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Barra Close after Stonker Season
  |  First Published: October 2010



We have had an awesome year for catching barramundi with plenty caught in September in the river trolling hardbodied lures on the bend above the Six Mile Creek.

However please remember that the barramundi season is now closed and are not permitted to keep or actively target them. The barra need to be left alone to breed so that we can continue to have many more to chase.

The winds have continued to blow with stronger than average gusts of 30 knots causing hassles for those travelling north to fish different systems. These winds will continue for October so take care if travelling out the front to the rubble patches.

The warm weather brings the big grunter out to play and the best way to locate these fish is to talk to the locals about where to go. I can safely say you will need to look out the front.

The blue salmon are still around in good numbers and can be found north of the Sand Island in the dirty water near the clean change. I like to use a running sinker to a swivel and connect the hook with 18” of 60lb mono leader.

Mud crabs are a viable option at this time of year by placing pots on the inside bank near mangroves. Make sure you place the pots in enough water so they do not become dry at low tide: it is an offence to kill crabs like this. Expect to see plenty of catfish in the pots as an added bonus.

Karumba Katch seafood festival

This year's event is on the 16-17 October and will be an awesome experience for those able to get here. Last year was a great success and the food will again be a standout with Raptis and Son suppling fresh seafood for the occasion.

This is a great event to see the professional fishers give demonstrations of how to fillet fish and tie mud crabs. There will be entertainment for everyone and even a flotilla parade on the Saturday.

Contact Kyra Hill on 07 4745 9359 for further information. Proceeds go to the Barramundi Discovery Centre to help restock fingerlings into our local river systems.

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