Picky Pleasures
  |  First Published: December 2010

The big wet is here again in Tropical North Queensland. For us fishing guides in Weipa it also marks the end of our working season, and the start of four long months of rec fishing.

The wet season can make fishing in the north very uncomfortable, however if you pick your days right and make it home early before the usual afternoon thunderstorms, there is some excellent fishing to be had.

November has seen some great fishing offshore and up the estuaries. Reports of some consistent numbers of large barramundi have been flooding in – all while targeting mangrove jacks and king salmon I am assured! Football fields of longtail tuna and Spanish macks have continued to chew their way through the month, and things are looking great for December.

A handful of locals have set their sights on chasing those seemingly elusive sailfish with some awesome results. Catches of nine in a day have been reported, with the occasional black marlin thrown in for good measure. It is good to see new windows of angling opportunity open up in wonderful Weipa – well done boys.

The estuaries have also been firing this month. Good catches of king salmon, fingermark, mangrove jack and barramundi have kept anglers busy. The larger barra have been found in good numbers along the rocky headlands and mangrove edges close to river mouths.

Lure casting has provided some great entertainment for myriad tropical sportfish, however live bait fishing has consistently landed those larger specimens when fished in draining gutters and creek mouths. Please remember that this is the time of year for barramundi to spawn, so careful handling and quick release will ensure more stocks for the future.

Expect to see a continuation of reasonable river fishing over December, at least until the wet brings in large volumes of fresh water creating very dirty, turbulent conditions. These conditions make river fishing very difficult, however fishing the beaches and coastlines will turn up some great fish.

Offshore, fishing reefs with soft plastics and bait will produce excellent catches of fingermark and nannygai, however be sure to pick your days correctly and being home early will ensure you miss those hairy afternoon squalls. Not a good time of year for graphite rods!

Well it has been a fantastic year of fishing up here in Weipa, I hope you have all had as much fun as I have, and be sure to have a safe Christmas and new year. The 2011 season is filling up fast, so if you would like to fish with us next year, get in early and check out our website at www.weipafish.com.au

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