Festive season a mixed bag
Well here we go again, a new year and a new fishing season.
The weather has not been kind to local fishos with a persistent westerly wind pattern creating an, at best, average swell in Roebuck Bay.
This made launching and retrieving boats both big and small at Entrance Point nearly impossible and hampered fishing over the festive season.
The president of the Broome Fishing Club and I managed to get out a couple of times recently and while we had to tough out some ordinary conditions, we managed to capture a couple of threadfin salmon across the bay.
On one particular outing, although not everything went our way, we managed to “release” several decent fish long before we boated them leaving us a little frustrated but hey, that’s fishing!
I was fortunate enough to have both my sons visit us during the festive season and we all managed to get out on the water with some good captures. On our first trip we caught five triple tail in Roebuck Bay before the westerly winds forced us into Dampier Creek, where we caught six barramundi by towing small lures as slowly as possible amid the snags and gutters.
On another trip we managed to catch several mangrove jack in and around the rocks on the making tide over Crab Creek side of Roebuck Bay.
We just drifted in with the tide, manoeuvring around the various rocky outcrops casting soft plastics and peeled prawns close to the rocks.
The Broome Fishing Club will be opening for 2019 on Friday, January 11 so come on down and have a top feed and a few quiet cold ones with us to welcome the new year.
That’s it from me so here’s to tight lines to all in 2019.
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Tristan Francks with a Roebuck Bay triple tail.