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Dated: 17th January 2005
Location: Australia/Western Australia /Pilbara Region/Port Hedland
From our Port Hedland Fishing Correspondent Shane Baker
Fishing for Port Hedland BarramundiFishing for Port Hedland Barramundi
It seems the days when catching a Barramundi in Port Hedland was rare are gone. Most people who are targeting these magnificent sporting and excellent eating fish are coming up with the goods in most areas around town. The weather has been a pain for those of us who spend all day working in the hot sun but it has kept the Barra on the bite and for the fishoís thatís good news. There have been consistent catches near the Finucane Island boat ramp of Barra up around the 80cm mark and thatís good news for those of us without a boat. Some young locals ventured down to the Turner on motorbikes armed with a few lures and their favourite rods and had the time of their lives catching and releasing Barra up to a meter long and nailing some nice Threadfin Salmon too. Six mile has proved to be very popular for land based fisher people with plenty of reports of Barra and Salmon being caught on live mullet during and just before the rising tide. Twelve mile produces more variety of fish than any other creek I have fished. Species such as Salmon, Barra, Queenies, Mangrove Jack and Cod are regulars but I have seen Barracuda, Mulloway, Bream, Flathead and plenty of Sharks caught there as well. Out wide Red Emperor, Spangled Emperor, Coral Trout and huge Mackerel are always on the offer but it helps to have a good patch of reef to work and some really fresh bait. The wind has wreaked havoc for anyone trying to get out there, even the forecasters canít get it right at the moment, but those that have braved the elements have been rewarded. The moon has finally decided to work its way up through the first half again which is good news for crabbers. Three reports came back to me this week about the crabbing and between them all only 9 crabs made the dinner plate. As the moon gets closer to full the numbers should pick up. If you just want to relax by the water with your family and get a line wet while you are at it, try the Spoil Bank and Cemetery beach at high tide. Some nice Whiting and Flathead can be found there and with a bit of luck a Salmon or Barra might just pass your way. Work hard, Fish harder! Shane Baker....Shane Baker