Rich rewards from tough Fitzroy trek
Although the weather has been very hot over the past week, a few fellow fishos have been making the trek to the Fitzroy River chasing barramundi.
These fish can be difficult to catch at the best of times but when its 40C-plus, 90 per cent humidity and the mosquitoes are abundant, it becomes a very difficult task indeed.
With the river starting to settle down a bit, the fish have been coming on reasonably well and some good captures have been being whispered about around the tables over a quiet beer down at the Broome Fishing Club.
One angler, James Night, had a ripper of a trip recently, recording 20-plus barra on the first day and some good sizes among the fish as well.
So if you think you can handle the heat, humidity and the mozzies, get up there and give the river a go.
It is important to remember it is still the wet season so if you do venture up to the river, keep a close eye on the weather and always make sure you let family or friends know where you are and how long you plan to be away.
While you are at the river, have a go at catching cherabin.
These tasty little critters should be in abundance with all the rain we have had this year. Try dilly pots. These are the same as crab pots but with smaller mesh. Another way to catch cherabin is with chook pellets and a throw net but remember to be croc-wise while you are on the river banks or even in the shallows. Wes Francks is a committee member and former president of the Broome Fishing Club.
Club member James Night with a Fitzroy barra.