Some waters achieve almost iconic status in the fishing world due to publicity they receive following successful visits by people in the fishing media. One of these waters is Andranagoo Creek, more commonly called Goose Creek, about an hour’s boat ride west of Milikapiti.
After about 45 mins motoring along the coast, guide Chris Chilton slowed the boat and began sounding an area known as ‘Goose Creek Bommie’. He said we were over a small reef system that can produce a variety of fish ranging from black jew to trevally.
I was fishing with Steve Threlfall, a tackle shop proprietor all the way from Shepparton in Victoria. Fish showed on the sounder as arches, and there were enough arches for us to tie on large soft plastic lures and start jigging. A few small reef fish were followed by golden trevally. As the first trevally was brought to the boat, Steve dropped his lure down to another accompanying it, and immediately hooked up. After this, the action slowed so we moved into Goose Creek.
A few hundred metres inside Goose Creek, a water-buffalo was standing in a creek on our right. They are normally flighty and getting close enough for a photograph is difficult, but not this time. When the buffalo did finally move it struggled to get out of the water, revealing a broken right foreleg. It was a death sentence. Chris said he would inform the local ranger who would put the animal out of its misery, ‘if the crocs don’t get it first’.
Our run upstream was a stop- start affair as Chris constantly put the boat into a new position and we cast lures to snags along the bank. Goose Creek is famous both for its saratoga and barramundi. Our intention was to go up the creek as far as we could in search of toga. As we slowly worked upstream, the salt marsh and mangroves gave way to lily pads and reeds. It was easy to see why this water is regarded as one of NT’s most picturesque waterways. In one stretch, there was a strong smell where a huge colony of flying-foxes was roosting.
The scenery was magnificent, but Chris said the water level was still too high for saratoga. We caught 37 barramundi in the day, but that was described as a ‘slow’ day, leaving me wondering what a fast day would be like.