Did you know Weipa is home to a healthy population of black marlin and sailfish? If you want to chase a ‘billie’, this is the place to do it. Drop us a line, we’ll hook you up.
Weipa Sports Fishing operates from March through to December, but the marlin and sailfish season peaks from September to November, particularly for sails.
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Weipa billfishing is awesome, with a healthy population of black marlin and sailfish reported in our waters in recent years. There are not many places in Australia where it’s possible to land a barra or three in the morning, then head offshore for a sailfish in the afternoon. Well, in Weipa you can, and, even better, the guides from Weipa Sports Fishing are all skilled in how to catch billfish.
While local mackerel line fishers and charter guides have been encountering Weipa’s billfish for many years, the development and knowledge on their ‘when and where’ data only took off when the town’s game fishing club was formed about five (5) years ago.
Sailfish usually average from 15 to 30 kilos in size and are noted for their ability to jump all over the ocean. The majority of black marlin hooked, come within the same size range but every so often, substantially larger fish jump on – up to 200 kilos plus. These really make things interesting!
Weipa is renowned for its diversity of sport fishing species with more than 40 in a week being a fairly common occurrence with visiting fishers. Well, that list has now been extended, if chasing a ‘billie’ has been added to your itinerary.
The crew at Weipa Sports Fishing have the expertise to help you tick that bucket list box!
Trolling with skipping garfish baits is the most popular fishing method, but live baiting is also an option. There is even an opportunity for keen fly fishers to cast to teased billies, when the opportunities arise.
Some of the billfish grounds are close to the wider reefs, that are visited fairly regularly when conditions allow, so including an hour or two’s billfish trolling into the day is easily done. Occasionally, marlin will grab a hooked tuna while casting to feeding schools.
While marlin and sailfish can be encountered right through the year, the season peaks from September to November, particularly for sails. Multiple hook-ups are not uncommon, at this time of year.