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Post Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:47 am    Post subject: Kid Friendly Land Based Spots?

Hi All,
Chasing some info on some kid friendly spots out of Darwin (nothing too far away)
Somewhere they can catch a few little fish to keep them interested
any suggestions?


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Post Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Kid Friendly Land Based Spots?

You mean landbased spots?

Bit hard with kids and crocs, you would have to watch them like a hawk. Suburban Darwin has a few spots but regional areas more problematic.

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Kid Friendly Land Based Spots?

What Matt said. Elizabeth Jetty might be the best option (except for the midges). Could try Channel Island, Mandorah, Dundee and Gunn Beach. Maybe Manton and Lake Bennett too.


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Post Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Kid Friendly Land Based Spots?

Sand whiting off cas beach is always fun for the kids

Also - burly with bread off fannybay rocks at high tide for mullet, gar fish and the odd milk fish.


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Post Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:12 am    Post subject: Re: Kid Friendly Land Based Spots?

Thanks for the suggestions all. We have done all the usual spots - Elizabeth River, Channel Island, East Point
Thinking of Gunn Point Beach. However I have never been there before.
With a morning high tide, has anyone got any tips for the area?
will be taking a throw net to hopefully put some live baits out while the kids fish with squid/prawns


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Post Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Kid Friendly Land Based Spots?

Gunn pt beach or mandorah is pretty safe til the box jellyfish come through later in the year..

6m plus high running in or the start of the runout in that area is the go.

The highs that coincide with crack of dawn or sunset fish better than midday. Sometimes you can flick lures but unweighted baits or putting a tiny sinker on the livies will be easier.??There's a fair few creeks to try around the mouths of especially if you have a decent 4wd.

Hope this helps u get onto em.. .

Dont be scared to throw out a really big live mullet on a 100lb handline if you're interested in a battle....

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:16 am    Post subject: Re: Kid Friendly Land Based Spots?

Thanks Goldfish. will definitely try and get some mullet and see what happens.
Do you go all the way down to the end of gunn point road or turn left after the leaders creek turn off?
Spot X or keep going down O?


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Post Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:14 am    Post subject: Re: Kid Friendly Land Based Spots?

Spot X. You can drive north up the beach to the creek up the top. Be warned, there are at least a dozen wrecks out there from people who got bogged in the mud while playing chicken with the tide.


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Post Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:52 am    Post subject: Re: Kid Friendly Land Based Spots?

Spot X is a good creek and one of the bigger ones accessible by land but generally heaps of nomads pull up here. :banghead:

Spot O isn't the leaders road - it goes past the prison farm and continues to a mobile phone tower and on towards Glyde point. :D

I use this road to access the northern end of Gunn beach we then beach launch here and its a 5min run to the blue holes and 15min will see you in 50m of water in the channels near the Vernons. 8)
The roads are genetally not too bad and I've driven them in 2wd a lot of the time running 35s. If you do intend to drive on the beach go prepared as some of the sand there is super soft and even at 60km hr can stop you particularly if you are towing a trailer... I go with another vehicle bot of us have a winch or a couple of snatch straps and a long handled shovel and 8 maxx tracks. As dannett mentioned theres a few wrecks from beginners out that way. Run the tyres at 15psi and use 3rd and 4th low and you should be fine. Just remember the air compressor to pump them up for the drive home. :mrgreen:

You get reception out there on telstra so just turn your location on and google maps then go for an explore. The prison farm is a good spot to play at but just beware it's full of asbestos. Spend a couple of nights minimum and you should get onto a few. There's a steep hill just near the end of the road - low range and skills recommended. It leads to a coffee rock outcrop and we regularly get barra and salmon around it on crack of dawn or dusk.

When running along the beach stick to the upper bits keep the pace up and you will be fine.... most of the time :mrgreen: check youtube for a few good clips out that way....''landcruiser crossing recovery'' is s prime example of what not to attempt.

Even in a modified vehicle you will still get stuck big time.

Just DON'T DRIVE ALONG THE SHELL LINES OR VEGETATION as this is where a lot of the small critters live and feed . :evil:

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:59 am    Post subject: Re: Kid Friendly Land Based Spots?

Thanks for the info fellas!
Got the kids up early and left home about 6am hoping to catch the last of the incoming tide.
Found the spot easily enough and got there just on sunrise. Wow what a beautiful area!
First thing we noticed though was the 20 or so camper vans parked up just above the beach!
Grabbed the rods and headed for the mouth of the creek. Scanned the water for some mullet but nothing to be seen.
So set the rods up with prawn and squid baits and sat back and waited and waited and waited. Nope nothing, not a single touch.
Kids were getting restless so took them for a walk up the beach in search for some live bait. Again nothing!
By this time the tide was fully in and we still hadn't had a single touch. :banghead:
After a couple of hours I decided to call it a day and take the little ones to swimming instead.
Will definitely be back to suss the place out properly (without kids in tow). Looks very fishy and I'm sure its just a matter of working out the best time/tide to fish it.
BTW - Gunn point road was great!


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