Sweep up at Sweers
  |  First Published: June 2013

The event in May was amazing as our annual Karumba Community Anglers Classic fishing competition was held and many people came out winners.

I would like to thank Robert Erskine and Esrkines Tackleworld for their support and Rob especially for really throwing himself into his work. XXXX Gold and the Karumba Lodge Hotel were also amazing and did a great job.

Adult barramundi winner Peter Sloan was in fine form with a 94cm fish, which outweighed longer fish from other competitors. The tagged barramundi did not get caught so it is worth $8,000 next year. Mitchell Thinee from Mount Isa took out the junior barramundi award with a 93cm fish.

There were over $20,000 in prize giveaways and a good time was had by all. We had 203 fish weighed in and 53 mud crabs caught for the weekend.

The weather has been kind and we went to Sweers Island to do some fish stock research. My crew included Glen Grams, Aaron Goodchild and Brian the trout specialist. Our first drop confirmed that Sweers Island is an awesome place to fish with heaps of golden snapper up to 81cm being caught and trout by our specialist. Nannygai up to 75cm and parrot up to 64cm made it a glamour trip.

This is time to go after the Spanish mackerel and the north western side of the sand island is a good place to start. You can either anchor up and create a berley trail or troll with poppers and shallow lures to get some action. Please stay at least 100m from anchored boats so you do not interfere with them.

Tuna will be on the go out wider so check them out if the wind does not blow. You will need a bigger boat and heavier gear as the longtail tuna will really motor when hooked. The birds working on the surface is the time to cast out your metal slug or soft plastic to hook up.

Sweers island

Things are definitely hotting up as the weather cools, very slowly, with some excellent catches coming in.

A number of our regulars have made their annual pilgrimage to our shores and come up trumps! The Prescott gang visited not long ago and had some fantastic days on the water bringing home some good size reds, golden snapper and sweetlip, along with the first serious catches of Spanish mackerel. Well done guys!

Gramsy and his crew returned for their second trip of the year and once again, brought home some great fish, including coral trout, which was cooked in the kitchen for dinner! Yum.

Bookings are coming in thick and fast after a false start with the early Easter, so if you’re planning on making the trip in the next month or two, book early to avoid disappointment.

See you then!

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