Karumba is one of the most bountiful fishing spots Australian and overseas anglers like to visit. Visitors to this region frequently catch barramundi, jewfish and king salmon in the warmer months. Blue salmon, grunter, mud-crabs and bream are caught most of the year. In the winter months Spanish mackerel and queen fish are often caught. The barramundi season is from January to October, the exact time depends on when the fish spawn, so check as you make your booking.
Fishing at Karumba is easily achieved off the beach or out near the sand bars which surround the mouth of the Norman River. People with larger boats often head north or south along the coast to try their luck in the Brannigan, Fitzmorris, Bynoe or Flinders Rivers, while others prefer to fish off Pelican Island. '
The waters of Karumba contain a variety of marine life; you can fish from the beach at high tide or from a boat at any time. Gee Dees have two 4.3-metre aluminium boats with 25 hp motors for hire. In addition there is a large self-drive BBQ boat, which requires no boat licence. Put together a group of family and friends to cruise the river, go fishing, crabbing, bird watching, croc spotting or just relax on the BBQ boat. Picnic packs are provided, at an additional cost, if requested. All boats are supplied with bait, ice, esky, fuel, cushions and canopy; they are launched and retrieved at the nearby boat ramp at the entrance to the Norman River.
For those guests who would like to go on a fishing charter there are several local operators. Gee Dee’s are happy to assist with arrangements, which should be made the afternoon before. Full and half day charters are available.
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