Grand Champion, who looks like he will not give back his crown without a fight. Peter’s bag got filled with barramundi at 63, 65, 68, 68 and 72. Peter caught all his fish on rubber during the daytime. He fished the lower part of the Daly and only found a small bite window at high tide each day. Congratulations…

Well done to everybody who caught a fish and those that persisted and refused to give up. If the fishing gods were not on your side on the weekend, remember, rounds follow each other but don’t all look the same.

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