Fish’s Fly and Sportfishing Charters – Weipa Queensland

Weipa, gateway to the western cape is situated on the eastern side of the Gulf of Carpentaria, and about two-thirds of the way up the western shore of Cape York. Serviced by daily commercial aircraft makes this small mining town one of the most accessible remote locations in Australia.

With protection from the prevailing south easterly winds for most of the year, and a multitude of pristine rivers and coastline for both light tackle sport fishing and flyfishing, the range of species available is second to nowhere else in the country

With more than 55 species of fish available to fly and lure, our fishing trips strive to incorporate walking the beaches and flats, and fishing creeks, rivers and estuary. Our vessels are also set up for fishing offshore for larger pelagic species either with fly or lure.

Come to Weipa and catch such great sportfish as; Queenfish, GT’s, Barramundi, Giant Herring, Golden Trevally, Permit, Milkfish, Spanish Mackerel, Grey Mackeral, Longtail Tuna and many more fish species. Catch Cobia and Golden Trevally off the backs of giant Manta Rays, or walk the pristine beaches and sight cast to cruising Queenfish and Trevally. Almost all of the tropical fish species abound here in an extremely diverse fishing environment.

With purpose built fishing boats and well maintained tackle, we cater for all levels of expertise from raw novice to expert incorporating tuition and discussion on all levels of the sport.

All of our qualified fishing guides have extensive knowledge of all styles of fishing from live baiting to fly fishing and detailed knowledge of the area giving you more effective fishing time on the water.

We can also help you arrange all types of accommodation from self contained cabins to 5 star fishing lodge, with all meals and transfers, and we can cater for individuals and groups of up to 10.

Get together with one, or a few of your mates and embark on the fishing adventure of a life time and let us show you how good fishing Cape York can be.

Fish's Fly & Sportfishing shared Fisheries NT's video. ...

Barotrauma in Golden Snapper, The Video Explained. The video shows the immediate response and recovery of released golden snapper (Lutjanus johnii) from various depths. This was a pilot study investigating post release mortality rates and the effectiveness of returning fish back to capture depth (e.g. using a release weight). Golden snapper were caught using conventional tackle to simulate capture by the average recreational angler. They were not “winched” to the surface nor were they bought up slowly. All the fish were handled the same before being released into the cage and then returned to capture depth. None of the fish were vented before being returned to depth. Results The snapper captured at 8 metres were able to hold position in the water column and move freely about the cage. There were no visible signs of barotrauma associated injuries. The fish caught from depths of 14 and 23 metres lacked coordination and were unable to regulate their depth within the water column. All fish exhibited visible signs of barotrauma on capture (ie bloated abdomen, everted stomach). After the experiment fish from different depths were euthanized and autopsied to assess any internal injuries. The combined results of the underwater experiments and the autopsies demonstrated the long term survival prospects for golden snapper caught from 8 metres of water was good, however snapper caught from depths of greater than 10 metres were clearly limited in their ability to swim and escape predation. These fish also suffered potentially fatal internal injuries rendering them highly unlikely to survive release. Conclusion Golden snapper are not suitable for catch and release in water deeper than 10 metres due to the effects of barotrauma and should not be targeted just for sport. Catch what you need for a feed and move on. Watch this space for updates on the project as Fisheries carry out similar research on some of our other popular reef fish species.

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Went out wide today to try to catch a Xmas sail and managed 7 from 10 so not a bad result heh? ...

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Jason Owens, Mark Bargenquast, Alan Philliskirk, Sue Philliskirk ...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our valued clients!!! Have a happy and festive season. Looking forward to seeing you in 2017!!! From Fish, Owey, Bargy and Sue.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our valued clients!!!
Have a happy and festive season.
Looking forward to seeing you in 2017!!!
From Fish, Owey, Bargy and Sue.
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12 months in the planning and our end of the year trip finally came off! Clicking over 700 nautical miles upon arriving back at the Weipa ramp we travelled over 10 days in our 6m boats from Weipa to Hicks and Haggerstone islands on the east coast.
Thanks must go to Talina Obrian and Suzy Macdonald at Seisia and Scott and Linda Macahon at Hicks island for their help in putting this epic trip together. The weather wasn't great to start the trip and we found ourselves under the covers for a few days. Luckily Rusty and Bron were there at the oyster farm on turtle head to help out with weather reports and a few fresh baked anzac cookies. Finally the weather came good and although the wet season did what it does at this time of year there was some glorious days and some great fishing and diving, not to mention the abundant black lipped oysters which we pigged out on. and the crayfish pizzas at Scott and Linda's Reef View house on Hicks. So all in all a great adventure and we learnt a lot both about living in small boats and about the area in general so now to concentrate on Xmas and family!
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Come to Weipa and let us show you just how good the fishing can be!