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    craig jenkins (Strikezone) Guest

    Default Would you like the chance to w

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  2. #13
    craig jenkins (Strikezone) Guest

    Default Weipa Fishing Report Septemb

    Weipa Fishing Report
    September 2006.

    I was dumbfounded to hear the tragic news of Steve Irwin been killed by a Stingray. I admired Steve & what he was doing for not only Australian animals & reptiles but for creatures all over the world. It was a shame to see his life end so early. Although I never got to meet Steve he was regular visitor to Weipa and was here only a few days before his tragic accident. He would drop-in to the Weipa school talk to the children on his visits to town, my kids would come home after one Steve’s talks and be so excited to retell me his hole conversations what would seen to me almost word for word. Talking to the local kids would not gain him more publicity, just simply sharing his passion something he done so well. I always thought I would get to meet Steve, in hindsight I wish I would of went out of my way to track him down & shake his hand. “Croc’s Rule”


    Weather:

    Southeasterly winds were 15 to 25 knots for most of the month, with a temperature of 18 to 34c.


    Fishing:

    Rivers; September river fishing was still a little quiet because of the cooler water temperature. Again we found best Barramundi fishing on the bottom of the run-out tides and yes, fish where found on the shallow flats and gutter mouths in the warmer water.
    Because of the quiet river fishing around town I arranged a few trips up to the Wenlock River about an hour drive on a dirt road north of Weipa. We traveled upstream to fish in the freshwater and out to the saltwater mouth only to find the fishing slightly better then the local creeks.
    On a day-off I managed to get away with a friend for a play day. Now for someone that spends most days watching his clients catching fish what could be better then putting my own teachings to the test. We decided to fish the upper reaches of the Pine River. The Pine River is about 16 km northwest of Weipa in the north end of Albatross bay, a catch & released only river system so fish can be pretty good from time to time. To minimize noise switched off the outboard and rowed the boat in the tiny creeks, this paid off as we enjoyed sight casting small flies & unweighted plastics to hungry Barramundi that we spotted hiding in the mangrove snags. We caught 34 barramundi for the day, most where 50 to 60 cm in length, dropping one fish well over a metre.

    Blue water; Tuna numbers started to drop-off during September, most schools where found far south in the Thud Point area. The good news was that more & more Trevally where showing up on the bait balls.

    A few big Queenfish where turning up along the rock walls of Pera Heads, Thud Point & Boyd Bay. These 80 cm to a metre long Queenfish where eager to eat both flies & lures. However my favorite way of catching them has got to be spinning with poppers.
    Out on the pylons Brassy Trevally numbers increased fish to 8kg pulled hard and anglers had to work overtime keeping them out of the pylons.



    A Croc that grabbed a lure, we decided to bring it aboard for a few quick photos.


    Put the boat in at Glough’s Landing on the Wenlock River.


    We managed to catch a few muddies in the Wenlock.


    XOS Gold Spot.


    Walter caught this highflying Queenfish in Boyd’s Bay.


    Good friend Glen with a Catfish he was trying to let go before I got the camera out, “Got Ya”

    Craig Jenkins,
    Strikezone Fly & Sportsfishing
    www.flyfishweipa.com

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    craig jenkins (Strikezone) Guest

    Default Weipa Fishing Report August

    Weipa Fishing Report
    August 2006.

    Like July the off shore fishing was the hi-light of the month. Long Tails & Mack Tuna schools where smashing into bait schools down around Pera heads. Manta Rays where still out and about with Cobia up to 15 kg’s found under most Rays.


    Weather:

    Southeasterly winds were 15 to 20 knots for most of the month, with a temperature of 18 to 32c.

    Fishing:

    Rivers; River fishing was a little quiet this month. The best Barramundi fishing was at the bottom of the run-out tides looking for fish on the shallow flats and gutter mouths. Finding warm water was the key for successful fishing.

    Beaches; Fishing the rocky headlands on the early morning high tides produced some good size Barra. Shallow diving lures or floating fly lines where best in between the oyster rocks, once the fish is hooked it’s rods up high and do what ever it takes to keep them from cutting your line on the razor sharp oysters.

    Bluewater; Casting poppers to boomies and reef drop-off’s accounted for many big Queenfish, with a few poppers donated to huge GT’s that we couldn’t stop, even on heavy spin tackle. Reef Jack’s where also caught on poppers and bigger swimming lures most 4kg plus. Although they would hit the poppers as readily as the swimming lures, a Jack hitting a popper on the surface would give the angler a much-needed advantage.

    Spotted a few Manta Rays out on the reefs, I always keep a lookout for Manta’s while I am traveling down the coast, they are often followed by Trevally or Cobia. Some of the biggest Cobia’s caught where up to 15kgs.
    The harbor pylons still producing good numbers of Trevally, Giant, Brassy, Golden and Tealeaf.
    The smaller Tealeaf where the most dominate, compared to the other species of Trevally the Tealeaf are small in size, but not in fight.
    Most fish are between 2 to 4 kg. Fish are hooked just off the bottom close to the pylons, as they are brought to the surface the hooked fish are followed by other school members right up to the side of the boat keep the hooked fish in the water and the school will stay up on the surface. Dropping a lure or fly in front of any of these fish for an instant hook-up.




    A double hook-up of Mack Tuna for these Japanese Fly fishermen.


    Ray with a Cobia caught from under a Manta.


    Another big Weipa Queenfish.


    Fly casting in crystal clear water


    Craig Jenkins,
    Strikezone Fly & Sportsfishing
    www.flyfishweipa.com

  4. #11
    Capt Craig Jenkins (Stikezone) Guest

    Default Weipa Fishing Report June 20

    Weipa Fishing Report
    June 2006.

    Barramundi, Mangrove Jacks, King & Blue salmon continued to bite well though out the month of June with the best fishing taken place an hour either side of the low tide.
    June blue water fishing is always great but this year it seemed better than ever. On most days Long tail schools would stretched as fair as the eye could see, under the schools of Tuna would be Giant Trevally, Queenfish, Cobia, Spanish and Grey Mackerel. Once clients decided they had caught enough Tuna it was a matter of letting their lures and flies sink thought the Tuna and down to the other hungry fish below.

    Weather:

    Well the winter South easterlies are here 15 to 30 knots for most of the month, temperature 18 to 31c. As we are situated on the Western side of Cape York southeast winds blow off shore so the water is relatively calm.

    Fishing:

    On the Beach
    With the lower tides this time of the year beach fishing was limited to only a few days of the month. Fishing rocky headlands around Rainforest & Red Cliffs produced Barramundi, Queenfish, Giant Herring & the odd Tarpon to 3kg’s. Fish where caught on both lures & Flies, hard body lures included gold bombers, Lead’s Jack, Halco scorpions & other similar shallow running lures. Faster moving tides caused poor water clarity to intice strikes in the dirty water we fished bulky flies that pushed water including Gold Bombers, DK Dancers & Double bunny’s. The disadvantage on using such flies around rocks is snagging, mono or wire weed grads can decrease snags but also decrease your catch. I perfure to a floating lines, matching leader length to the depth of water being fished, fine tuning fly depth by altering your stripping speed.

    Blue Water
    Tuna schools extended from Red Cliffs down past False Pera, as close in as a few hundred metres from shore, which was great on those windy days. Tuna’s in such numbers make them easier to approach not disappearing as the boat comes into casting range like they are known to do. Mackerel, Queenfish, Cobia & Giant Trevally where under most of the Tuna Schools we found the problem was trying to get a lure or a fly to them with-out a Tuna hooking up on the surface. Sharks are also in on the action and unfortunately they where chasing what we were after, so we lost quite a few fish to hungry 6 to 8 foot Whalers & Bull Sharks.
    Spotted a lot of Manta Rays on some of the calmer days of the month, we counted 28 in area the size of two football fields. Cobia are well know to follow these amazing creatchers so we would go from Ray to Ray looking for their travel companions.
    We did manage to find a couple of Cobia but they were few and far between.


    Rivers
    June is fast becoming my favorite month of the year to fish the river, I’m not sure why that is, maybe it’s a change in the weather pattern the seasons seem to be around a month later the last couple of years.

    The prawns started to move out of the rivers the fish returned to eating baitfish like mullet and herring so we changed our lures to bigger hard bodies and larger flies like deceivers and gold bombers worked well. The best time to produce fish seamed to be an hour either side of the low tide with the start of the run in being productive. Just find a creek month with a snag at the entrance, anchor up, drop back your lures & flies to the hungry fish.

    Craig Jenkins,
    Strikezone Fly & Sportsfishing
    http://www.flyfishingweipa.com

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    craig jenkins (Strikezone) Guest

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    www.strikezonesportsfish.com.au March, 2006

    March was a quiet month for me fishing wise. I was on a family vacation for 3 weeks down on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Now I have no problem wading in croc & shark infested waters or chasing a wild boar though the Cape York bush lands but put me on a Gold Coast roller coaster next to my 10 year old and I’ll break out in a cold sweat. Much to the amusement to my 10 year old I must add.

    Weather:
    The weather had turned bad with a strong Northwesterly winds causing a large swell in Albatross bay.

    Fishing:
    Because of the large swell fishing was restricted to the river systems for most of the month. All fishing reports where pretty patchy. A couple of local fly fishers went out, to catch 16 good size Barramundi, only to go out the following day with similar conditions and not turn a scale. Barramundi where more regular of a night, up at the Mission River bridge was one of the best spots. Most Barramundi where caught on soft plastic’s. Finger Mark & Grunter where also biting, the creek mouths where the best locations. April sees the start of my 2006 charter season; I’m looking forward to bringing you an insight to my fishing season as it unfolds.

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