Darwin Bound

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While you are reading your daily lureandfly.com blog I will be boarding a plane today heading for Darwin.  I know, I know, poor me.  Hot weather, hanging with friends and many fish species to choose from is going to be hard to take.  Although this trips is not all for pleasure.

The first leg of the trip is to cover this years “SWB” – Secret Women’s Business Barra Competition.  Held at Corroboree Billabong it is an all ladies fishing competition to catch and release barramundi, saratoga and tarpon.  With a total of 38 fully female skippered teams registered this year it is guaranteed to be a huge success.  Driven by a female committee who have worked tiresly in achieving some great sponsors, this year they are also taking part in a tagging program to monitor the Barramundi.  Apart from the fishing they will also have prizes for best dressed, an iron woman challenge and competition bags supplied to all competitors.  Once again the Corroboree Tavern have come on board to host the event providing accommodation so that everyone gets to stay in one central location and provide fantastic food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I am sure all the ladies are going to have a blast no matter what the fishing is like.

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I cant wait to catch up with friends and few of the ladies I have met over the last two years I have fished the SWB.  I am sure there will be some great fishing tales to have a beverage or two over.

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On another note I am also going to get some personal days fishing with some friends.  I am travelling light and only taking two rods.  In previous trips I have been stuck at airports trying to get rod tubes through on oversized baggage being threatened time and time again of the rod tube not being allowed. I am not taking any chances this time.  I am taking some travel rods that I can take on to the carry on luggage with me.

The two rods of choice are the 4 piece New Era 8/9 wt fly rod matched with the NE8 reel.   The great thing with the New Era reel is because they take interchangeable cartridges I can take three spools with me, one with floating line, intermediate and sinking.  The other rod I am taking is a 3-piece Daiwa Black Generation baitcaster, named Bullup, which is a 4-7kg rod suited to throw between 7-21 grams of weight.  I will be matching this with the T3 Ballistic baitcaster reel.

I am looking forward to travelling lightly and will be packing a few flies, hard bodies and plastics to take.  I hope I can test these rods out on a couple of fish and give some feedback on how it all goes.

This will be lightest I have ever travelled.  I am a bit nervous but as the saying goes  “Less is more”!

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