Great Fishing Despite Barra Season Closure.
  |  First Published: November 2012

Large tides flushed the systems out and made the past month extremely good for fishing; unfortunately, the barra closed season starts on 1 November. However, there are still plenty more species to target for anglers this month.

Fitzroy and the Narrows

The Narrows have provided lots of success for a variety of species. The 60-70mm shallow divers worked slowly from the edge are picking up the most fish. Plastic vibes have also accounted for a few and should be cast right into the snags and worked slowly up and down to the boat.

It is by far more productive to fish on the smaller tides where there is less flow and current.

Rivers, Creeks, Beaches

Structure around the creeks and rivers are producing decent grunter, Moses perch and other common estuarine species. They can be caught by well-presented bait and lures.

If you’re after a spot to take the kids on a day off, Tannum Sands is a great place. It is not only a great place to fish, but it also has large parklands, playgrounds, picnic areas, and rest rooms. It’s the perfect place for a day out and a spot of fishing.

If using a boat or kayak looking for a patch of rocks or weed beds will prove effective, especially if it’s in area not many people can get to. Around these areas Gulp Crabs have been working effectively in catching many bread and butter species. Lightly rigged crab plastics should be cast out into the structure and slowly twitched along the bottom for best results. The lighter the jighead the better their action.

Freshly pumped yabbies and little mullet are still the go in the estuaries if you like using livies. Likewise, a bag of prawns won’t let you down if you’re just going for a little day trip.

Freshwater lagoons

The time that the sun comes into line with the water level at the Woolwash Lagoon, the tarpon and barra start smacking all the insects landing on the surface.

A head torch and a few lures in a back pack is ideal; surface walkers and poppers work the best while the fish are hitting the surface. A few pops from a popper and a short pause should provoke a hit from a tarpon or barra.


If you’re out baiting in the rivers and creeks you may pull up a catfish or two. Nobody really likes these local pests so instead of throwing them back, cut the spines off and put them in a bag, catfish makes one of the best crab baits around.

Fish light, get the bite!

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