Hi Guys n Gals,
Im just back from another trip to KAB, they’re getting to be a winter habit. Here is a brief report, and a few pics.
KAB is a destination on the MacArthur river about 50 ks from Borroloola, it is expertly run by the KAB Fishing Club. Its not a bay and no ash trees are to be seen🤔 It’s a 3500 k trip, I get there on the 5th day, towing a camper and tinnie on top of the Ute. Air temps are from 15’ overnight to 25’-35’daytime, bliss.
The immense river and mangrove creek system of reportedly over 450ks is fed by the MacArthur and Carrington Rivers, and in the Arafura sea you have the Pellow Islands. I believe the system is unique in Australia.
I fished with 20lb braid and 60lb leader, on a baitcaster out of a 370 quintrex traveller with a 15 HP yammy. Previous years I’ve stuck with Classic F 18 lures, but this year I tried and stayed with a couple of Snap Dog lures. Of course you have the live and dead bait fishing and plastics too. Live mullet and prawns the go to live baits. Crab are plentiful.
This year believe it or not, I used 3.5 l of 2 stroke engine oil, at 100:1, you do the math 😳. The water temps varied from 19- 25’, as is normal for winter up there, it makes the fishing a challenge, but the place is more than just about fishing.
The green lure in the picture was just as effective after most of its paint was gone.
The two estuary cod are both 600mm in length, and for many are a preferred table fish, myself included. The fingermark (golden snapper)are 430mm, a good size for the creeks as they then migrate to deeper reefs.
Some of the different species caught during my stay were, Barra, cod, fingermark, jack, grunter, flathead, pikey bream, queen fish, catfish, golden trevally.
Hope you enjoy the pics and report.