Due to what seemed like a never-ending wet season we will now be in for another awesome year with plenty of barra flushed out of the fresh water lagoons into the salt water rivers.
Major damage was caused to the highway between Normanton and Karumba this year and hopefully it will be repaired as good as new. Do not forget to check out the old bridge over the Norman River at Normanton on the way through as this spot should fire after dark as the lights come on. The bridge has signs showing where the boat lane is so please do not fish there. Using live bait or prawns with no sinker is a good option on the down side of the bridge after the lights have been on for at least two hours.
The rubble patches out the front should hold some decent golden snapper and grunter for those with bigger boats. Please keep an eye on the weather conditions as it is a long way home if the wind blows.
The famous grunter hole will also fire, as well as the north west side of the sand island, for blue salmon, queenies and grunter. Trolling poppers is a great way to find the queenies and the entertainment will surprise most people.
We have another great event planned for the 16-17 April with over $20,000 in prizes up for grabs. There will be plenty of prizes for kids so bring the whole family along for an awesome time. The categories are for heaviest barramundi, king salmon, blue salmon, black jew, Spanish mackerel and bream for both adults and kids.
Rob Erskine from Erskine's Tackleworld will be there so take the opportunity to talk to him for tips on where to go and how to catch the different species. For more information phone (07) 4051 6099.
The big wet has really affected fishing over on Sweers Island! February has always been one of our wettest months and this year has been no exception with well over 300mm falling during the month.
As usual, the fresh water has flushed the rivers out and brought on the fishing. Catches of barramundi, coral trout, salmon, jew and sweetlip are plentiful.
The best bait for the barra is a popper or soft plastic. They are also partial to a shallow diving lure.
The high tides mean you can walk down to the beach and cast off the rocks, or take a boat out and cast back towards shore.
Make the most of this month before the weather starts to cool down and the barra drop off, although next month will see the Spanish mackerel make a bit of an entry. There is never a dull moment at Sweers!Reads: 1256