I don’t usually have the chance to tussle with Barramundi at night, but the opportunity presented itself on a recent trip to the East Alligator river, Northern Territory.
Equipped with my new Samurai RunOff 16-25lb Baitcast rod, I truly felt empowered for whatever would ensue.
We ventured up Magela creek and camped at the junction. Apart from a few small Barramundi, and a 12-foot croc with overzealous tendencies, it was quiet. The sensitivity of the RunOff rod was exceptional during the day, and this proved to be an invaluable asset at night, when lack of sight became a burden.
The waterline was near low tide as it ticked past 10pm, and with only a metre separating us from the muddy bottom, I wasn’t confident there’d be anything lurking below.
My lure dropped midway across the furthest fork, and with moonlight as an aid, the splash was the only indication of my lure landing. I began a slow, yet erratic retrieval, and no sooner had my lure reached the fork, the momentarily calm water, with the reflection of the moon, exploded violently! The once motionless rod instantly sprang to attention, reacting in unison with my braid, and set the hooks. With head torch illuminated, my braid cut to the rear of the boat where a dead tree was now exposed, and through its eerie branches, the curious 12-foot crocs gleaming red eyes sat, evidently interested in the commotion.
I believe that whatever had chosen my lure as an evening meal was cognisant of the crocs presence, and so swiftly changed directions, heading back towards the fork. The benefit of fishing in a localised area at low tide, however, is that the game zone was now confined. The fish shot back towards the boat, the RunOff rod easily answering each and every outburst, and as it surfaced alongside the boat, our headlamps alighted upon the silhouette of a rather hefty, silver-back Barramundi. My heart jumped, and yet the rod continued performing, as if it was itself conducting the fight. The Barramundi continued to evade our attempts at beckoning its surrender, but with the aid and support rendered to me by the Samurai Rod, surrender was issued much sooner than if I had been equipped with any of my previous rods.
The Barra lay beaten and defeated on the surface, and was brought aboard in haste to minimise any extra time spent in the water; with hooks removed and the fish secured, the Barramundi measured 83cm, a capture I had not expected, especially at night and under such conditions. Throughout the fight I was able to feel, and through the rods sensitivity anticipate, the fish’s intentions. I was certainly impressed with this rods ability during day, and was now awe-struck by its performance at night.
The Samurai RunOff series rods are a must for any keen and avid angler blessed with the opportunity to fish the rivers of the Northern Territory, and they would most certainly perform under any conditions, and for any species, for which its owner puts it to the test.