People Say If You Can’t Fish in Karumba Then Probably No Where You Can
Fishing in Karumba is nothing short of fantastic. You can choose to target estuary species in the Norman River or head offshore for larger pelagics. It takes some time to wire the place as there is only one tide a day. Target species include, Barramundi, blue salmon, grunter, Spanish mackerel, queenfish, and cobia. You really need to consult the tide chart to do well here and throw out any preconceived notions about where you’d normally expect to catch these fish.
The Town Boat ramp.
Karumba has two excellent boat ramps; one at the point and one in town. The town ramp is the most protected and also features a floating pontoon. Both ramps are multi-lane and there is adequate parking.
The ‘Big Barra’ at Normanton.
For my first trip, I launched at the Point ramp and headed upstream in the Norman River. I was fishing with Brisbane friend and fellow traveller expert and we both had never fished here before. We headed up past the powerlines which is about 12 kilometres upstream. We tried for a barra before anchoring out the front of a creek and fishing pilchards on the bottom. We proceeded to catch catfish and some small grunter before I managed to land a reasonable sized Barramundi and Jewel fish. We didn’t tried spots before heading back to fish under a derelict jetty. This provided shade for us and shelter for the fish. We then proceeded to catch about five different species of fish; Barra, cod, grunter, threadfin salmon, steelbacks and more catfish. We had constant action for about 2 hours and ended up catching about 30 fish. We used cubes of pilchard for bait and a size 2/0 hook.
We caught 2 big barramundi in less than 10 minutes which motivated us to move on and try our luck on other fish. We didn’t loose the opportunity to try some hands on other species. Here is a short story about our success.
Steelback salmon (Skippy’s to the locals due to their habit of leaping about.)
The next Karumba trip was offshore. One expert took me out in his 4.5m Bluefin to a spot called the ‘Drop-Off’. This location is about 2-3 nautical miles offshore and is where a large sand bar drops from 1 m of water into 3m. We caught 2 big salmon. I must say it was a big day for us but mostly anglers who visit karumba say if you can’t catch fish in Karumba then you probably can’t do it anywhere else.
Plenty of salmon catfish in the Norman River!
We chose to burley up with pilchards and float ganged pilchards out the back of the boat under a balloon. After about 5 minutes we had our first doggie mackerel in the boat and quickly followed this up with 3 more. I noticed a dark shape following one of the doggie mackerel to the boat and a cobia of around 20kg materialised. It ate the mackerel, hooked itself and powered off. After a 5 minute fight, the wire broke and the fish won its freedom. expert then had a run on his gar and another lengthy fight ensued with a similar sized cobia escaping after the hooks pulled.
Some of the school macks taken at the ‘dropoff’.
What happened next was amazing. I hooked up to a horse of a queenfish which went for a long run featuring some spectacular jumps. I noticed a large triangular fin near the queenie and told expert that the fight was about to end. However, the queenfish powered off and after about another five minutes, we caught 2 queenfish.
This all happened in the space of 1 hour over a flat, feature, greenery. There was no sign of bait and there were Pelican birds.
Expert and a small Threadfin (King) Salmon.
Finally, We tried our luck for salmon and grunter in the shipping channel near the sand island. I had been told to look for dirty water as the salmon muddied the bottom as they chased prawns. We found ourselves lucky and got many patches of dirty water with out wasting much time we caught 3 big grunters and a nice blue salmon.
All in all, if you like to chase tropical fish, then Karumba is one of the best places to do it. Even when the Trade Winds are blowing, you can find a lee shore to wet a line.
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