Approximately 160 kilometres south of Broome, with 23km of maintained unsealed road is the beautiful camp spot of Port Smith. Port Smith caravan park as modern facilities and offers camp spots for caravans, tents and cabins. The small store here also have fuel, diesel, bait, ice and some general fishing tackle.
Port Smith fishing produces some great catches both land based and by boat. There are many tracks heading both north and south for anglers to explore. To the north are some good headlands which produce Trevally and Queenfish on high tide. To the north a track also head arounds to the mouth of the inlet, here anglers can fish the flats for Trevally or soak a bait in the deep hole Threadfin Salmon, Mangrove Jack, Cod, Bream, Whiting, Flathead and Barramundi. Along the beaches land based anglers can catch a good feed of whiting. Talk to the park owners before venturing around and care should be taken while driving the tracks as the sand can be soft in some spots.
Access to False Cape Bossut is sometimes permitted however rules change, talk to the Port Smith park owners for further information. False Cape Bossut Creek is a rocky creek that holds Mangrove Jack, Cod, Bream, Flathead and Trevally. Around the mouth there is Tuskfish and Queenfish, it is well worth the drive. It is approximately 13km by boat from the Port Smith boat launch.
There is a protected boat launch suitable for boats up to 6m during the top of the tide in the Port Smith Lagoon. There are several good holes in the lagoon which are worth fishing particularly during neap tides. Jigging soft vibes or plastics on the bottom is a good way to find out if Threadfin Salmon are around. Upstream at the deepest holes and snags hold Mangrove Jack and Cod, it worthwhile working lures along a set of snags. Checkout google maps to see the deeper holes and target these areas with lures.
Port Smith entrance channel is lined with rocks, here Tuskfish lurk around the rocks. They can be targeted on boat mostly and they will smash crab baits. Around the mouth of the river has generally clear shallow waters where anglers can spot Trevally and Permit crusining. Fly fishing here can be great for the patient angler.
Offshore from Port Smith to the north is a series of good reef structure that holds Coral Trout, Tuskfish and Grass Emperor. These spots are well worth fishing and fish will take soft plastics and vibes worked along or beside the reefs.
To the south is False Cape Bossut and False Cape Bossut Creek, it is approximately 13km by boat. There is some great fishing here around the headland and mouth of the small creek. The rock areas hold some big Tuskfish which will take bait such as crabs and prawns. The spear fishing here is also good. The reef to the west of the cape is also good fishing.
Heading west – north west of Port Smith is Justice Shoal, approximately 15km offshore, here the reef fishing starts to get good. Anglers can expect Tuskfish, Grass Emperor, Coral Trout, Trevally, Queenfish, Cod, Mackerel and the taxman (sharks).
About 25km from Port Smith boat launch and 8km from Black Rock beach launch near Lagrange community (permission required), these creek fish well for Mangrove Jack, Cod, Bream, Flathead, Trevally, Threadfin Salmon, Blue Salmon and the odd barramundi. Two northern creeks fish the best.
Permission required, speak to Port Smith caravan park owners. Creeks well worth fishing for Mangrove Jack, Cod, Flathead and Bream on the low tide. Fish the deeper pools. Abundant mud crabs can be pulled from holes and found under snags on low tide. The off Barramundi mainly in December.
Can be good reef fishing on high tide for Tuskfish. Trevally and Queenfish also around the reef at the top of the high tide and out going tide.
Approximately 12km offshore, uncomfirmed reef fishing spot, slight bend in the reef about 14m deep. Coral Trout, Grass Emperor, Trevally and Queenfish. Possibly Mackerel.
Approximately 15km offshore, reef fishing spot, isolated rock, goes from 4.5m to 12m deep.
Justice Shoal, approximately 15km offshore from Port Smith has good reef fishing. The shoal is 2m deep (drying height) and is surrounded by 10m+ deep water. The shoal produces Tuskfish, Coral Trout, Grass Emperor, Trevally, Queenfish and Mackerel on the troll.
Good flats fly fishing for roaming Trevally and the odd Permit.
Seek permission from Port Smith caravan park before accessing this spot. The headland produces Trevally and Queenfish on high tide. The odd Barramundi also in the murky waters of the out going neap tide.
Seek permission from Port Smith Caravan park first, accessed via narrow four wheel track, the rocky creek has Mangrove Jack, Cod, Bream, Flathead, Queenfish and small Trevally. The rocks out the front also fish well for the odd Tuskfish, Queenfish and Trevally.
Accessed via four wheel drive track south of Port Smith, small inlet holds Mangrove jack, Cod, Bream and Flathead. Fish the incoming tide at the mouth of the creek for Blue and Threadfin Salmon, also the odd Barramundi.
Accessed via four wheel drive track, seek permission from Port Smith van park. Good high tide fishing for Trevally and Queenfish around the rocks.
Accessed via four wheel drive track, good high tide fishing for Trevally, Queenfish, Tuskfish and the odd mackerel.
Accessed via boat or four wheel drive track, the mouth is a good place to soak bait for fishing moving with the tide.
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