04-13-2006, 04:14 AM
Seen a few pics of the guys in Weipa, none of the Simmster as of yet, although I am sure he is into fish. Matt, Silas were flying up from Sydney to meet Jim in Cairns on Sunday, then head on up to Weipa.
The pics suggest they have not wasted any time.
Matt happy with a Queenie.
Silas with one of their cod species, undecided on whether to kiss it or take a bite from it.
I'll try and get some more information about their adventures, but it is pretty remote there.
04-13-2006, 04:33 AM
Latest on Jims is that he is having a great time and is out today with Nat Bromhead, one of the top guides in Weipa. I've requested some gratuitous fish porn featuring Jim; just to make us all jealous.
If that queenfish fights HALF as hard as it looks like it will, then I can only imagine what a thrill that was!
I would like to go there with you boys and test some equipment - it seems like the place to do it!
Looking forward to more reports and hope Jim has the time of his life.
04-13-2006, 09:48 PM
If that queenfish fights HALF as hard as it looks . . . .
That's what I was thinking!! Looks like a cross between a tuna and a bluefish :whoa:
04-15-2006, 07:56 AM
Sounds as though Jim is having a whale of a time getting into queenies, trevally, tuna and tarpon.
Here are some pics;
04-19-2006, 11:07 AM
Thanks for the posts. I get some phone reports on how my dad (JimS) is doing up there, but no pictures from him yet. I'm glad he is having fun, just wish I could be with him. Please, keep the pictures coming.
your dad is having a year isn't he! He was hot at Acklins and now this - then Monomoy! Living right.
04-19-2006, 12:13 PM
Tunoids on crease flies......is there anything better? :smokin:
04-19-2006, 02:39 PM
Just getting snippets of info from the Aussies.
Fishing Aussie style, or Cape Cod style, or UK style - actually just fishing.
04-19-2006, 02:49 PM
Looks like the guys are getting a light battering from the remnants of cyclone monica http://www.eldersweather.com.au/radar.jsp?lt=radar&lc=018 It hit the east coast of the cape and moved overland to the west coast and Weipa.
Latest was that they hit the harbour for some queenies (sounds odd but quite innocent I'm assured) and then hankered down from the storm with a well stocked fridge.
Sitting here out the front of cabin 12 with pommy Matt, Jacko, Gomes, Silas and Jim.....Wind picking up now with some decent sticks falling off trees and making great background sound effects.
Look like the storm will cross near Arurakun south of here, I trust all will be fine down there as theyve had a day to prepare.
Pommy Matt has resorted to dabbling a crazy charlie in front of a praying matis and actually got a take !!!!!
Silas and Jim are cooking up a storm inside, the beers are flowing freely, and the wind continues to increase !
Regards from us all
At the moment they are not too worried about running out of beer.
04-19-2006, 03:09 PM
Is that second fish with Silas some sort of Triple Tail?
04-20-2006, 04:09 AM
Dave, It does look like one of your triple tails, but I think they call it a reef cod, or something like that.
04-20-2006, 06:08 AM
latest from Nat Bromhead
Pretty ugly outside at present...A strong NNW blowing with a developing W / NW swell. ( We've been watching the airport obs as well but they are well down on reality )
Some heavy rain but no where near as much as they would have got south of Aurakun.
Another day inside today - a storm warnings been issued with 34 + knot NW/ers as the storm re intensifies to a cat 3.
A big night at cabin 12....Jacko, Silas and Jim were outside in the pouring rain having casting practice into the gusts at 1 am
I'll get a few pics form the harbour later
04-20-2006, 04:09 PM
Aussies seem to label all their unknown species as cod... In the U.K we would probably call it a Wrasse! :chuckle:
04-28-2006, 10:17 AM
I hear that the guys survived the cyclone, but were still battling the rough seas. Any other updates out there?
The short answer definitely. The cyclone shut things down for a week, but for the last few days, it is back. This is a definite option for DIY, and very reasonably priced. The species available on a fly are incredible, longtail tuna, mackeral tuna (false albacore), queenfish, tarpon, permit, milkfish, giant trevally, coral trout, blue bastards, spaniards (king mackeral), threadfin salmon, etc.
The guys on the saltwaterflyfishing forum in Australia are a wealth of info along with the locals and the guides in Weipa. Matt Fender, and Silas Maitland from the UK were great companions on the trip. Nat Bromhead who runs the forum and is a guide in Weipa and Harvey Bay, was a wealth of info for guys that want to do the DIY thing.
Next year plans are already being finalized. Stevo and Jamie, I understand will be part of the crew. I'm not sure how broach the subject with my wife. Any Suggestions?
When I get back to the states, will post pictures and more on the trip.
The fish Silas has is a tripletail. We found them under floating debris, just like in the Florida Keys.
05-01-2006, 03:14 AM
You better believe I will be there. Already cleared with the FPO.
05-02-2006, 12:41 PM
I'm still struggling to get my FPO to see that I need this trip! :frown:
Whatever that outcome is... I hope to be back on the Cape at the end of September / beginning of October, this year.
Well...well...I think I've got clearance for next year, but she has to go with me, but not to Weipa. Jamie, glad you are planning to go. Stevo, there is an Australia saying, "If you never never go, you'll never never know." All I can say is that I'm glad I went. It is probably the best fishing for variety and large fish that you will ever experience. I think the plan is late April, early May for next year, just to avoid the wet and the potential for cyclones.
Stevo, I'll see you this fall on the Cape. Jamie, I guess with a new addition it is not in the cards for you this year.
All the best...
05-02-2006, 02:25 PM
Glad you had a good time in Oz. Shame about the weather but hey, that's fishing!
Jamie may yet make the Cape trip, this fall. Silas too. As you well know... Things come in threes! :hihi:
05-03-2006, 02:23 AM
I'll try and make the Cape this fall.
I have a plan that is more cunning that a cunning fox, who is professor of cunning at cunning university.:lildevl:
We just need to hatch a plan to get Stevo to Weipa.