Fishing further north has been outstanding, with plenty of big barra on offer on live baits and lures
During a five day extended trip, one intrepid group of anglers from Brisbane managed over 30 barra tagged and released, with one angler catching a 133cm fish and another catching three fish over a metre, at 122cms, 106cms and 101cms. Both anglers had never even caught a barra before the trip. Spoilt for life!
With the bigger tides pushing in over the next week the fishing for the barra will slow but flats fishing for blue salmon should improve.”
and this from the year before:
“The fishing has really shifted up a gear at Karumba, over the last week, with plenty of barra in the river and the pelagics turning up out the front.
The beach at Karumba Point is a popular and, at the moment, very successful spot for a bit of barra fishing. Live baits, fished at the bottom of the tide, have been bringing in at least 3-4 barra a morning, off the beach. Although there are a few man hours going in, with plenty of people fishing for them, it still isn’t a bad way to start of the day.
Trolling deep diving lures has also produced a few fish along the deeper channel edges. Lures such as the deep diving Scorpions and Mann’s Stretch 20+, have been successful.
Out the front, the queenfish have arrived and have taken up residence at the Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park and surrounds. Plenty have been taken on live baits but there are a few out there taking them on lures and fly and having fun in the process. Some smaller GT’s are mixed up with them and also some of the Volkswagen bonnet models, just for a bit of spice.
The grunters have yet to make an appearance but this only seems to worry those who are on holidays to ‘break even ‘ by catching their bag limit.”
What to do!
Situated in the historic Normanton Railway Station, we carry a large range of Railway and Gulf related T-shirts, postcards, magnets and other souvenirs. Open 7 days a week during the tourist season. Extensive local knowledge available.
The fishing experience on a Karumba fishing charter is one not be missed. Because of the favourable climate conditions, fish numbers thrive in the gulf region and many different species are available.
Barramundi Discovery Centre
A must see in Karumba, the only hatchery that breeds the Southern Gulf strain of Barra. Fully guided tours Monday through to Saturday give you the chance to feed broodstock up to 25kg. Unique range of souvenirs made from barra skin, sea snake, parrot fish and even toad!
Mud Crabs Direct is run by Mark and Julianne Grunske out of of Karumba in the Gulf country of far North Queensland.
Karumba is 70 km by road from Normanton and 2100 km from Brisbane. The settlement was previously known as Norman Mouth and Kimberely. Karumba was used by the local aborigines to describe the place. This name was officially used for the township by the 1880s.
Mark and Julianne hail from Maryborough where they had an office equipment business during their early married life. Chasing a change in lifestyle, they sold out and went commercial fishing. They fished the Burdekin region for crabs for around 6 years, then moved moved to Karumba in 2002.
If you’d like to experience an exciting adventure, or just kick back and enjoy a relaxing and peaceful tour on board Our wildlife adventures include Bird watching unforgettable Gulf sunsets and croc spotting cruises over the Gulf of carpentaria. Get hooked on one of these fish! barramundi – grunter – salmon – jew – shark – bream – mackerel – queenies – fingermark
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Postal Address: Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park, PO Box 61 Karumba Queensland 4891
Tel: (07) 4745 9277
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