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The Channel Flats

Hinchinbrook Channel is 110sq km of endless mangrove lined creeks, rivers, tidal flats, sandy dropoffs and deep rocky holes.

Receding tidal waters reveal thousands of prehistoric mud skippers (air breathing fish) that appear when the mud flats are exposed along with armies of fiddler crabs that seem to be saying 'hi' as they wave an orange claw in an enthralling action.

Fishing the flats can supply exciting action at high tide and as the tide falls drains and drop-offs are formed and bait schools are forced out by the receding waters.

Sprays of shimmering baitfish or prawns often reveal the presence of hungry barra on the prowl.  This is prime hunting time on the flats for the mighty barramundi - Australia's premier tropical inshore sportfish.

There is no greater thrill than to have a large barramundi explode from the shallows boat side after inhaling a well presented fly or lure.  The flats at high water are also a feeding ground for trevally, Australian snub nose dart (permit), Indo pacific tarpon and the highflying queenfish - all available either on fly or lure to anglers with good presentation.

 

Fly fishing the flats requires reasonable water clarity and this tends to be through the winter months and on into spring before the monsoons and big tides arrive and cloud the water somewhat.

Lure fishing the flats is year round with activity reaching a high point during the warmer months.  If you have experienced the excitement of saltwater flat fishing then consider Crackajack Sportfishing Adventures and the channel flats with your guide Todd Eveleigh.