would U take a tinnie across the Gulf Track?

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I am pondering the idea of taking a tinnie across the top from Cains to Darwin or not. I have a CT with a boat loader but have yet to put a tinnie on it, and thought this trip would warrant a tinnie or not. I will be travelling with only myself and my 14 year old son. I realize fishing off a slopped bank is a croc attack point, so i am looking for a steep bank to fish from. I also realize that fishing from a small tinnie is also a possible crock attack zone as it will follow the fish on your hook as you try to pull it in. But i also know that there are dozens of people with tinnies that just put their boats in and catch heaps of fish and dont even worry about crocs.
i would appreciate any foresights or past experiences you may have had.
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Reply By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 06:28

Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 06:28
Yes I would take a tinnie. Being attacked while in a tinnie is highly unlikely if you take suitable precautions like avoid cleaning fish over the side etc.
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Reply By: andoland - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 07:46

Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 07:46
There are not a lot of places across the gulf to put a tinny in. We travelled the Gulf Track several years ago and friends with us took a tinnie. the only places it went in the water were at King Ash Bay and Karumba where we camped for a few days. It was a LOT of effort and hassle to take along just for those two sessions and I'm sure they wouldn't do it again. They were slightly different though in that they were towing theirs on a trailer whereas you will be towing your camper anyway.

If you are planning on using it a fair bit once you reach Darwin then it may be worth it.

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Follow Up By: Ray - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 07:58

Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 07:58
I wouldn't bother taking any "tinnies" with me just enough to get to Darwin where you can buy some decent beer and not beer marked XXXX
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Follow Up By: andoland - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 08:05

Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 08:05
He he, some would say taking that kind of tinnie is much more important!
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Reply By: Member - Noel K (NT) - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 08:01

Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 08:01
Morning John,
Take it by all means, needs to be at least twelve foot though. Heaps of places to fish, ocean, rivers especially the Roper River. You and your son will have a ball. My theory is "you are better off looking at it than for it" so don't leave it home.

Noel K.
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 14:45

Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 14:45
Hi John,

I have seen many photos of blokes standing in or on their "barra boats" in the waterways of NT and the Kimberly's and wondered what the difference is to a hungry croc. Why being in a tinnie, even a 12 or so foot one looks less appetising to the big lizards than standing on the bank.

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Reply By: Been-Everywhereman - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 16:27

Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 16:27
If you value your lives dont use a 12 footer in NT.
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Reply By: Bigfish - Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 18:39

Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 18:39
Flew over Arhem bay and down Blue Mud bay in the chopper today. Pretty standard top end bush/water. Counted at least a dozen crocs without really lookin for them. 14 foot should be the minimum allowed on territory waters and I dare say Qld top end waters as well. Had a local chap taken 3 days ago from the edge of the ocean. Have had several reports also lately of lizards attacking boats. Have had a twelve footer whack the side of a boat. Twleve foot is just too small. Anyone who doesnot consider the croc into their fishing expeditions is an idiot. Many southeners are ignorant and many northeners are way too casual. Because of the high number of boats on the waters now the smaller lizards are getting cheecky and swimming right up to the boat. Would you feel safe knowing that there is possibly a lizaed longer than your boat eyeing you as a potential meal?. 12 foot tinnie for freshwater billabongs and inland rivers only(croc free naturally).
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Reply By: Member - Desert Storm (QLD) - Friday, May 13, 2011 at 20:07

Friday, May 13, 2011 at 20:07
hey thanks to all for your comments. Just have to hope that the roads will be open across the gulf now! Hells gate to NT border is still closed....

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