I often get asked many times throughout the course of my fishing year, when is the best time of year to come up to fish Weipa.
And while there is great fishing to be had at some time in every month of the year, for overall consistency of all types of fishing in Weipa I would to pick May as the best.
I find one of the hardest things to do in May is to decide where to go, with so many locations firing and so many techniques to use, it’s generally too hard to stick to a game plan.
An early Easter this year saw our first group of clients into some great action to kick the season off. The boys fished on a rotational basis between our three boats with Dan in the Humpin’ Dog doing exclusively offshore bottom fishing and jigging, and Shane in the 6m Hooker mixing it up with some offshore, estuary and landbased barra fishing, I spent the majority of the time working the estuaries over in my 580 Southwind using a mixture of lures and live bait.
The weather was absolutely beautiful for the full 4 days and I think almost every boat in Weipa saw action at some stage over the long weekend. The offshore bottom fishing with soft plastics and the ever reliable squid produced some top action. Good catches of fingermark, tuskfish and largemouth nannygai made for some beautiful meals at the Weipa fishing lodge, while schools of bludger and brassy trevally down deep made for some back breaking action on most days.
The rivers and estuaries also fired well even though the barra were what I would call a little quiet. We fished hard with live bait producing some great sessions with fingermark and grunter being found in plague proportions on more than one occasion. The boys also landed some ripper mangrove jack to 56cm and king salmon to 105cm. The best barra session came late one afternoon in a warm bay with over 30 being landed and released in short time, but for the most part of the weekend the barra proved tougher to find.
The water upriver and along the coast has really begun to clear during April and should be just about perfect for May.
Bait schools around the river mouths and wharves have really begun to get hammered during the early morning run out tides with queenfish being the main culprits.
Large schools of northern bluefin tuna will arrive in May and will provide hours of mind blowing action for those who head south along the coast in pursuit. Large flocks of terns and frigate birds cart wheeling above the hapless bait schools are a dead giveaway this time of year, but also watch the sounder when in and around this sort of action as a lot of other large pelagic species hang around below the tuna. A metal jig between 50-100g lowered to the bottom (if you can make it) and retrieved in a fast jigging motion back to the boat wont go unnoticed.Reads: 1397