BYO IS BEST

Bringing your own tackle with you certainly enhances your guided fishing experience! It takes a little bit of preparation but is certainly worth the effort. These few hints will help make getting ready much simpler!

WHEN’S THE BEST TIME TO COME

March through to December is the best time of year for fishing up here. Time of year can affect what’s on the bite, give us a call to discuss more 0431 427 129.

WHERE CAN I STAY

Weipa Sports Fishing are happy to put together guided fishing trip and accommodation packages for you. All you need to do is book your flights. Too easy!

DROP US A LINE

We live and breathe fishing. If we aren’t out guiding guests, we’re out fishing ourselves. Call Lee today to talk fishing in Weipa on 0431 427 129.

WEIPA FISHING TACKLE – PREPARATION WILL PAY OFF

Weipa fishing tackle. For best results, we certainly recommend bringing your own gear. Knowing how it works and feeling comfortable with it ahead of time, can mean the difference between landing and losing fish. It takes a little bit of preparation, but it’s certainly worth the effort.

Our guides are here to make your experience as memorable as possible, both before and during your stay. Make the most of their advice and assistance, to maximize your fishing adventure in Weipa and the Cape York. We’ve prepared the following tips, to help make getting ready that much simpler!

WEIPA TACKLE REQUIREMENTS

Apart from the baitcast and spin outfits already listed in the barramundi page, there are a couple of other combinations worth considering. A heavy spinning rod that can double as a jig or trolling stick is probably the most useful. A typical rod would be 7ft to 7ft 6in (2.1 to 2.5m) long, coupled with a heavy spin reel (5000 to 6000 size) loaded with 30 to 50 pound braid. Reels by Penn, Shimano and Daiwa with smooth drag systems are recommended.

Fly fishing around Weipa is some of the best in the country, as lots of satisfied clients will readily confirm. The ideal fly outfit would consist of a 9 weight rod and reel, loaded with a compatible intermediate sinking line and at least 150 metres of backing. Suitable flies include Clousers, Deceivers, Pink Things, Crabs and tuna patterns. Check with Lee for more detailed information if required on phone 0431 427 129.

There are thousands of lures out there and every guide has their favourites. Choosing some examples from different genres is recommended; some hard bodies including poppers to deep divers, some soft plastics (with different sized jig heads if required), some metal models for casting and jigging and also some vibes (both hard and soft). A good selection, will cover most scenarios.

Many fishers bring their own accessories including leader line (40 and 60 pound monofilament best), large long nosed pliers, a sharp filleting knife, line scissors and small hand towel. Crushing the barbs on lures is also recommended to facilitate easy removal of the fish (and any humans) hooked!

Lures can be obtained from Weipa Sports Fishing on a ‘replacement cost if lost’ basis, while hooks and leader are available at no cost.

OUR BYO TACKLE TIPS

Airline baggage limitations and restrictions, security concerns and excess baggage costs mean that careful planning as to how you pack your gear can save you lots of worry at the airport.

Heightened security means that rods, lures, knives, pliers and sometimes even reels cannot be carried as cabin luggage.

Packing lures and other tools into flat tackle trays, rather than bringing an entire tackle box as extra luggage (with associated costs each way), is a good to move. Trays can be packed in a normal suitcase or duffel bag, along with reels.

Reels should be stored in soft bags, then placed in the middle of clothing to further protect them from rough handling. Make sure they have been serviced, are running smoothly and the line is in good condition before you leave home. If there’s any doubt about your line, replace it immediately. Losing that fish of a lifetime through the failure of ‘old’ line can ruin a fishing trip!

Rods need to be protected in a cloth bag, then stored in a PVC tube to make sure they arrive in good condition. Jetstar has a limit of 2 metres on most internal flights, so only tubes less than this length will be carried. Qantas and Qantaslink flights do not have these length restrictions so longer tubes can be accommodated. If you are travelling with a party, try to store multiple rods in a single tube to minimize baggage costs. Bringing one large tackle box (as excess baggage) rather than several individuals is another option as far as tackle goes.

Contact Lee Weipa Sports Fishing for more information on 0431 427 129 or email leehodgetts08@gmail.com

THE FISH WE CATCH & SIGHTS WE SEE