It’s grunter time
  |  First Published: June 2015

Our lack of a Wet season has seen the winter grunter turn up and many people have caught some over the 50cm mark. We have had some awesome weather up here and the lack of wind has allowed everyone to get out the front and fish without the associated dramas that go with the breeze.

The new pontoons should now be in and this will make unloading and loading boats in town a lot easier. The point boat ramp is hard to use when the nor’ west winds blow in the afternoon, so please think about using the town ramps instead. You are not allowed to stand on the ramp holding a boat while your offsider takes the car and parks it, so please move away to the side. This can become difficult, as the sides of the point boat ramp are quite steep, so remember you have the option of loading and unloading in town where there are 5 ramps and a pontoon. The portable trailers that people bring up are capable of towing your boat to town if you go slowly, so please help other people by not blocking the ramps.

Barramundi have turned up and are there for those willing to work for them. Some otherwise great spots in the river are not holding fish, but some single snags in out-of-the-way places have seen big fish over 1m long caught. The secret is to have an awesome sounder with side scan that will allow you to see where they are holding. This will save you thousands of casts and kilometres of trolling and get you hooked up without the extra work.

We have some good guides up here and if you want to know how to catch a barramundi, then speak to Groover on (0408) 796 705 and he will help you out. Going on a charter is not cheap, but the information and techniques you learn will help you for years to come.

Flicking the new gold Prawnstars in natural colour will get the job done when you find fish holding, but the moves are important and Groover has them.

Blue salmon should now be out the front along the mangroves, and while live baits work, the old piece of mullet or squid should do the job as well. I have been able to get to Sweers Island and the fishing there was awesome. We caught all sorts of reef fish and golden snapper, and the food cooked by our hosts was magnificent.

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