Anglers are excited after listening to the news about Karumba
What a great time to be in Karumba.
The area has finally had a full wet season, best time in ten years, and as this continues the fishing is going to be awesome; however, many people have already caught big ones in Karumba.
March has seen the barra spread out across Karumba like a flood and it is easy to find. Prawns working their way out the river systems have allowed everyone up here to stock up on bait and have some great prawn BBQs along with Big Barramundi. We have plenty of barra, fingermark, barramundi, king salmon and grunter to target in April.
Barramundi can be caught up here with lures (when the water goes clear) and live bait. The choice of colour and type of lure always creates discussion but any colour as long as its gold will work. The Halco Scorpions, Classics, Barra Baits and my favourite the Taylor Made King Predator all work. Make sure you have the lure touching the bottom and give it some further action by twitching the rod tip.
Using live bait can bring good results if you place it near the mangroves at the mouth of the river. Fingermark can be caught near the channel markers and further out on the rubble patches. A good bait to use is fresh prawns. These needs to be placed right beside the channel markers with a heavy drag to help you keep them away from going around the poles and cutting you off. Big grunter should turn up on the sand flats in front of the airport and squid is a good bait to use.
Magic Meter Barramundi
With a full wet up here the big barramundi is a viable from early February. The holy grail for a barra fisher is the meter plus specimen and most people go their whole lives without catching one this big. Some very big names in the industry always sneak up here to target these monsters including Rob Erskine, Haydon Bell and Jenny Mondora (her other half comes too). Karumba is the place to go for this opportunity.
Trolling around the mouths and on the flats in front of the systems when the water clears is the way to go and this happens on the smaller tides. Keep your speed as slow as you can and get your lure to work. You need to target the outside on the bends in the water until you find some submerged snags to work over.
Always troll both ways and make sure your lure bumps into the snag and hang on – this is when all hell could break loose. Once you hook up you need to head the boat out to deeper water to try and coax the fish away from trouble. A big fish will usually stay down and take some large amounts of line off you so be patient and always back the drag off (not on) when you get the fish near the boat. Please handle the fish with care for your photos, never putting your arm under the belly of the fish and never hold the fish up by its gills as this will kill the fish. Always let the fish go so that she can breed up some more for you to catch.
Your tackle needs to be good quality, as you don’t want to lose the fish of a lifetime. The rod needs to have a soft tip and plenty of grunt to help control these large fish; my favourite is the G Loomis Crankbait 756. The reel needs to hold at least 100m of 30lb braid and the Daiwa Millionaire CVZ 253 or equivalent is the go . I always use a 2m length of wind-on leader that has 55lb Schneider mono leader attached to the 30lb braid by a bimini twist. You can tie your lures on with a loop knot or use a speed clip or snap. Don’t be afraid to try lures from different makers because sometimes you can discover one that works. Taylor Made make a King Predator in gold and sunset colours that can be awesome on these large fish.
April 7th, 8th and 9th are the dates this year for the Karumba Community Anglers Classic and it is looking to be even better then last year. There are huge amount of prizes from organizers. You just need to be there on Sunday night after nominating to win.
Something to be aware of is if you take all the livebait and freeze it then there will be no bait alive to help you catch those awesome barra.
The mainland rivers flush fresh water out to sea, sometimes carrying a layer of fresh few miles out to the Karumba. This might explain the barramundi that are often caught at this time of year.
Saltwater barra is a treat to eat and a delight to catch, leaping in the air and putting on probably the best display you are likely to see as a great fish. The best time is on high tide. If you’ve been out in the boat fishing, you can pull up some good big ones barra on the way. Favoured lures include poppers, soft plastics and shallow diving minnows.
The tides are still running pretty big at this time of year, so you’ll have to pick your times for fishing the 20m deep jew hole – there really is no point in loading up with so many sinkers to get your bait through the current to the bottom that you can’t ‘feel’ when a fish decides to have a bite!
Remember there is only one tide a day in the Gulf, and that’s a lot of water to have to pour in and out of what is a pretty shallow container!
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