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: Weipa, Australia


jimS
04-06-2008, 03:59 PM
Two weeks in far north Queensland on the Gulf of Carpentaria with Silas, Matt and Jamie. Here are a few pics of the fishery, one of the best on the planet.

jimS
04-06-2008, 04:09 PM
A few more pics:

wrke
04-06-2008, 05:59 PM
Jim, Welcome back. Looks like a great time.
More pics!!
Bill

jimS
04-06-2008, 07:25 PM
photos of the pristine area of Weipa, in far north Queensland. The fishing only gets better after the wet seaon ends, normally the last of March. There are about 28 species that can be taken on the fly. Species in high esteem include, barramundi, longtail tuna, coral trout, several trevally, blue bastards, threadfin salmon, mac tuna (false albacore), spaniards (short bar mackeral), etc.

It is a remote area on the Gulf of Carpentaria, and is on the map because of a large concentration of bauxite, the base ore for aluminum. Easily accessible by air from Cairns, and by 4wd after the wet season, it caters to fishermen from around the world that know a good thing.

Paxton
04-06-2008, 09:00 PM
Jim...great pics and happy that you had a great time. Not that I will go there this lifetime...but I would find it interesting (others maybe too) of a pic showing all the types of flies you guys used. Maybe even some local ties there.
See ya soon at the Cape.
Ron

petevicar
04-07-2008, 10:07 AM
Great pics.

Makes me feel very envious!!

BigDave
04-07-2008, 01:20 PM
Jim awesome pics...esp the busting tunoids!

Hope to see you in Elbowtown in a month or so.

Dave

Dble Haul
04-08-2008, 11:51 AM
Great trip Jim!

I second Ron's request for fly info. :wink:

jamie
04-09-2008, 12:34 AM
Basses posing a tooona
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3281/2393989330_12fb27ece1_b.jpg

Matt with a tarp
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2012/2393698671_4e915d2f84_b.jpg

Me with a broken rod and small longie
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2395/2397602991_bce27204b4_b.jpg

Goldie for Basses
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2353/2400139446_b0105cff5a_b.jpg

Queenie for Matt
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3113/2399301007_cc4daea09c_b.jpg

Double hook-up for Simmsie and me
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2074/2399298257_b704f1b1e7_b.jpg

Beach fishing
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2026/2397595857_c1a82651f0_b.jpg

Basses with a Spaniard
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3260/2394528034_c7e90dc36c_b.jpg

jamie
04-09-2008, 12:37 AM
Jim, you'll have to email me your addy. I've burnt a few cd's with 100's of pics on

jamie
04-09-2008, 12:57 AM
Going from memory the species that I caught are;
queenie, goldies, cobia, big eye trevors, aussie salmon, blue salmon, bonito, longtail tuna, flattie, dart, bream, bluefish, spanish mackerel, various reef cod, coral trout, sand barra, longtom, stripeys, tarpon, tuskies, and I'm sure there are more.

From the ones that got away; Lost a few barra, two from a reef and a nice one from the mangroves. I had a kingie on for about three seconds and a nice GT who took my creasie then broke me off as I discovered I was standing on the line when it decided to run.

Most common were queenies.

Tuna fishing was tough, I think the consensus was that we were there a little too early for the tuna.

I didn't like the barra fishing much. The mangroves were windless and full of flies. The barra were not taking too readily and it was hard work for little reward.

The manta's were good fun. We would always look for them in the shallow beaches feeding on the jelly prawns, usually flipping through them time and time again.

On the odd occasion they would turn up 'empty' but usually they would be loaded with a whole flotilla of fish, looking to scavenge from their table. Both Matt and Basses caught remora's which had detached them selves from the manta to take their fly, then subsequently re-attach themselves. Even with the drag right up on the reel they were hard to detach from the manta and Matt almost got spooled because he went from playing a remora to a manta. He was pretty relieved when the remora finally was persuaded to part with the manta; but had a lot of line to wind back onto his reel.

The real target from a manta was a cobia, these would often hide under the manta, so a heavy fly was needed to get below the manta and get the interest of the cobia. I caught my first cobia off a manta.

I remember one manta who had a large 'tail' of gold from the goldies which were trailing him. Quite a sight to get the heart pumping.

On the last day of fishing I was driving the boat to get Matt a shot on a manta which was rolling. This manta changed directly and rolled right at the front of the boat, hitting is and soaking Matt in the process.

The curse was hooking the manta though as this was game over for the fun as the manta would head for the deep very quickly and you'd have to pull for a break.

Gotta love them manta's - the gift which keeps on giving

Frogfish
04-10-2008, 05:48 PM
Looks like you had a wonderful time!

I can't wait to make it to a place like that soon...

Adrian
04-11-2008, 08:47 AM
Great reports - really getting the blood pumped :smokin:

One day .........

juro
04-11-2008, 11:33 AM
Make and model of that camera please?

Exceptional image quality.

jamie
04-12-2008, 05:04 AM
First three and the last picture were taken with a point and shoot pentax optio WP, the old 5mp model. I just have the flash settings on soft to get a nice fill in - reduce the shadow in the harsh light and 'pop' the fish. I'll usually fire a bunch of shots, as it is amazing how the fish an look so different from one picture to another. I also find the best pics come from the height the fish is being held at or below. I love the perspective looking up shots give. Matt took the pic of me, the tuna and the broken rod using my camera, set up the way I like to use it..

The others were taken by Nat Bromhead on a Nikon D70s with some pretty pricey lenses.

I think Jim was shooting his with the new waterproof Olympus Mju 720 with 7mp.

jamie
04-12-2008, 05:06 AM
Another reason for firing lots of pictures, is to make sure I have one with a straight horizon

Warren
04-12-2008, 06:36 AM
Gentlemen, excellent report. I see only one photo with Mr Simms in it, and as usual his fly rod is bent over with a fish on. Looks like a good time was had by all.

juro
04-12-2008, 07:52 AM
The others were taken by Nat Bromhead on a Nikon D70s with some pretty pricey lenses.

For Nat to bring that kind of investment to that situation it's clear he is a man who appreciates the result.

Thanks for the incredible pixels.

rooster
04-28-2008, 05:56 PM
Awesome Trip, Guys
Can't wait to get the download over a beer this May.
Cheers,
DK