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    craig jenkins (Strikezone) Guest

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    Weipa Fishing Report

    February, 2006

    Barramundi, Queenfish & Fingermark where on the bite during February, we had missed out on the wet season rain for the month and it seamed like the fish where taking advantage of the great weather!

    February is normally known as the wettest time of the year here in Weipa. Not this year however the only rain we received was with passing storms, we had missed out on the badly needed rain for the month. Great sunny days, low southeast to northeast winds.

    On the beach, jelly prawns are making their migration along the beaches and up into the rivers. Jelly prawns attacted a lot of attention, as there are not many spieces that don’t love to feed on these tiny prawns. Giant Manta Rays feast on the schools of prawns a few hundred metres off shore, they put on quite a show while herding the prawns into ever tighten schools, then with mouth open wide swim through the prawn soup filtering the water with their gills.
    Schools of Barramundi, Blue Salmon, Queenfish & Giant Herring would terrorize the prawns schools once they hit the shoreline. A fly rod is the perfect tool to target these fish, however so called matching the hatch is not easy, the prawns are only 2.5 cm or 1 inch in length and almost invisible with two tiny black dots for eyes and two minute red wishers. A small all white clouses is a good substitute and will work most of time. The best method is to get the fly in front of the fish, the more times the fish sees your fly the better chance of a take. This is not an easy task when the fish are in a feeding frenzy, they are swimming fast, constantly changing direction and surrounded by their favorite food. The jelly prawns are great and will come in waves over the next few months.
    There is a dark cloud that follows this silver lining and that’s the box jellyfish. The Boxy as it’s locally known, is with out a doubt the most deadliest sea creacher that graces our shores. Their almost transparent box shaped heads trails about 16 tentacles, covered in millions of stinging cells. The jellyfish range in size up to head of 20 centimeters across which is the biggest I have seen in our waters. A jellyfish this size would have no problems killing an adult. It’s not the time for wading and in some places along the beaches the jelly fish where so numerous it would be impossible to cast with-out your line landing on one, needless to say the fish where pretty safe in these areas. The good thing is they are only around for a short time and will be gone by the end of March the start of my guiding season.

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    craig jenkins (Strikezone) Guest

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    Weipa fishing reoprt FEB PART TWO
    I managed to get out to the reef twice during the month, to do some jigging. We found a few good schools of Fingermark, they where eager to eat the 1 ounce lead head jigs, tied with white fire tail a few strands of flashabou on a 5/0 hook. I like to use my 6-12 lb imx G.loomis, 203a Daiwa millionaire reel with 14lb fire line, a typical Barramundi out-fit. We found one patch of reef where we jigged up 18 fish ranging in size up to 8 lbs in a session.
    On both days we came across schools of feeding Queenfish casting slightly smaller jigs into the feed frenzy connected us up to 6 to 8 lb fish. Queenfish surface feeding like this are great to take on fly, small surf candies match the hardy heads baitfish well. Queenfish can even be taken by letting the fly slowly sink like a dead baitfish.
    I am looking forward to the huge bait balls that will be coming in to the bay during March, April & May. Queenfish, Tuna, Mackerel, Cobia & Trevally are a few of the spieces that will wreak havoc on the bait schools. Stay tuned for all up and coming action that.
    I’ll keep you posted”.

    River fishing:
    Casting hard body lures up on the shallow mangrove flats worked well for barramundi, an hour each side of the high tide was the most productive. Using buoyant shallow diving lures are best, cast up against the mangrove letting the lure settle on the water for a few seconds before starting your retrieve, giving the Barramundi time to scene the lure. Being an ambush feeder Barramundi will sneak up behind the lure and when it moves it’s inhaled. Another good method it to let the lure float up to the surface between twitches. When the lure is twitched use a sharp 6-inch motion this will make a small splash on the surface before diving and then wind up the slack while the lure floats up to the surface again then repeat. By adjusting you lure bib by heating and increasing the angle of the bib to almost 90 degrees to the lure you can use this method to make the lure pop on the surface “a real Boof-bait”.

    Sea ya in the “Strikezone”

    Craig Jenkins.

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    Johnny was next to hook-up the fish was fighting hard to make it back to the bottom which it did, bricked him. I got Johnny to release the pressure, sometime the fish just swim free of the structure which it did,” sometime you win”. Johnny quickly loaded the rod again and got the fish off the bottom, before long he had a nice Coral Trout on the surface. “Yum baked Trout”, we landed the fish and were going to get a few photos of the Trout before dispatching it. Johnny held the fish up for a shot, I got one photo then ask him to move for another, then the fish seemed to get a look at freedom and with a flick of it’s tail the fish come free of Johnathan’s grip bounced on the gunal, then into the water “and some times you lose”.

    I am not sure if the Trout tipped off the other fish but it was the last one we had caught there. We decided to give trolling another chance so I tied on two more lures and we trolled off heading towards home. About fifteen minutes later Johnny hooked up again to another solid fish, I kept the boat going forward slowly to see if we could get another bite on the other lure. This didn’t work; I knocked the motor out of gear and instructed Nicole wind-in quickly. Her lure was just about in when she had a strike, the reel drag was singing again. Johnny’s fish had worked its way free and Nicole had just turned her fish for the first time. Nicole was locked in a to a tug of war for twenty-five minutes until we got the first glimpse of colour, a big Giant Trevally. It was about another ten minutes until the fish was up on the surface. I was keen for some more photos, but Nicole’s arms had turned to jelly after the fight so we decided to release the fish in the water.
    By this time a strom in the distance was brewing up a few lighting bolts. Although the storm was along way away I was feeling a bit like a floating conductor and decided to head for home early, plenty on time to defrost some steak.

    Tight Lines
    Craig Jenkins

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    Capt Craig Jenkins (Unregistered Guest) Guest

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    Weipa Fishing Report

    January, 2006
    Weather: Typical wet season weather, sunny one minute then pouring with rain the next.
    Wind has been switching around from Southeast to Northwest 5 - 25 knots.

    January is a quite time here in Weipa most days are spent in doors out of the rain and the wind. A good opportunity to catch up on all that paperwork that comes with running a small business. Setting up and planning for the year ahead, organizing the trips for the year, etc…
    An exciting thing that I have been working on this month is planning our new web site to which this report will be attached. My new web designer Stuart Tremain from idfk web developments, came highly recommended and I can see why. Stuart brings new and exciting ideas and improvements to the site. The new site will include fly recipes, guest book; new fishing reports, photo gallery and much more, the site will be constantly upgraded and improved. We would like to receive input, ideas that will make the site more interesting, if you have a fly recipe, a story or information that you would like to see on the site e-mail me the details and if its relative, it will be added to the site.

    I have managed to sneak out a couple of times during the month, fishing with my family mostly, we have been heading out on early mornings. Fishing a place called Westminster, about 20 minute trip south of Weipa. I have a few rocks marked in 8 metres of water a good place for reef spieces like Finger Mark, these fish are closely related to the Mangrove Jacks in shape and pulling power. We have caught Finger Mark up to 15kgs, can you imagine how hard a 15 kg Jack would pull? They swim in large schools going from reef to reef looking for bait fish, this is the reason why they hard to find sometimes.

    When a school is found its normally actions stations as long as the fish think there is food in the area they will hang around. A good trick is to keep a hooked fish in the water, while that fish is thrashing around, the other fish will stay close; berley can have the same affect. The best way I have found to locate these fish is by trolling extra deep diving lures, I always have other rods rigged with lead head jigs. Once a hooked fish gets close to the boat drop down the jigs normally the other fish will be all over them and then a great fishing session begins. There are only a few lures that I have found that get down to 8 metres although there are quite a lot that claim too. Halco Crazy Deeps are one of my favorite for this. Although trolling is my least favorite way to catch fish it is an affective way to cover a lot of water in a short time, which can be the difference between lots of fish and no fish. We slowed down as we approached the spot with all the rods rigged and ready to go, we dropped over the lures. It wasn’t long before we come up to the rocks my wife Nicole and son Johnny where holding a rod each. The lures tapped the rocks as they were towed across them. Nicole’s reel started screaming, these aren’t small out fits Penn 15 kg power sticks & spin fishers 850’s with 30 lb fire line. A few seconds later Johnny’s rod was bent over backwards two good fish definitely Finger Mark, excellent we where on to them, I thought to my self. This end-up as a very brief encounter with both fish making it back to the rocks, the 70 lb leaders cut like cotton. Thirty dollars in lures, gone in a few minutes, “great”. I quickly grabbed the other rods, we dropped the jig’s to the bottom lifted them off the bottom half a metre and then began jigging. The boat slowly drifted away from the rocks without a bite, we had blowen our chance. We drifted over the spot a few more times with no luck at all; it was plain to see these fish had hightailed it. I had a few more rocks marked on the GPS a few hundred metres away so we headed off to try them. We motored off to the next set of rocks; we decided to try the jigs again. Dropping them down to the bottom then up a few turns of the reels handle and then bounce the rod tip. My daughter Jaymie was the first to hook up, a good solid fish, heading to the surface and fast. The fish broke the surface a big Queenfish jumped into the air trying desperately to dislodge the jig. The Queenfish kept Jaymie on her toes for the next 15 minutes, we landed the fish for a couple of quick photo’s then released.

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