Small wet shows big
  |  First Published: April 2012

We have had a very small wet season this year, and the benefits are showing.

There have been plenty of barramundi caught with most early bird tourists already having bag limits.

The Normanton option has been absolutely going off with big numbers of king salmon caught off the bridge at night. This is definitely a late session with most fish being caught on live bait in the very early morning. The weather is lovely and cool at night with the only drawback being the little black creatures.

Grunter have started to turn up early and are around 45-55cm with an odd one going over 60cm. Strip baits of mullet and squid are the go and you may be surprised by what else comes along. One lucky fisherman was fishing not far from the Point boat ramp using strip mullet for bream when his line started heading out to sea. He was able to give chase by throwing his anchor rope overboard. Some time later he landed a black jew over a metre long.

Lots golden snapper have been caught on the rubble patches out the front on the smaller tides in clean water for those able to venture out. We have been getting plenty of calm weather and, if this keeps happening, we are in the right place for some outstanding catches.

The Karumba Community Anglers Classic is on the 31 March and the 1 April, and not as previously stated. I apologise for the error and hope you do not blame the organising committee as they are great people who have done nothing wrong and run an awesome competition for the whole family.


Sweers Island is open for business and looking forward to another great year. Lyn, Tex, Lee and Mick are well rested from their holidays and are ready to welcome all our friends back to the island.

The barra are biting off the beach and all the delicious reef fish, having had a good chance to breed and fatten up over the wet season, are just waiting to jump onto your hook!

Mick will do his best to put you onto the hot spot in your own boat. Alternatively, you can go out on a half or full day charter with him in our slightly bigger charter boat, Salomon.

Lee and Lyn have been experimenting with new recipes to try out on new and returning guests. And are looking forward to cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

If you’re looking for the ideal fishing getaway, you can’t go past Sweers Island Resort in the Gulf of Carpentaria. If you’re planning on coming sometime between now and the end of July, book early as this is our busiest time of year. Phone 07 4748 5544 or go to www.sweers.com.au

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