Fishing Styles › Fly Fishing
I have been asked
this question numerous times; you don't catch billfish on fly do you?
Well in this neck
of the woods a very specialized angling technique has proved very successful
on all manner of Pacific gamefish that inhabit the fish rich waters of
the Great Barrier Reef.
Barrier Reef offers many opportunities for the big game fly fisherman.
From June to September large numbers of juvenile Black Marlin and Sailfish
congregate inside the Barrier Reef between Cairns and Townsville.
These fish offer anglers
the best opportunity for landing Marlin on fly in the world. The action
can be red hot with up to 20 shots a day. Bait and switch techniques are
used, giving the angler the best opportunity to make an easy cast to excited,
lit up fish using 12 to 14 wt rods and quality large capacity reels.
There are basically
two periods when to fly fish. From June to September for juvenile
black marlin and sailfish to 50 kg (120lb) and from September to December
for Black Marlin from medium to as large as you are game to cast to outside
the reef between Cairns and Lizard Island.
If you want a world
record, this is the place to be with opportunities in line classes using
10 to 16 weight tackle abound!
Other prime bluewater
targets include spanish mackerel (king), yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna,
cobia, mackerel and dolphin fish.
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