Karumba is a top spot for a relaxing fishing or sightseeing holiday. The town sits at the mouth of the Norman River in the Gulf of Carpentaria. It has great fishing for barramundi, salmon, grunter, spanish mackerel and mud crabs and magnificent sunsets. While you are visiting the area make sure you check out Karumba Point,
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From its humble beginnings as a telegraph station in the 1870’s it has developed into a prosperous community primarily around the pastoral, mining and resources, commercial fishing and tourism industries. These industries are still the major drivers of this town today.
The town has some great fishing and sunsets, a post office, plenty of accommodation options, all your shopping supplies, the sunset tavern, a golf course (on the Karumba Dev Rd 1km before town), health centre on Walker St (4745 9137), Dump Point (Allen Howie Way), Refuse Tip and an Airport.Police Station on Yappar St, 4745 9120 and Volunteer Marine Rescue, VMR Karumba 4745 9264 VHF 16, 67, 80 27 MHz 88
Barramundi Discovery Centre - 148 Yappar St. 07 4745 9359 for tour times.
Sunday Markets are held at the Sunset Tavern 8am - 12pm Easter weekend till September.
Community Anglers Classic is held in April
Golf Open is held in June
Seafood Festival is held in October
PARKS and PICNIC AREAS
Carpentaria Lions Andy Donald Memorial Park - on Palmer Street. 17’27’734 S, 140’49’742 E has ocean views (great at sunset), bins, tap water, electric BBQ’s and shaded picnic tables.
Point Picnic -area just past the Point boat ramp (17’27’956 S, 140’49’771 E) is a top land based fishing spot with a deep hole straight out from the picnic table. This spot also has tap water. You will also find a mangrove boardwalk just past the Karumba Point boat ramp.
Kath Alexander Park, 17’29’129 S, 140’50’544 E has bins, shaded picnic areas, free electric BBQ’s, tap water, kid’s playground and toilets.
Photo: Flicking lures on sunset at Karumba Point
Fishing Tips and Spots
Land Based Fishing around the area - Remember fresh and saltwater crocodiles inhabit most creeks, rivers and billabongs throughout the Gulf.
Karumba Point - Land based anglers can work the rising tide from the beach for barramundi, salmon, trevally and grunter. Use soft plastics, lures or live baits. Poppers work well on a rising tide that coincides with sunrise or sunset. If you have a boat head out the front to fish around the sand island and channel markers. Look for signs of bait fish and birds or where the other boats are congregating. Large blue salmon, finger mark and grunter are the most commonly caught species out from town with spanish mackerel and jewfish caught around the markers furthest from the ramp. The mangrove line outside the mouth of the river opposite the boat ramp can produce some great salmon fishing around the top of the tide. Be careful as the tide runs out or you may find yourself stuck on the drying sand flats.
Mouth of the Norman River - If you are fishing from the bank the picnic area just past the Point boat ramp (inside the mouth of the Norman River) is a popular and productive fishing spot for a variety of species including barramundi, jewfish and salmon. There is a deep hole straight out from the shaded picnic area and a rocky outcrop to the left of the picnic area that are worth a look. The stretch of sand back to the boat ramp is a good place to soak a live bait on a rising tide for barra and salmon, especially around dusk or dawn. Fishing from a boat around the mouth of the Norman River can be productive. Troll the deep bend between the town and Point boat ramps for barramundi.
Walkers Creek, halfway to Normanton - The old causeway is a good spot to target cherabin and barramundi, especially just after the wet season when water is still flowing over the causeway.
Photo: Tidal flats like this one a few miles from the mouth of the Norman River are great spots to target barramundi. Work the grass flats as the tide rises over them and the mouth of the channel as the water drops of the flats. A couple of 75cm+ barra were caught here shortly after this photo was taken.
Norman River between Normanton and the mouth - A boat is needed to fish this section of the Norman River and it is not a bad option if you like to get away from the crowds. Whether you are leaving from the boat ramp at Karumba or the one at Normanton the tides should be a major consideration. Towards Karumba work mangrove edges and flats (sand or grass) on the rising tide and creek junctions on the falling tide. If you are fishing the bottom of the tide troll the deep bends, creeks running into the river (if they are deep enough) or soak a bait in deep holes. Around Normanton you will find plenty of spots to fish. Heading upstream from the ramp you will find a couple of creeks and rock bars within a few kilometres (care is required around the rock bars). Heading downstream towards Karumba fish the rocky sections around the first big bend or continue on and fish Six Mile Creek. The mouth of Six Mile is a great spot to anchor up and flick lures or head up the creek working snags and depth changes. A few kilometres past Six Mile you will hit the first of the Baffle Islands. These islands offer some good fishing for a variety of estuary species including barramundi, salmon, mud crabs, bream and grunter, to name a few. As a general rule the Norman River near Normanton is best for barramundi during and just after the wet season when there is plenty of fresh water flowing. The river at Normanton will still be influenced by the tide but don’t be fooled into thinking this means the water is salty. As the salt water starts to push back up the river during the dry season the mud crabs, king salmon, bream and grunter become a common catch.
Photo: A hut on the bank of the Norman River.
1. Karumba Boat Ramp - Gilbert Street, off Yappar St in Karumba township. 17’29’126 S, 141’50’241 E
2. Karumba Point Boat Ramp - Palmer Street, Karumba Point. Toilets and bin behind car park. 17’27’901 S, 140’49’720 E
Local Businesses and Magazine Stockists
Ferryman Charters - Ferryman river cruises can be booked on 07 4745 9155 or www.ferryman.net.au
Sunset Tavern Karumba - Karumba Point . 07 4745 9183
End Of The Road Motel, Karumba - Karumba Point. 07 4745 9599 . www.endoftheroadmotel.com.au
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