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Fishing at Lucinda

  For the fisherman, the only hardship at Lucinda comes with having to choose between the large number of available options. Here are a few suggestions:

On foot from The Arches

Walk out your front door and you are confronted with several possibilities. Head south along the deserted beach to the mouth of Gentle Annie Creek, where, depending upon the tide, you can fish the deep water of the main channel or the shallow flats just to the north. Trevally, flathead, queenfish are regularly caught in this area.

At high tide, the entire beachfront (from the jetty to Gentle Annie Creek) can be productive. Whether bait, lure or fly fishing, there will always be action somewhere or other for the keen fisherman. On very low tides this area is high and dry and you may have to walk several kilometers to reach the water. Alternatively, have a snooze and wait for the water to come to you!

Irrespective of tide, these sand flats are a fisherman's least for the energetic and adventurous. Wading in shallow water and carefully prospecting with lure or fly can yield trevally, snub nosed dart, flathead, queenfish, and in the wet season, barramundi.

Lucinda Jetty

The jetty is popular with bait fisherman. Most species, including barramundi, are caught here, depending on the season. Whole families gather here early morning and late afternoon, to catch a feed or just to watch.

Hinchinbrook Channel

If you have a boat, the options become infinite. The 3-lane boat ramp at Dungeness is just a few minutes away from The Arches and provides access to one of the most outstanding waterways on the east coast of Australia. Within the channel, choose between open water, mangrove lined creeks and rivers, rocky outcrops, flats etc etc etc. Barramundi, mangrove jack, estuary cod, fingermark, trevally, queenfish and threadfin salmon are just some of the more common species found here. Head to the east and there is the sugar loading terminal which acts as a fish attractor for huge trevally, mackeral etc. Further afield, tuna and then out to the islands and reef fishing.


Remember that the ocean is a finite resource so only kill enough fish for a feed. Also, be aware of the regulations such as the bag limits on most species, reef closures, green zones and a closed season for barramundi from 1 November to 1 February. When releasing surplus or undersize fish, do so with care. That way you stand a chance of catching them again next year. Although kissing the fish before release is a common practice, it doesn't enhance survival and so should be considered optional.