Welcome in the whiting
  |  First Published: November 2013

The Burrum River has been producing well recently. Whiting up to 44cm, 500g, have been caught with the average size coming in around 38cm. Locals and visitors have been getting numbers around 30 on the incoming tides at day break in up to 3m of water.

Bloodworms have been the pick of the baits for whiting and grunter. The humble yabby bait is maintaining form on the whiting, with bream ranging from 36-42cm and flathead upwards of 48cm also taking a real shine to the tasty critters.

The live bait scene has been very good with cast nets pulling herring and mullet in good supply along with good ‘hook sized’ prawns.

TIP: Pump yabbies on the rising tide, they move closer to the surface for the cleaner water. It’s less pumping and saves your back for landing the big one!


Recently there have been limited windows of opportunity with very strong winds from the north making life difficult for a fishing adventure. Good mate JB had one such window and hit the 8 Mile Reef and landed a corking tuna.

Despite the winds there have been opportunities to head around North Point and get amongst the prawns with most reporting good size and volume reaching bag limits very quickly.

While the mud crabs have slowed down, the offshore sand crabs have been getting a bit of attention.

The Fishing Ahead

The warmer months will now see mangrove jack in the river come to life, along with grunter. With the Burrum River very clean at the moment the waters are clear so look for the early morning or late afternoon/evening and hunt around the mangrove banks and structures for best results.

Offshore we are eagerly awaiting the mackerel run, which should also see cobia join the party.

With some of the best all-round fishing on the east coast right here at Burrum Heads we are certain it will provide you with some great fishing tales while you catch up on some well-earned R&R. Local traders are well supplied with bait, tackle and all the fishing essentials to help all members of the family to have a great time.

TIP: Locals love a chat so ask for some local knowledge and hints.

Fishing Adventures

I would like to extend my apologies for missing the October edition. Having turned 40 in September I had a calling to ‘go west’ so I took the family into the Northern Territory for 5 weeks and we had an amazing experience.

While we were in Katherine we entered the kids into a small local fishing comp and we had an absolute ball fishing the structures along the Katherine River for barra, catfish and what they call black bream (very different from what we know as black bream).

Then we shot off to the Daly River where even Amanda (my better half) hit the banks for barra, we were ably supported with local knowledge from wonderful new friends of the Nauiyu community.

One of the interesting live baits through the NT is what is known as Cherrypin; it looks like a cross between a prawn and red claw. Barra absolutely smash these and I got busted up so many times. The man that owns the tackle shop/shed is a real character and worth stopping in for a look.

TIP: Go better prepared, I’ll know for next time!

We had an awesome family experience that will talk about for a long time.

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