Broome is popular and isolated tourist town, it attacks thousands of caravans and holiday makers every winter. Broome fishing is top notch and world famous. Anglers travel across the world to fish for sailfish offshore from Broome. But there is something for every angler when fishing Broome, from flats fishing for Permit and Trevally to Barramundi and Mangrove Jacks in the creeks.
The scenery in Broome is so beautiful often catching a fish is just a bonus! The best time for fishing around Broome is over Summer, as the Barramundi and Mangrove Jack are much more active, while Threadfin Salmon and Jewfish are also around. Winter the Barramundi are less active and the general size of winter Barramundi is smaller. Although Broome isn’t known for producing big barra. Bream, Flathead, Whiting, Trevally and Queenfish are abundant year round.
There are several land based fishing spots close to Broome where anglers have the chance at Barramundi, Trevally, Queenfish and the usual by catch of Cod, Bream and Flathead.
Starting at Roebuck Bay, heading along Crab Creek road there are several access points to small rocky points. These areas stir up dirty water on the moving tides, this dirty water is a good place to target Barramundi. Trevally and Queenfish will also be by catch in these areas
Continuing on Crab Creek road leads to false Crab Creek, a small creek system that does hold Thread Salmon at times, the best method here is sitting on baits like strip mullet and prawns.
Broome Jetty provides anglers access to deeper waters, although it’s a long way to the water so heavy line is recommended. Anglers target passing Mackerel, Queenfish and Trevally here. Although there are rumors of Barramundi holding in the deep holes here, apparently they can be jigged on soft vibes.
The Rocks to the south hold Bream, Trevally and Queenfish on an incoming tide. Small hard body lures work well on the bream as they move into structure with the incoming tide. Queenfish and Trevally can often be seen smashing bait schools, poppers and soft plastics work well here.
Gantheaume Point sometimes has Queenfish and Trevally on high tide, however it is not a popular fishing spot.
Coconut Wells is north of Broome, accessed via four wheel drive, take the first left on the Cape Leveque Road, drive along the beach to the start of the reef. On high tide anglers can expect Trevally, Queenfish, Tuskfish, Bream and Whiting.
Willie Creek produces some good fishing however it is not popular for Barramundi or Threadfin Salmon. The land based fishing spots mostly produce Cod, Bream, Flathead, Trevally and Queenfish. The flats out the front of Willie Creek have been known to produce Permit on fly and Trevally.
Accessed via four wheel drive along Lawrence Road, the track leads to the mouth of Willie Creek. Flats fishing is possible here on the incoming tide and Trevally and Permit are the primary target. Further up the track continues to Willie Creek upstream, there is a fairly deep hole here, cast out baits anglers can expect, Trevally, Bream and Flathead. Coconut Wells Road also leads to Willie Creek to a deep hole where anglers can use bait for Bream, Flathead and live bait for the best chance at a Barramundi.
Most anglers visit Broome with a small boat and with good reason, as the options open up to some really great Broome fishing spots. The reefs offshore from Gantheaume Point and the jetty produce Black Jewfish, Tuskfish, Fingermark, Coral Trout and Pelagics. Here are some of the best spots to try.
Dampier Creek is heavily fished, however it still produces Mangrove Jack and Barramundi. Trolling the river mouth is the best method for Barramundi. Mangrove jack can be found around the snags, soft vibes are very effective on the jacks here, although they snag up easy.
Approximately 16km offshore from the jetty boat ramp is Disaster Rock. This isolated bommie often has Mackerel, Trevally and Queenfish.
Just offshore from the jetty are several productive deep holes that hold Black Jewfish. The holes are best fished on neap tides and the turn, try jigging soft plastics and vibes off the bottom.
Launching from Gantheaume Point beach launch give quick access to some good reef and isolated bommies that hold Queenfish, Trevally and Mackerel. Whale Rock and Swirl Rock are good places to start fishing.
To the south of Gantheaume Point is Roebuck deep, a 80m deep channel that drops off fairly quickly. Here Black Jewfish and Fingermark are regular catches. Bait is the best method here, particularly when there are large tides. During the neap tides it is possible to jig plastics for these fish.
Boats can be beach launched at Willie Creek near the pearl farm on the north shore. In the upper reaches the deep holes and snags fish well for Mangrove Jack and Cod. Across from the pearl house is a bank of snags that sometimes hold Barramundi. Trevally, Bream, Flathead and small queenfish are throughout the creek at times. The mouth of the river has Trevally and Diamond trevally at times.
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