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Other names: Lates calcarifer, barra
Found from the border of the Northern Territory in the north down to the top end of Shark Bay in the south, although Barramundi are most common in Karumba. Barramundi are found in both coastal areas and estuaries, but spawn only in estuaries. They inhabit a wide variety of habitats including tidal rivers, freshwater lagoons, and coastal foreshores.
Barramundi Opening and Closing Season
Throughout the Queensland east coast, a closed season applies to barramundi from midday 1 November to midday 1 February.
Throughout the Gulf of Carpentaria and adjoining waterways west and south of the intersection of longitude 142°09E with the shore at high tide, a closed season applies to barramundi.
The Gulf of Carpentaria closed season for barramundi for is midday 7 October to midday 1 February but possession on boats allowed to midday 17 October.
It is also prohibited to deliberately target barramundi for catch and release during these closed seasons, as the stress of capture may prevent a fish from spawning.
Rigs and Techniques
When fishing for barramundi, a 615kg braided mainline fished on a baitcasting outfit is a good setup. The most common fishing method for catching Barramundi is hardbodied lures with a slow, twitching retrieve with occasional hard twitches. Anything from minnows to shads or rattling lures can be successful. Other methods include live bait rigs and trolling with diving minnows.
Barramundi fishing is usually best at early morning, late afternoon or night. Estuaries and tidal flats tend to be the places that large females inhabit, so look for places where food might aggregate, like eddies or draining creek mouths and cast to these. The best time to be fishing is when the tide is coming in or going out and the Barramundi are forced into the tidal flats. If you are fishing in freshwater where you are more likely to find the younger males, look for cover and cast to features such as snags and dropoffs.
Accommodation & Fishing
Take in the breath taking beauty of the Sunset from the grounds of the Sunset Caravan Park. Only two places in the world where you can see them like this!
- Villa EnSuite 1 BR, Cabin ensuite 1 BR, Campsites Powered/UNpowered sites.
- Next to the beach & boat ramp. Shady, well grassed sites.
- Free BBQ area. Fish Cleaning Area.
- Swimming Pool with Entertainment area.
- Spit Roast Nights & Entertainment.
- Happy Hours, Disabled Shower/Toilet.
- 2 Spotless Shower/Toilet Blocks, Coin Operated Laundry.
- MiniMart / Cafe / Tackle / Souvenirs, Craft days, 3 Public Telephones.
- Fishing Charters / Flights and other Local Tour Bookings, Campers Kitchen.
The Gulf area is home to numerous and diverse species of birds including migratory species parrots, finches, honeyeater, herons, birds of prey, brolgas and much much more. Karumba being located on the coastline with savannah grassland, meandering wetlands stretching up to 30km inland, savannah scrub and coastal mangrove environments is a virtual birdwatchers paradise.
Following are various photos provided from Karumba locals Rose & Jockey Bouwens.
The southwest area of the Gulf region is heavily mineralized and is part of the north west mineral province. The Gulfs land area can be compared to being approximately 80% the size of Victoria. There is an annual water runoff equivalent to almost 30% the national total this is larger then the Murray Darling basin!
The Gulf Savannah features a tropical climate wet season in the summer and dry season through the winter. The temperatures range from a daily average maximum of 33°c and minimum of 20°c, with an approximate rainfall of 900 mm per annum.
There are two bioregions in the Gulf:
- The Northern Gulf Resource Management Group NRM and
- The Southern Gulf Catchments NRM
The role of these groups is to produce strategies for the management and protection of the bioregions. Supporting this process at the catchment level, are catchment coordination and Landcare groups.
Regions Water Courses
The regions water courses provide a range of natural and economic functions, including habitat and nursery grounds for marine life, water supply for domestic, natural and agricultural purposes, sport, tourism and recreation as well as the overall role in the supporting the complex Gulf ecosystems.
This backdrop provides the perfect setting for an incredible diversity of birdlife including numerous migratory species and many avid ‘twitchers and birdwatchers travel to the region each year. Karumba, being located on the coastline offers the unique situation of bringing this Savannah Outback environment to the sea. The marine plains extend inland for up to 30km and as well as the prolific birdlife provide a home for the fascinating prehistoric saltwater crocodiles.
Gulf dolphins, dugongs, sharks and all manner of fish and marine life abound in the Gulf waters. There is also a stark contrast between the wet and dry seasons each year bringing migratory birds to the area.
Mutton Hole Wetland between Karumba and Normanton, covers 9000 hectares in the Gulf Plains bioregion. The Mutton Hole area contains Karumba plains wetland vegetation communities. These amazing wetlands are of local, state, national and international significance for breeding, feeding, moulting and drought refuge for a variety of waterbirds that include Whistling Ducks, Sarus Cranes, Brolgas and waders. The wetland is listed under the National Estate, to be the leading light of how local communities and government can work together to protect important nature values, cultural values as well as maintain an income for local businesses.
The Savannah Way is a themed tourism adventure drive linking Cairns in the east and Broome in the west this route actually passes through 4 World Heritage areas and 15 National Parks
The Morning Glory phenomenon adds further fascination for visitors these cloud formations generally pass through Karumba before dawn and arrive shortly after first light in the Burketown area usually during September and October each year
Where to eat
Karumba has a variety of fantastic places to eat; dine in or take away.
You will be amazed and delighted at the choice!
Choose from scrumptious fresh fish and seafoods to delicious counter meals, fresh hot coffee and cakes, fantastic gourmet sandwiches, not to mention fine wine and cold beer!
|Animal Bar / Karumba Lodge
PO Box 19
Karumba QLD 4891
Phone: 07 4745 9121
|Ashs Café & Units
21 Palmer Street
PO Box 154
KARUMBA QLD 4891
Phone: 07 4745 9132
|Seabreeze Store & Cafe
35 Palmer Street
KARUMBA QLD 4891
Phone: 07 4745 9006
|Karumba Supermarket & Café
63 Yappar Street
PO Box 72
KARUMBA QLD 4891
Phone: 07 4745 9188
PO Box 79
KARUMBA QLD 4891
Phone: 07 4745 9183
|Karumba Point Seafood Market
Col Kitching Drive
KARUMBA QLD 4891
Phone: 07 4745 9501
BOOK NOW! for March, April, May and June. You may also do advanced booking for July, August, September, and August.
Postal Address: Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park, PO Box 61 Karumba Queensland 4891
Tel: 07 4745 9277
Fax 07 4745 9480
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