King Threadfin are a popular target for sportfishers due to the level of skill required to be able to target them successfully and often.

  • Overview


    Crystal Bowl GBR is aiming to examine 3 core measures across a wide range of species in the region:

    • Fishing experience (how many fish per trip)
    • Quality of the fish (size of fish)
    • Community attitudes (number of legal size fish kept or released)


    Fishing Experience

    • 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported a catch rate of 0.09 fish/fisher/day
    • Weipa ranked 6th in the state for King Threadfin Catch Rates


    Quality of the Fish

    • 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 680mm in 2017
    • Weipa ranked 8th in the state for the average length of King Threadfin however, due to the small sample size this ranking is unreliable


    Community Attitudes

    • 76% of legal size fish reported by recreational fishers in the 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys were released
    • 71% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by locals
    • Weipa ranked 4th in the state for the number of fish released
  • Forecast

    Moderate Take For Consumption Advised

    • Boyne Tannum hookup catch rate between 1.2 and 1.6 fish/fisher/day
    • 95% of Yellowfin Bream in the Boyne Tannum Hookup will be between 270 and 290mm
    • Recruitment is likely to be moderate


    Heavy harvesting of Bream is not recommended, but a moderate take for consumption is unlikely to adversely affect stocks based on available data. Evidence from the Qld Fisheries boat ramp surveys suggests that most fish are released but with only a single year of data, this will need to be assessed as additional data is collected.

     NOTE: Moderate take means taking what is required for immediate needs.

  • Qld FIsheries Boat Ramp Surveys - General Fishers

    Monitoring of Recreational Catch by Qld Fisheries

    Queensland Fisheries monitors boat ramps up and down the coast as a part of the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy. Fishers Weipa report catching King Threadfin with most being released. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • A total of 21 King Threadfin were reported at Weipa in 2017
    • King Threadfin were not commonly reported, ranking 19th in 2017
    • An average size of 680mm was reported by fishers in 2017
    • Fishers reported a catch rate of 0.09 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • 76% of fish reported in 2017 were released
    • 71% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by locals
    • The peak period for King Threadfin catches in 2017 was during March


    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard


  • Sportfishers

    King Threadfin as a Sports Species

    King Threadfin are a prized sports species in most locations across Queensland. In Weipa, King Threadfin are targeted mostly by Sportfishers.

    • A catch rate of 1.64 fish/fisher/day was reported for King Threadfin in 2017. Monitoring is ongoing for 2018
    • The catch mix in 2017 comprised 89% legal sized fish and 11% trophy fish. No undersize fish were reported in 2017.
    • The most common King Threadfin size reported in 2017 were fish in the 901-1000mm size range. 

    A snapshot of Sportsfishers catch data is available:

    Local Sportfishers

  • Commercial Fishing

    Commercial Fishing Catch

    Queensland Fisheries monitors commercial catches up and down the coast. Commercial fishers are required to maintain logbooks of catch and report quarterly. The commercial catch of King Threadfin in Weipa (see Area Fished sections) represented 1.15% share of the total statewide catch in 2017. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.

    • Commercial Catch rate reported in 2017 was 20.4kg/fisher/day. No catch data has been reported prior to 2017, since 2006
    • Only five licenses were active in 2017, with none active sine 2006.
    • The Commercial Catch in 2017 was 3.88T


    Weipa King Threadfin Commercial Catch Dashboard


  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of King Threadfin

    Data for this assessment has been sourced from:

    • Bureau of Meteorology
    • Queensland Fisheries
    • Local Sportfishers and Suntaggers


    Here are links to all the monitoring pages for King Threadfin:

  • Fishing Area

    Area Assessed

    Yellowfin Bream and Pikey Bream are caught throughout the Gladstone region. Commercially they are targetted in Grids S30,S31 (Gladstone) as well as T30,T31 (Rodds Bay) which are not included as that also covers Agnes Waters/1770.