Best all round fishing
  |  First Published: February 2014

In looking forward, there are plenty of possibilities for 2014. The Burrum River system has some of the best all-round fishing on the east coast. We are certain Burrum Heads will provide you with some great fishing tales while you catch up on some well-earned R&R.


Bait: live bait with an accompaniment of mullet strips, whiting frames, and squid will be the order of the day.

Species: coral trout, red emperor, grunter, snapper, tuna, grassy sweetlip, mackerel, golden trevally (for sport), hussar, nannygai, cobia, parrot/tusk fish, cod, just to name a few.

Tides: early mornings just before sun-up historically have been great on the incoming tide along with the turn for the start of the run-out.

River Action

Bait: live bait herring, poddy mullet, and yabbies remain the staples with an accompaniment of mullet and squid strips should be the order of the day.

Species: bream (yellow, black, tarwhine), whiting (summer/winter), flathead (dusky and sandy), grunter (spotted and barred), mulloway, mangrove jack, sickle and batfish, golden trevally, just to name a few.

Tides: the incoming tide along with the turn for the start of the run-out, late afternoons/early evenings are quite productive.

Locals love a chat so ask for some local knowledge. Local Burrum traders are well supplied with bait, tackle and all the fishing essentials to help all members of the family to have a great time.


I have been offered employment in Katherine, which has not been forthcoming here in our patch of Qld. So, over a few coldies we have made the decision to undertake a new chapter in our life. As such I would like to express my thanks to my (long suffering) partner Amanda Willoby and QFM editor Stephen Booth for their support that has made the stories possible.

I would like to thank Ron Henderson, John JB Brown, Luke Nolan, Eric Davey, the Burrum Heads Amateur Fishing Club, and the many great fishos I have come to know and love for the laughs, the pics, and the wonderful memories of our fishing trips – and boy don’t we have some tall tales to tell!

A big thank you to all who have contributed to the stories and pics as it has been my honour to have made my small contribution to the Fishing Monthly Group. I hope you have a wonderful 2014. Be safe and take care, goodbye fishos!

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