January is the middle of the wet season in tropical Broome. Expect sultry days with occasional downpours and storms. Flooding is a possibility. This is Barramundi season: target them in local creeks.
As well as Barramundi, you can catch species such as big Threadfin Salmon, Queenfish, and Trevally in Broome’s local waters in February. This is monsoon season, so make sure you’re prepared to get wet!
Barramundi fishing is excellent, with the biggest fish in the Fitzroy River and more plentiful ones in the creeks. Look for Threadfin Salmon in Roebuck Bay, as well as Bluenose Salmon, Mulloway, and Fingermark Bream.
April is the start of the dry season and probably one of the best times to visit Broome. Everything is still fresh and green. Expect to continue to see Barra in the Fitzroy River and the first Sailfish starts to appear offshore.
Offshore fishing heats up. More Sailfish arrive, along with Longtail and Mack Tuna and maybe some small Marlin, too. The Disaster Rock area can be productive for Cobia, while the reefs are full of fish.
The center of Broome fills up with tourists. Offshore fishing is an excellent way to escape the crowds – look for Sailfish, Black Marlin, Longtail Tuna, and Cobia. Spanish Mackerel may be caught from the shore.
Celebrate the offshore season at the Broome Billfish Classic. Fishing for Billfish is at its peak – hire a larger boat and get in on the action. Otherwise, look for Cobia, Queenfish, and big Trevally around Disaster Rock.
Not only is the offshore fishing as good as ever, you can catch some real beauties over the reefs at this time of year. Look for Coral Trout and Bluebone among others. Tripletail can be an entertaining catch.
Some Barramundi start to show up in greater numbers as the dry season nears its end. You’ll still have the chance to go after Broome’s famous Sailfish, as well as Cobia etc. Threadfin and Bluenose Salmon are in Roebuck Bay.
October is usually the beginning of the wet season in Broome. This means Barramundi fishing will get better and better: fish for them in the tidal waters and billabongs of the Fitzroy River. There may still be some action offshore.
The wet season sets in for real. Expect warm, sticky weather and frequent thunderstorms. Look for Barramundi coming downstream down the Fitzroy River – fish for them at neap tides for the best bite.
Barramundi is still loving the wet weather. Look for Spanish Mackerel offshore or fish for beautiful reef fish. Tripletail is floating around in Roebuck Bay and Queenfish and Trevally are giving anglers a run for their money.