Rich re­wards from tough Fitzroy trek

Broome Advertiser - - Sport - Wes Francks

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.

Pic­ture: Ni­c­hole Night

Club mem­ber James Night with a Fitzroy barra.

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