Kulumbura

Hi,
am about to head up that way to do some fishing could anyone offer advice on McGowan Island and Honey moon beach. Any other good fishing spot advice up that way would be great.

Oh how bad are the sand flies and bities???


Thanks
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Reply By: PhilD - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 22:23

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 22:23
Based on my experience 2 years ago definitely go to McGowans. Facilities are a lot better, you can keep your boat on the beach out front, better shade, etc Great fishing but you need to build up your local knowledge and be prepared to travel eg 6 to 15 kms each way, except for a small patch of reef out front. Snapper, jewies, tuna, macks etc at this time of year. Queenies up the King Edward. Jack on the other side. Best we did was 12 big jewies in an hour or so at daybreak before we got hungry, and maybe 30 snapper in a session. There is a truckload of fish there but you can only keep what you will eat there. You cannot and should not take fish away with you. Night fishing is great if you are equipped and experienced to get around in the dark and miss all the bommies! You need a good sounder and know how to use a gps. Go prepared with 80lb braid and 100lb+ traces. 7/0 hooks and bigger, and a good selection of lures. You will go through a lot of gear if you find them, and have a ball.

You can go to the Drysdale or the islands if your boat is big enough eg 5+m as there is great fishing there too.

Always will have sand flies but not too bad as it is a bit cooler at this time of the year.
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Follow Up By: Jock69 - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 22:52

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 22:52
Thank you,
I only have a tinnie 3.85mtrs can that be used up there???
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 07:26

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 07:26
G'day Jock,

Yes you can - like this,

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The land in the background is Kalumburu - we camped at McGowans.

Kind regards
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Follow Up By: Jock69 - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 09:03

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 09:03
Thanks what a great shot
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Follow Up By: PhilD - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 09:12

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 09:12
Yes, a 3.85 will be fine as long as you read the weather which can change quickly like any where, and fish closer in. It will limit you to where most people fish, rather than going to the more untouched areas. You can get to the Drysdale by land and launch at Beatty Point if you are interested. The mouth and the reefs out front hold good fish.
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 09:44

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 09:44
Thanks, you can fish off the beach as well.

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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 09:45

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 09:45
Forgot to add the photo evidence.


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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 12:29

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 12:29
In 2005 we spent 6 weeks at McGowans.
In 2006, 2007, 2008 we spent 8 weeks each year at Honeymoon Beach. That is our preferred location now for lots of reasons that are mostly personal.
There are some pics on our link below.

Cheers,
Peter
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Reply By: Member - Michael P (QLD) - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 18:07

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 18:07
Hi Jock,
I was at McGowans in 2007 the park owner (cant remember his name) took self & couple of other campers out for about 4 hours fishing got more than we could use, shared some with others at the park. Cost $35.00 each. Why tow your boat? Mc G is a bit rough around the edges after the cyclone damage early 2007.But in my opinion is one of the better spots in the Kimberleys.
Mike.
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