The name Barramundi is derieved from an Australian Aboriginal language arouond the area of Rockhampton in Queensland and means "large-scaled river fish". Known in scientific circles as Asian seabass, it is also known as giant perch, giant seaperch, Australian seabass, and by a variety of other names, such as Ikan Siakap or Ikan Kakap Putih.
A great fighting fish and a very highly prized target fish.
An affectionate nickname for a “Diagramma pictum” the painted sweetlip. A sought after target for fly fishermen as the sometimes tail in shallow water and grub along in the sand looking for small crustaceans. They are quite a large foraging species that prove a sometimes difficult quarry for the flyfisherman hence the name “blue bastard”
The Blue Salmons colour is silver bluish green in appearance along the back and flanks this progresses to a shiny silver white belly area. The Blue salmon differs from the King Salmon having shorter thread like filaments and only up to four which are located below the pectoral fins. A good light tackle target and at times there are big schools along Weipa’s beaches.
Many anglers rate cobia as one of the best fighters in the ocean, generally giving it their all right up until you get a firm hold on them. They can perform extraordinary runs at speed, but are best known and respected for their sheer doggedness. And they are first-class on the plate too. These tough and spectacular gamefish are renowned for their habit of swimming in the company of manta rays or large sharks, and the visual presentation of a bait, lure or saltwater fly in these circumstances can be memorable if it results in a strike.
The Giant Herring can be recognised by its olive and silvery colour,slender body, relatively large mouth, single dorsal fin and strong forked tail. A spectacular fighting fish which can dazzle an angler with its speed and amazing jumps.
The GT is a ferocious and dogged fighter and can grow to 200lb.In Weipa most of the GT’s caught are not quite that big however they are no less tenacious and will certainly pull your string.
The “goldy” as it sometimes affectionately called is prolific along the Weipa shoreline. And sometimes showing up in large schools providing a fun target for both fly fishing and the conventional spinfisherman. Most of the bigger specimens however are taken jigging soft plastics or with live baits on the offshore reefs.
Or sometimes called threadfin salmon found in all of Weipa’s Albatross bay rivers are great fun on a rod and provide some exciting arial acrobatics and a nice feed back at the fishing lodge as they are possibly one of the top 5 table fish available around Weipa.
Previously called northern bluefin tuna, longtails are one of the most prolific species in the area during April – July and one of the most sought after sport fishing targets due to their speed and their willingness to take a lure or fly. The longtail is warm blooded like most tunas and has speed and energy to burn.
As with the other well known Lutjanid species the fingermark (Lutjanis johnii) we catch around Weipa and Cape York, these species prefer dense cover and will keep you on your toes as they have a tendency to grab the lure or fly as they are returning to that cover. Your reflexes had better be quick.
Considered one of the most challenging species to catch on a fly rod the milky is not only very difficult to tempt with a fly as it has such a diverse diet, including plankton but is also an awesomely powerful sportfish. This bullet shaped piscator has a huge tail and blinding speed that will amaze any fly fisherman lucky enough to hook one. All the stars need to align to get one of these to eat your fly!
Are quite prolific along the coastline around Weipa and are prized as a flyrod target. They can be quite difficult and sometimes frustrate the angler with their unwillingness to eat the fly. Conditions need to be right but they are a very catchable quarry for a good angler.
A very exciting sportfish and what tropical fishing is all about. The queenie grows to over 20kg an has and still does provide a heap of fun for all that hook them. One of our most abudant species both along the shore and offshore they pull hard and jump and do all the things that a great sportfish are expected to do.
Fast and furious this high speed predator will peel off line in seconds with its blistering pace.
Don’t get in the way of those teeth either, they can cut through flesh like a razor blade. Spaniards are here all year round, however, they are more prevalent inshore in the winter months.
Truthfully known as ox eye herring being of the same family of Megalops as the atlantic version “Megalops atlanticus” which grows to 300lb this little dynamite growing to about 5kg is no less worthy and will give an energetic airborne account of itself with many gill rattling jumps and shakes.
Just a taste...
These are just a few of the exciting sport and fly fishing species to chase in the tropical waters around Weipa.
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