Heating up a Storm
  |  First Published: November 2009

November weather didn’t disappoint with strong winds prevailing for most of the month.

We had some people from Mount Isa fish at the point near the hut and catch some big black jew, king salmon and blue salmon. The best part was when they thanked me for the advice I supplied in QFM. It is good to get positive feedback once in a while.

Sweers Island had a new manager for two weeks in November and whilst the resort is now closed until next year the fishing continued to be awesome. I put in many hours doing fish stock research there to make sure there would remain many fish in the water, and boy did the place go off! There were plenty of 50-55cm fingermark caught and released, with the best being a 83cm fingermark that took a Strike Pro Reaction bait whilst being drifted in the current. Black jew up to 1.12me were also caught and released with monotonous regularity and various other species got the same treatment.

Things can get hot and sticky on the water in December, as we now experience some big tides up to 4.8m and humidity over 90%. Always make sure you have some shade and plenty of water if out fishing.

The Norman River Bridge at Normanton has not fished well recently but things should improve as clouds start to build for the wet season.

Land-based fishing from the beach in front of the airport at the top of the tide is a good place to be as the fish follow the bait up into the shallows on the incoming tide. For those with a boat, venture out wide to the rubble patches to chase the fingermark that should now be around, but remember that storms can form and make it rough in a short time so always keep one eye on the weather as you fish.

December is the start of our cyclone season so check in with the locals on what procedures need to be followed if one shows up. Our local Police Sgt Garry Sweeney is the man in charge and very approachable so feel free to rock up to him and his offsider Snr Cons Jim Richards for safety information, especially if you expect to spend some time up here.

We also have an amazing array of birdlife up here that turn up for the wet. The monsoon centre is up and running at Normanton and the Christmas party atmosphere around town makes Karumba a glamour place to visit in December.

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