Roebuck bay 25km drive from Broome and is famous for catches of big Threadfin Salmon. Since banning commercial netting in 2013 in Roebuck bay the fish population has come back very strong in Roebuck Bay. Anglers can now enjoy fishing for Trevally, Queenfish, Triple Tail, Blue and Threadfin Salmon in the bay. The best part about banning the netting, is there now anglers are almost guaranteed a catch.
Fishing Roebuck Bay is best done by boat, small tinnies can be launched near False Crab Creek along Crab Creek Road. Larger boats can access the bay via the boat ramp in Broome town. There are literally thousands of Trevally throughout the bay and its not uncommon to see them smash bait fish close to the surface throughout the bay.
Crab Creek is the main small creek closest to access for smaller tinnies. The creek can only be accessed from mid tide up. Threadfin Salmon move up into the creek in search of food, so working the first bend of the creek as the tide comes in can produce a salmon. The salmon also move up into the shallows and feed on bait fish like a pelagic fish. Casting out prawn lures or un-weighted prawn baits is a good way to hook them.
Further south there are numerous small feeder creeks, the Threadfin Salmon move in and out of these creeks with the tide. The best creeks are from the third creek and south. Near the top of the tide, casting shallow diving lures around the mouth of the feeder creeks is a good way to catch Threadfin Salmon in Roebuck Bay.
Throughout the bay there is current lines that have murky water running beside clear water. These current lines carry debris, where Triple Tail will often be hiding underneath palm tree branches and other debris. It worth stopping and casting small soft plastics beside the snags.
The Bay also has a few reefs which produce Trevally, Queenfish and Tuskfish. The reefs are also known to produce Black Jewfish, which are found around reefs close to deep holes.
The anchor bouys sometimes have Tripletail, try casting a lightly weight soft plastics beside a few.
Trevally through the bay, they can be spotted smashing bait fish close to the surface.
Use a sounder at the deep holes to look for fish laying dormant during neap tides. Jewfish are known to be caught in the deep holes and near reefs throughout Roebuck Bay.
Work the mouth of the feeders creeks on the incoming and outgoing tide for Threadfin Salmon. Most creeks are only accessible on spring tides.
Work the bend on the incoming tide with hard body lures for Threadfin Salmon. Also focus around the small feeder creeks. Salmon are often visible in the shallows smashing bait fish, try casting prawn baits slow to them.
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