It looks like the good weather is finally here to stay for a few months with glass out mornings and thunder storms in the late afternoons.
The early morning glass outs have ensured that plenty of small boats have been getting amongst the action offshore and many have been pleasantly rewarded. There has been some fantastic light tackle billfish action over the last month and the recent Weipa Billfish Classic was a testament to the great light tackle fishing on offer. Plenty of fish were raised over the two day event and team ‘Last Cast’ took out the event managing to land four out of the nine billfish tagged over the comp. Not surprising as the team consisted of local guides Ben Bright and Alan Philliskirk with Kristy Philliskirk and Jason Owens on board to round out the team. The two day event saw a total of 27 billfish raised, 16 hooked and 9 tagged with countless mackerel, tuna, trevally and queenfish all too eager to steal the well-presented skip baits.
With the barra season still closed many anglers have been taking advantage of the good weather to head out chasing trout, golden snapper, tuskfish and black jew. Although the trout aren’t usually record breakers, fishing the inshore rubble patches anglers have still been managing a tasty esky of trout to 500mm.
There have been some massive jewies on the chew heading around the Dyfken area. A mate recently caught and released a fish over 1300mm long and anyone who has caught this species knows how hard they pull. Getting a fish like this back to the boat before one of the resident groupers steals your prized catch is a great effort.
There has been some red hot trevally action out on the pylons and in a recent session on soft plastics and metal knife jigs saw a mate and I having our arms well and truly stretched. On almost every cast GT around 15kg would follow the lures right back to the boat and then smash it at the surface. This sort of fishing is very visually entertaining and to see a meter of trevally hit your lure boat side leaves you covered in water from head to toe and a grin from ear to ear. I never get sick of chasing trevally!
There has also been countless Spanish hanging around the schools of bait in the main shipping channel. These are mainly school sized fish around 5-8kg however we’ve been managing the odd fish around 12-15kg, which start to give you a decent fight on 20lb spin gear.
|Until next month, stay safe on the water and if you’re looking for some red hot light tackle b||illfish and pelagic action, do yourself a favour and hook up with one of Weipa’s guides for a day - you won’t be disappointed!|