Good Fishing Places

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I am heading off for a three month trip starting in June . I am starting from Mount Gambier and intend to travel via Alice Springs, Katherine, Kununurra, the Gibb River Road and across to Broome. I will return via Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek down the Tanami Road to Alice Springs, across to Birdsville and down to Innamincka for whatever time I have left.

I know the Innamincka fishing/yabby spots pretty well because I have spent a few weeks there for the past five years and I fish every day.

I want to have a good look around the Kimberleys but I would like to camp somewhere for a few days at a time and fish, hopefully without being eaten by a crocodile. I tent /swag it so I don't take a caravan or camper trailer so I can get to most places.

Any fishing spots or tips will be appreciated.

Cheers,
Bob
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 21:11

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 21:11
Taking a boat?

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Peter
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Follow Up By: Member - Robert R1 (SA) - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 21:37

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 21:37
Forgot to mention that Peter. No I won't be taking a boat.

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Bob
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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 21:48

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 21:48
During the run off - Roper Bar for Barra. Heaps of brim and some barra in rivers around Katherine. Best fishing in the wet.

Good fishing at Derby - catch Barra in the cuttings.

Dampier peninsula (North of Broome) - too many spots to mention. Plenty of information on this site about places to go.



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Follow Up By: Member - Robert R1 (SA) - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 08:10

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 08:10
Thanks for the reply. I would like to have gone up a bit earlier but I couldn't get off work until June. I intend to have a good look around this trip with some fishing thrown in. Hopefully next year I will be able to make it a fishing trip.

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Bob
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 22:23

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 22:23
What he said........
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Walcott Inlet, Barra (crocs are scary though. Getting bait is hard. Need a throw net)
Cape Dommet, north of Kununurra, tidal creek, rocks.
Lower Ord, Barra (nice camp spots too, both sides).

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Follow Up By: Member - Robert R1 (SA) - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 08:24

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 08:24
Thanks Peter. Now I have got some place names I can do a bit of research on them and add them to my itinerary. My trip will probably end up like the one I started six years ago. I had planned to travel around outback NSW and QLD and decided to go through Innamincka. I threw a line in the Cooper and the fishing was so good I stayed there for most of my holiday. I have been going back there every year since.

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Bob
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Reply By: Scott C (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 22:47

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 22:47
Hi Bob

Ord River - I cant remember exactly where we stopped but it was north of Kununurra above the barra camp. The fishing was fantastic. I had a boat and found drifting along weed bed at sun up the best bet. You just have to be quick to get them in before the sharks lighten the load. You do have to watch out for the lizards.

If you are going for 3 months and like fishing I highly recommend taking a boat.

Cheers Scott

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Follow Up By: Member - Robert R1 (SA) - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 07:58

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 07:58
I am not used to fishing where things want to eat you. I have got a dingy but it is only 3.8m long so it is probably smaller than the crocodiles and the sharks. I have thought of taking it but I suspect it might fall to bits on the roads up there. I might hire a boat for a day or two and I intend to go on a fishing charter.

Thanks,
Bob
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Reply By: D200Dug- Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 00:18

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 00:18
the thing to remember is crocodiles have a flap of skin at the back of their mouth that prevents water from getting into their lungs and drowning them. This is important because if you get taken by a croc remember it is better to push an arm or leg DOWN their throat than try to pull away from them.

If the flap is open they cannot submerge as they will drown quicker than you will.

Personally I would rent a boat ;-)
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Follow Up By: D200Dug- Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 00:28

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 00:28


not the flap at the back of the throat ;-)
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Follow Up By: D200Dug- Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 00:30

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 00:30
Ooops that should read NOTE the flap at the back of the throat!
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 07:46

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 07:46
glad we dont have those things down here
i'd break too many fishing rods reeling them in
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Follow Up By: Member - Robert R1 (SA) - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 07:20

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 07:20
I hope I never have to try that out. Is there a plan B.

Bob
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Reply By: Kroozer - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 01:01

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 01:01
Plenty of great shore based fishing spots around the Kimberley mate. If its barra you are after then the East Kimberley is your best bet. Fish the creeks and rivers around Wyndham. Though at that time of year its pretty hard to persuade the big fish to bite. If its mainly just the sport and not so much wanting a feed then there are plenty of great freshwater holes that hold nice size barra, catfish and Black Bream (sooty grunter). Though the barra will be quite muddy by June. Most places have some decent cherabun also. I can let you in on a heap of good places to try around Wyndham, Kununurra and Broome. Not just fro barra but for many species. Just let me know where you plan on staying and for how long and i'll point you in the right direction. June is a pretty good time for salmon fishing around Broome and down to 80 Mile beach.
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Follow Up By: Member - Robert R1 (SA) - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 07:43

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 07:43
Thanks for that Kroozer. I will contact you later when I have worked out a few more trip details.

I like a feed of fish and I enjoy the sport of it. The fishing I do is mainly sea fishing and mostly using bait. I occasionally throw a few lures off the beach for salmon which is great fun, and a bit of trolling in my dingy. I have caught a few bream and salmon on my fly rod and I intend to take my fly gear with me.

My only experience of northern fishing is watching it on TV. It all seems to be lures and it certainly looks like fun.

Cheers,
Bob
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Reply By: Grungle - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 07:21

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 07:21
Buy the only tropical fishing bible there is -> The North Australian Fish Finder

You won't be dissapointed.

Regards
David
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Follow Up By: Member - Robert R1 (SA) - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 07:47

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 07:47
Good idea. I will get a copy of it.

Thanks,
Bob
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