Residents fish the road less travelled
While a cracking wet season may limit access to some of the favoured fishing spots of many Derby people, it also opens up the opportunity to enjoy a bit of flood plain fishing — roadside.
Many Derby residents are making the most of the rain by getting up the bitumen part of the Gibb River Road.
Similar to the spectacle of the Roebuck Plains flooding, the connecting of the freshwater section with the tidal part of the mighty Fitzroy River catchment is not only spectacular but fun to fish.
It is definitely worth the short road trip to enjoy nature at its best and flick a lure for a barra at the same time. Sara Hennessy is the president of the Mary Island Fishing Club in Derby.
Derby resident Evette Macfarlan fishes roadside on the Gibb River Road.