Standout pelagics on offer
  |  First Published: July 2012

As expected for this time of year, the pelagic action has been red hot with some standout fish being caught.

Spaniards to 30kg have been hooked around Nine Mile and fish of this size require reels with a decent line capacity and smooth drags. There have been football field sized schools of trevally in the clean water with species ranging from bludger, to GT and plagues of the hard pulling brassy trevally.

Around the headlands anglers have reported some great giant herring, permit, golden trevally and queenfish. Mainly caught by fly anglers, these species have been caught in 150cm of water and sure make a spectacular visual fight – they make Weipa one of Queensland’s premier fly fishing destinations.

There has also been some standout fishing in the Hey and Mission rivers for the usual estuary culprits. We have had good sessions of 50+ fingermark taken on soft plastics from the upper reaches of both rivers around the rock bars. Although we managed to catch them on a variety of plastics including Squidgy Fish and Z-Man Swimmers, the 3” Swimming Mullet by Berkley Gulp was the standout plastic. While people often comment on lack of need for lure colour choice when fishing with scented plastics like Gulp, in my experience when targeting jack and fingermark on Cape York, the pumpkinseed colour is very hard to beat.

The Wenlock and Archer rivers have been absolutely firing with some of the best barra fishing I have seen in years. Both rivers have been consistently fishing well and producing cricket score numbers of big barra in the upper reaches.

While trips to these rivers require a bit more time and effort in planning, the results for savvy fishers will be worth the extra input.

Weipa Classic

The 2012 Weipa Classic was held at the beginning of June and this year’s theme was all about family, fishing and fun.

The competition is probably the biggest event of the year for Weipa and is enjoyed by both local residents and tourists alike. There was live entertainment, plenty of exhibitors displaying quad bikes, fishing and hunting equipment, various boats for sale and a variety of food and beverage venues. There was a lucky door price that consisted of a BMT package and this year’s top prize boat was the amazing all-rounder Haines Signature 485 generously donated by The Haines Group.

There were plenty of species eligible for weigh in which include, king salmon, fingermark, tusk fish, queenfish, trevally, mackerel, barra and a combined reef fish category of trout, red emperor and nannygai. There was also a separate billfish category that was catch and release only. There were over $100,000 in prizes on offer and entries limited to 2200 ticket holders, it is a must do event and be sure to book it into your 2013 calendar.

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