Tuna and trevally mayhem
  |  First Published: July 2007

Winter has definitely arrived up here in Weipa, so it will be out with the jumpers for morning trips up the river into those cool south easterlies.

It really only takes a few cold nights to drop the water temperatures and slow down the feeding habits and activity of most estuary species. Moving around to find fish that are feeding is a good way to keep your rod bent.

Offshore in winter is a different story, as the pelagic fish thrive in the slightly cooler water and it’s just a matter of watching for diving or circling birds and bait schools on your sounder. Find birds or bait schools and action won’t be far away.

June started off with a bang, with large schools of northern bluefin tuna going off in the deeper water south of Weipa. Anglers had some great sessions casting and trolling through the mayhem. Underneath the surface action, tealeaf trevally have been thick, with some larger goldens and brassy trevally thrown in to keep the drag washers warm.

Sharks continue to be a problem when trying to land bigger fish and generally, the longer the fight, the more chance of it being eaten.

On the bottom, reef fish have also been on the go, with plenty of fingermark, tuskfish and large-mouth nannygai giving clients an enjoyable evening meal.

The rivers, while having slowed a little, have still been fishing well, particularly on the spring tides. Cricket score catches of fingermark have been made in the deeper holes with plenty of grunter and tealeaf trevally also responding well to live baits.

July should be a fantastic month for offshore fishing. Both narrow and broad-barred mackerel should move closer to the coast in the Weipa area, so keep your eyes peeled for obvious surface action. Also look out for bait schools without surface action, as the mackerel often remain underneath. Jigging and trolling with a short length of wire are recommended methods.

The rivers will continue to fish well throughout July on the spring tides, but will generally be pretty quiet when the tides are neaping. Try the shallows and flats for barra during and after a warm morning in winter, as this can often trigger some great action in the pockets of warm water.

Live baits will continue to catch good-sized specimens throughout July if fished patiently in the right places. Try creek mouths on the run-out tide and the start of the run-in tide. Areas of shallow rock will also produce results on the start of the run-in tide.

We still have occasional places for groups of 6-9 anglers later in the year, so log onto www.weipafishing.com or give me a call on (07) 4069 9064 or drop me an email on --e-mail address hidden-- to find out if we can get you into some of the best fishing action going.

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