High Hopes For Run-Off
  |  First Published: February 2012

We head into another barramundi season with high hopes that we will reproduce the fishing of the last three years. Our wet season is off to a late start and it will be a lot easier to find the fish if we do not get flooded before it begins.

The closure of the road between here and Normanton is a good time to fish the Jenny Lyn crossing, with soft plastics the best option. Please be careful of crocodiles as they have been known to sit there on occasion. Ron at the point service station stocks plenty of plastics so grab some and have a good time.

You can fly to Karumba in the flood time with Skytrans. I will supply the information when available.

The fishing at Sweers Island was awesome all last year with the odd quiet time.

We were able to get to Sweers after the season finished and do some fish stock research. If you thought it would be quiet after being fished all year you would be wrong. The reef fish turned up to play and kept us well nourished, and even the pelagics were in good numbers with one session on trevally absolutely awesome. These fish would take anything that hit the water from metal slugs to soft plastics and hardbodies of any colour or shape.

Mud crabs have been firing up and will continue to do so until it cools down. You can find them near the mouths of the systems and out along the front. Make sure you correctly label them and put them in enough water so they do not go dry at low tide. Most bait will work fine with catfish the normal choice.

We have two great fishing competitions up here and the first one will be at Normanton on the Easter long weekend. Please contact the Albion hotel on (07) 4745 1218 to get details. This event is for all the family so come along and have a good time.

Check with the Fisheries before coming as the size and bag limits have changed in the gulf for barramundi and other species. Also check with the Normanton Police on the road conditions to make sure you have a safe journey (07) 4745 1133.

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