Thready out & about aheadof big shootout

Darren ‘Dags' CrossBroome Advertiser
Wal Franz with a nice 99cm West Kimberley Barramundi just before it was released.
Camera IconWal Franz with a nice 99cm West Kimberley Barramundi just before it was released. Credit: Picture: Darren Cross

A bit of a wag in the wet season tail last week tested some boaties’ nerves in the afternoon trips home to the boat ramp.

The lure, however, of getting out and hooking into a few of the many threadfin salmon and barramundi getting around at the minute is too much, as they are definitely on the bite.

Crab Creek, the Fingers and Dampier Creek are all doing well, with many anglers picking up a triple tail or two on the way home among the floats in Roebuck Bay.

While on the subject of our friendly threadfin salmon, Broome Fishing Club’s annual two-day Thready Shootout Competition, again sponsored by Kimberley Trailer Parts, is coming up on March 27 and 28.

Registrations are available on Friday, March 26, from 5pm, at Broome Fishing Club, and it is a great competition with plenty of prizes, especially for the kids, who will probably outfish the adults yet again.

Around the traps, the storms and the wind have kept most boats in-shore but there was plenty of action up the Fitzroy River last weekend, with some monster metre-plus fat barramundi getting caught and released.

With the warm weather and the river slowing, the big girls really turned it on, with many an angler in photos with smiles wider than a split watermelon.

The river has also been giving up some good catches of cherabin in the past week, which is very evident when trying to buy any chook pellets in town (good luck with that).

That is always a good sign the tasty “cherry bums” are running.

The Fitzroy River on Sunday again started to rise, further flushing out the delta.

This continuous flooding river will bring down some great snags from upstream and really flush out some good, deep holes, further improving the fishery for the up-and-coming dry fishing season.

This week is also bringing some serious meetings regarding the proposed Buccaneer Archipelago Marine Park. In next week’s column, I will hopefully be able to give some clarity on where the proposal sits and where its heading.

Until then, mates, keep fishing.

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