Derby has Australia’s biggest tides, reaching up to 11m in tidal difference. This can make fishing tricky, as launching a boat is impossible on a low tide. There are not many fishing options for land based anglers, expect for Yeeda Creek and the Fitzroy River. There is plenty of Barramundi on offer in these creeks.
For the adventurous anglers, keen on driving over vast sand flats, there are several fishing spots in Derby. Make sure to talk to a local before attempting to drive to any fishing spot outside of Derby. Large spring tides can flood the mud flats make them boggy.
To the North, Point Torment is accessed via an unsealed road. It can not be accessed after rains and after 9m tides. On the way, approximately 60km north, there is a boat ramp, live baiting here can produce Barramundi. Point Torment has a small inlet that produces Threadin and Blue Salmon. Live baiting during neap tides is the best option when land based fishing around Derby.
There are a few options for launching a small boat at Derby. Neap tides produce the best results on lures. Many boat anglers also choose to troll the creek mouths for Barramundi. Launching a boat should only be done from mid tide and up. Plan trips accordingly as it is easy to get stuck on a sand bar or up a mosquito infested creek for several hours.
To the north about 40km an unsealed road allow creek launching into a rocky creek that gives access to Stokes inlet and a huge choice of smaller creeks. The creeks here produce Barramundi, Threadfin Salmon, Golden Snapper, Mangrove Jacks and Jew fish in the deeper holes.
Derby has a boat ramp at the jetty, with ample parking. From here anglers can access lots of feeder creeks. There are plently of Threadfin Salmon, Barramundi and Mangrove Jack up the creeks. To the north of Derby Doctors Creek is known to produce Threadfin Salmon and Mangrove Jack.
Alligator Creek is to the south, small boats can be launched here although seek local knowledge first. The creek has Barramundi and Threadfin Salmon, try trolling the mouth of the creek with hard body lures.
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Derby Port Boat Ramp (2.9km)
Tuesday 30 Nov 2021
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