Club Marine Barra Nationals

The Club Marine Insurance Barra Nationals is the Palmerston Game Fishing Club’s premier tournament, taking place from April 23 to 30 at the Banyan Farm Tourist Park on the Northern Territory’s Daly River.

Sixty teams from around the country will do their best to catch a prized ‘metery’ (a metre-long barramundi) as they compete on a 70km stretch of the Daly River.

While it is still too early to say how the river will fish this year, the club says the rains in late December, which caused severe flooding and the evacuation of the Daly River community, filled the billabongs to capacity. As the river dropped from its 14m-high and the billabongs drained, the cherabin were flushed out in vast quantities, feeding the barra. Another flush at the river’s 12m-mark in early February caused another push, with the Daly on the rise again in late March.


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