The Barron River is a medium sized estuary system and is home to the beautiful Barrons Falls which is located approximately 18km upstream. The Barron River provides only a short tidal system, the saltwater turns into fresh water very quickly which isn’t an ideal system for holding large fish, some people have joked the Barron River got it’s name from being “barron” of life. Combined with its close proximity to Cairns and the Northern Beaches suburbs the river is under a lot of fishing pressure and boat traffic. However good fish can be caught here with the right tactics, knowledge and local knowledge.
There are several key spots marked on the map above that should be your first reference to start fishing the Barron River. Towards the mouth of the river are rock walls located on the outside bank of each bend, these rock walls are best fished at low tide with deep diving rattle lures preferably trolled. Classic barra lures are best here and should dive deep enough to almost hit the bottom.
Redden Creek is the first of the larger feeder creeks and is worth lure fishing as the tide is falling, there is often snags around the mouth of the feeder creek washed downstream from the Barron. Soft plastics in white colour work best in the Barron River for fishing rigged with weedless hooks and around 1/6 weight.
Past Machans Beach boat ramp on the northern side of the Barron River is the airport lights, here you will see old pylons. Fishing here at night with live baits can produce good Barramundi and Tarpon although you can expect company. Not much further up on the southern bank is a sewage outlet point so if you want to each your catch head up stream on the out going tide!
Upstream past the Captain Cook Highway bridge there are a series of pylons and a jetty for land based fishing. Here you will catch Bream, Cod, Grunter and maybe a Mangrove Jack.
Further upstream on norther side you will arrive at a large feeder known asThomatis Creek, the mouth has a rocky out crop protruding into the Barron River which can hold Barramundi in the warmer months. Upstream from here the water starts to turn brackish and then into fresh water, the Barron River fresh water can produce some great lure fishing for Sootie Grunter and Jungle Perch.
Fishing the snaggy, mangrove lined Barron River with lures can be a lot of fun. The classic barra lures are always a good safe choice for casting and trawling. If you want to flick soft plastics into the mangroves then rigging up for your soft plastics with weedless hooks is the way to go.
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Machans Beach (0.9km)
Friday 21 Jan 2022
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