Never too much fishing
  |  First Published: December 2013

The Burrum River has been the main staging area for many of our adventures lately with the persistent strong northerly winds frustrating anglers who want to get offshore.


Live bait and the incoming tide has been the order of the day offshore.

We’ve had no luck using wire leaders, some good mates took their chances with mono leader that resulted in a number of bust ups but Ron nailed a good Spanish mackerel in the end.

The boys aboard Dreamtime got into some goldies and reds to top off what was a rare offshore fun-filled day.

River Action

With the famed whiting slowing down for a bit, it has been a good opportunity to get amongst some of the good diversity the Burrum River system has to offer.

King threadfin salmon have been providing some great action, along with grunter around the 55cm mark and golden trevally between 70-80cm. Mulloway have been under legal but sitting in the high 60cm range.

Barra have been keeping many of us local Fishos entertained, with my first legal in the Burrum coming in at 64cm+.

TIP: Mulloway don’t like being out of the water too long. If undersized, take a quick pic and get straight back into the water.

Again it has been the live baits, such as herring and yabbies, in good size and numbers that have produced the goods, along with the trusty mullet strip.

Both incoming and outgoing tides have been productive on daybreak. In the evening, banks and structure are the target areas, as the clear waters have kept many fish hiding for cover; deep holes and gutters have also produced on the running tides.

TIP: Barra have been in good numbers, but it is now closed season from 1 November through to 1 February so remember, do not take from the water.

The Fishing Ahead

The warmer months now will see mangrove jack and grunter in the river come to life. Offshore we are eagerly awaiting the mackerel run, which should see cobia join the party. 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.

Reports have been circulating that golden snapper have been caught in good numbers around the 55-60cm range.

Oversized flathead and good solid legal flathead are in good numbers and will give us some quality sport on the light gear.

With some of the best all-round fishing on the east coast right here at Burrum Heads. 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.

Toogoom Fishing event

Our neighbouring community Toogoom has turned on yet another great event. Blessed with some great weather, 600 family anglers hit the waterways and enjoyed a wonderful weekend of fishing hosted by the Toogoom Amateur Fishing Club.

All target species of fish were weighed-in, both in live and dead categories.

Husband and wife team from the Burrum Heads Amateur Fishing, Peter and Ange Gamel, had a great weekend with Peter taking the prize for his 60cm grunter and Ange taking the prize for her 42cm bream – nice work guys!

I also got into some of the action with a healthy golden trevally from the Burrum River on mullet strip bait, 12lb mono, 20lb leader using a running ball rig on the outgoing tide. The 50 minute fight was worth the effort as this ensured a runner up prize.

A big thanks to the Toogoom Amateur Fishing Club and we look forward to next year.

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