SERIES 4 THE PROGRAMS
Presented by Alex Julius, this latest Fishing North Australia Series 4 is all about combining amazing tropical Australian sportfishing with true adventure. Much of FNA is documentary style, with beautiful vistas of unspoiled wilderness habitat and diverse animal and birdlife in their natural environments. There’s also plenty of useful information on improving your catch, and a host of interesting fishing partners.
Arnhem Land is the largest Aboriginal reserve in Australia. It starts at the border of Kakadu National Park in the Top End of the Northern Territory. In this episode, Alex fishes with friends in the Liverpool River near Maningrida and the sandy mangrove creeks along the coast. The main target is Australia’s premier sportfish, the barramundi, but there are other tropical species on the bite as well. The scenery is often breathtaking and the action is at a heady pace.
It’s one beautiful tropical reef fish after another as Alex heads way offshore from Darwin with the crew of Arafura Bluewater Charters. There are plenty of interesting characters in this show.
Muddy crocodiles, great birdlife and spectacular river scenery all unfold in this delightful episode filmed in the East Alligator and South Alligator Rivers in Kakadu National Park. There are some nice barra too.
With 45 km of navigable water, Corroboree Lagoon is the largest natural, landlocked waterway in northern Australia. Totally freshwater, its lotus-lily-strewn edges give way to panoramic floodplain vistas and sprawling paperbarks. The birdlife is amazing and the crocodiles aren’t shy. There are great tips on catching barra here too.
From the big tidal rivers of the Arnhem Land coast to islands and shoals of the Arafura Sea, Alex explains a variety of different techniques in action as one fish after another comes aboard. Once again, the tropical scenery is spellbinding.
Barramundi and mud crabs are on the menu this week. The barra are pure white, reflecting the oceanic habitat where they were caught: a golden rocky foreshore next to a white sandy beach. Alex and friends also go mud crabbing, with instructional footage on how to catch these delicious crustaceans.
It’s deep blue sea in this episode as Alex ventures way out of sight of land in the Timor Sea. Big red emperor, coral trout, Chinaman fish and offshore mangrove jack are all part of a spectacular night-fishing session.
In this exciting bluewater episode, Alex is joined by stunning Sydney sports model, Vanessa Fox, who definitely lights up the screen as she battles big trevally and a monster shark. It’s also a comedy of errors when a 1.5 metre snake scares everyone out of the boat. And there’s also coverage of the famous Barra Classic, filmed on location on the beautiful Daly River.
In this episode, the rugged and spectacular east Kimberley in Western Australia is shown in all its glory as Alex goes fishing by helicopter. The location is a beautiful floodplain lagoon where the barra explode all over the surface in their frantic efforts to grab the lures. We also fly over the station homestead film setting for the film Australia.
Down WA’s Ord River and into the Cambridge Gulf is a long way from civilisation, but that’s the setting for this episode which features stunning river scenery, monster crocs and great fishing. The river is in run-off mode after the wet season, and the barra are queuing up, but so too are double-arm span northern mulloway that take the barra lures with relish.
The Gold Coast’s Miss Indy, sports model Kate Hockley, is a self-confessed “mad-keen fisher girl”, and she certainly demonstrates her talents in front of the camera as she brawls with one barra after another. In this episode, the northern rivers are flowing strongly and the creek mouths offer plenty to catch.
In this episode, Alex goes out on the boats competing in the 20th anniversary Broome Billfish Classic in north Western Australia. Broome is the gateway to the Kimberley, a cosmopolitan town with a fascinating, colourful history.
Alex is back off Broome on the Indian Ocean, and he’s hooked up to both high-flying black marlin and greyhounding sailfish. In this episode, the sight fishing is spectacular as the billfish are spotted first cruising the surface before Alex hurls a bait at them.