Burrum: the great all-rounder!
  |  First Published: June 2013

The Burrum River and surrounds is really producing the goods offshore and throughout the river system. The prawns are on the run again around Woodgate, mud crabs on the march and the fishing just keeps improving each month.

River Action

With good quality live bait, such as herring and yabbies, there has been plenty to keep the interest high.

Good mate Ron Henderson was having a difficult day and was looking to up anchor, and whack! Rod went off and nailed a great queenie, which turned the mood and the day around. Shortly after, he nailed a cracker 30cm bream, and yours truly landed a ripper 41cm bream.

Flathead, bream, queenfish, grunter, stripped dory, leatherjacket, mangrove jack, and sickle fish have been some of the highlights over the last month. As well as the quality muddies which have been filling dinner plates.

TIP: The slack waters at the top and bottom of tides have been most productive in early mornings and late evenings. This time of year take something warmth and organise the thermos.


What a treat! Finally after watching the weather and timing the run home from work, magic finally happened. We hit the high seas around midday and headed for the southern gutters.

Good mate JB had us on some cracker spots with our target grassy sweetlip. It was trigger fish galore, which gave our arms a warm up and I nailed my first ever coral trout. It was a ripper at 6.5kg; 86cm of joy on a size 8 running ball sinker 40lb braid with 80lb leader on a 15kg Uglystick using live bait we jigged up on the run-out.

JB found the grassy sweetlips and between us we landed some great hussar, stripies, goldies, spangled emperor, and the surprise hook up was a 58cm snapper by yours truly. We anticipate the snapper run will be in another month so this was an encouraging sign as we lead into the cooler months.

TIP: Mullet fillets and livies were the order of the day and size 8-12 heavy sinkers to get into the 30m of water on the running tide.

The Fishing Ahead

The cooler months approaching will produce great offshore and river action with local traders being well supplied with bait, tackle and all the fishing essentials to help all members of the family to have a great time.

With some of the best all-round fishing on the east coast right here at Burrum Heads we are certain Burrum Heads will provide you with some great fishing tales while you catch up on some well-earned R&R. And with winter approaching watch the winter whiting, they will certainly entertain.

TIP: Whiting frames make for great bait on your offshore adventures.

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