The Cup comes to Karumba.
  |  First Published: September 2013

We have had a very memorable August with plenty of fish caught and an awesome event held for the Cancer cuppa day in Karumba.

Last year we raised over $35, 000 and were the 5th biggest event in Australia and this year our Committee contacted the Victoria Racing Club to see if they could get the Emirates Melbourne Cup up here for the event. The effort was successful and The Cup was here for the big day. We were able to take it out for a sunset cruise and I was even able to hold it up. With the support of the Emirates Melbourne Cup we were able to raise the staggering amount of $47,221 on the day and for a little town of Karumba, which was awesome. The help and support of everybody was tremendous and I thank you all.

There are plenty of blue salmon about out the front and they will take most baits, so you should find it easy to catch them. Try out in the windsock channel and where the dirty water meets the clean going north on the bigger tides.

Do not forget to watch the tide, as it is a long way home if the tide falls stopping you from travelling back past the tavern. It can be a lot longer if you do not get out of the little creeks and become stuck as they go dry at the bottom of the tide. One visitor had this experience and I will endeavour to find out more for the next edition.

Winds have continued to blow so be patient and only head out the front on the good days. Spanish mackerel have been around in good numbers and people have been coming home with bag limits which is very rare for up here. If the water temperature does not get too hot we should still have them to catch in September. Look for them out the north-western side of the sand island and the friendly way is to anchor up and set up a berley trail. Another option is to travel out further looking for birds feeding and troll lures near them. Please watch the wind and head back if it starts to blow.

Mud crabs should be moving as the water warms, so bring some pots and you should get a feed. Spread them out a fair way to give yourself the best chance and the mouths of gutters and creeks are a good place to start.

Barramundi have been hard to catch all year due to us not having a wet season so you will have to work to catch them. Our local barramundi guide Gavin ‘Groover’ New has caught 30 over the magic metre for his clients so they are around if you put in some work.

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