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Fishing Reports

11 May 2001 - Volume 5 Issue 4

The changing of the seasons is upon us and we are experiencing some truly magical weather. Clear balmy days, virtually no humidity, little wind and only light puffy clouds. Daytime temps in the late 20s, night time a little cooler which is great to sleep in. Its just perfect on the water and the reef charter industry, fishing, diving and general trips are just packing them in.

The Rivers

Fantastic fishing reports are coming in from all over the region the old adage "the better the weather, the better the fishing" sure hold true for our neck of the woods. Barra are everywhere, feeding on the weed beds, patrolling the gutters and feeding on any small tributary or soak draining into the main rivers. Casting lures and flies has produced great results in most waters. A lot of the fish are juveniles though, but many fish in the 80+ cm mark are coming on board. Great sport on 6 10 kg spinning gear.

The queenfish run is continuing down at the mouth of the Russell / Mulgrave, metre long balls of gyrating silver streaks attached to surface poppers is an amazing site.

Still plenty of jacks, cod and flathead about too.

A few of the innovative guides are scoring well on bigger barra by trolling the deeper sections of the riverbeds. A quality depth sounder is a must to help locate the holding structure and obviously deep diving lures are the go.

Trinity Inlet

This system too has been firing. One report a few days ago of a monster 40 lb black jew coming from the deep hole out from the sugar terminal. These magnificent fish only come into this system when conditions are very clean. Plenty of barra being caught using live sardines and big live prawns while lure casting is also producing the goods. This system is huge and the diversity of species astounding. From barra to jacks, queenies to trevally, salmon to grunter, flathead to fingermark they have all been about in quality sizes.

Blue Water / Reef Fishing / Game Fishing

Conditions have been ideal on the water and the reef fishing has really turned it on. As the waters cool the fish, especially coral trout, move back to the shallow reefs to feed and later spawn. They are much easier targets at this time of year and offer great sport and eating qualities. Nannygai should show up on the deeper rubble patches, especially at night with the Kings Point region also worth a look. Any number of big fish congregate around this deep water, GTs, golden trevally, jew, fingermark, cod and reds are about.

Sharpen up your mackerel rigs as this year looks like being a bumper. Spotties (mackerel) will soon start to show up at the entrance leads and an early morning assault is well worth the effort.

Local skipper, Kim Anderson of New Moon III scored the big win in the Yorkeys Knob Fishing Challenge last weekend. No billies were raised but they scored heavily on tuna (longtail, yellowfin, and dogtooth), spaniards, GTs, barracuda and shark mackerel all great light tackle sport fish.

The Cape

The species list is just as amazing as the fishery - most weeks anglers are reporting landing over 20 different types of fish.

Dave Donald of Weipa reports "spectacular king salmon fishing in one session my clients hooked (and lost) kings to 7 kilos as fast as they could get their baits in. Once hooked they went like runaway trains. We found fingermark on the bite in a favourite hole but had trouble getting our live baits through the queenfish that were milling below the boat. There were about 5 queenies landed for every fingermark". Seisia isnt doing too bad either!

Check out my separate report on my recent trip to Princess Charlotte Bay (to be posted soon).

New Packages

As reported last month, the site upgrades just keep coming new charter vessel profiles are up on the charters section.

Our web developer has done a fantastic job of these files in PDF format (free downloads of Adobe Acrobat Reader are available) and will show you exactly what the various operators have to offer you. Vessel images together with complete descriptions, sizes and carrying capacity together with a brief run down on the type of operation most suited to the particular boat is included for your reference.

We can in most instances match your preferred angling style to the vessels of your choice (subject to availability, seasonal conditions and target species)


As with the boat profiles mentioned above our new accommodation section will give you the complete picture on a broad cross section of preferred providers. From 5 star hotels, city resorts, self contained units, bed and breakfast and cabins are all fully detailed. We have even included our remote Cape York operators as well as Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity & Mission Beaches. And if you cant find exactly what you are looking for in holiday accommodation on our site just drop us a line and well source something to suit your requirements.

See you on the water,
Les Marsh

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