Cape York Peninsula

Submitted: Friday, May 07, 2010 at 08:30
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I'm organizing a trip up to Cape York (from Perth WA)

Yes, have Googled, am now wondering what others enjoyed most about the top area of the cape
and conversely things they wish they had not wasted their time on

What is the land based fishing like up there?

Maîneÿ . . .
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Reply By: Dave(NSW) - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 08:48

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 08:48
Mainey,
You can get heaps of info from here http://capeyorkforums.com/forums A few of these guys live up that way.
Cheers Dave..
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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ . . .- Friday, May 07, 2010 at 09:08

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 09:08
Dave,
wow, yes that's a great site, thanks for that

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Follow Up By: Redback - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 22:00

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 22:00
Yep joined that forum, useless, do your own reshearch.

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Reply By: Allan B, Sunshine Coast, - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 09:13

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 09:13
When are you going Mainey? We will be up there mid-June (weather permitting!)

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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ . . .- Friday, May 07, 2010 at 09:19

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 09:19
Allan,
Probably will be mid July by the time we get up there

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Follow Up By: Allan B, Sunshine Coast, - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 09:52

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 09:52
I'll keep a watch for you on the way down.

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Reply By: timothy - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 09:23

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 09:23
Hi Maîneÿ,

The most disappointing thing about travelling up Cape was the amount of rubbish present on the south part of the OTL. Most of the camp sites were littered with cans, food wrapping, toilet paper and associated human waste. The north end of the OTL was much better, I highly recommend stopping at fruitbat falls and twin falls for an extended swim. I really enjoyed Nolans Brook as well, not for the river crossing but for swimming and the campsite there - we had it to ourselves.

We didn't do much fishing so not much info there. If you're interested there's a full trip report here.

Have fun and take your time, there's heaps to see!
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Follow Up By: Member - Don M- Friday, May 07, 2010 at 20:07

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 20:07
No Crocs at Nolans...? I'd like to be convinced, we'll be there in a little over a month.
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Reply By: Voxson - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 09:34

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 09:34
Mainey,

Land base fishing is great......

3 places i have had excellent returns are....................

1. Seisa jetty.
2. Wenlock river near frenchmans track.
3. Annie creek north of lakefield.
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Reply By: Tonyfish#58 - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 17:43

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 17:43
Mainey - Start your trip from Cairns up the coast road to the Daintree. It the CREB Track is open go for it, its a great drive, if not the Coast road to Wujal Wujal.

Have a look at weary bay in Ayton and fish the mouth of the Daintree river for a while. Visit Cooktown and go out to the mouth of the Annan River for a night camp and fish. Go out to Archers Point and if not too windy catch a mackerel of the Old Wharf site, also you will find a place there out of the wind for a night camp. If the road is open go to Lakefield via the Battle Camp Road - There are a few nice places to camp along that road as well. Go up through Lakefield, there are some nice spots in there, Annie river is worth a fish. Come out at Musgrave & Head North. Iron Range and Chilli Beach are well worth the drive and come out via the Frenchman's track. A good water crossing on the Pascoe on this road. Then head North to do the OTT and on to Bamaga and the tip.

Have lots of fun & Cheers - We are heading accross the Simpson from either Malanda or Cooktown, depending which Home base we are at at the time :-) Late July (18th), so will miss you for a chat - I think - Contact me if you think we can meet - Cheers Tony
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Reply By: Member - Josh (TAS) - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 21:44

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 21:44
The land based fishing up there is amazing to say the least. I have never seen so much bait fish. Get yourself a good cast net and learn to throw it, get the one made out of fishing line not cotton. The cotton ones sink to slow. Off the wharf at Seisia we were getting big mackrell (up to 7 ft) queenies, sharks, and other stuff that just peeled line off. Best using trace as the mac/sharkss just bite you off. We used 80 pnd braid and still got busted off sometimes. When fishing the jetty put a live bait out under a float, the macs and queenies love them. Just have good gear and hang on, don't leave your rod unattended.
We got coral trout off the rocks at sommerset. Sharks off the beach at Punsand bay (on 100 pnd handline), After the 3rd shark my 400 pnd steel trace was stuffed. Barra and barracouta as well. Image Could Not Be Found
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These were caught about 20 feet off the beach, as far as I could throw the hand line with a big chunk of barracouta on it.
At weipa we fished late at night and got tarpon and sharks. Tarpon are crap to eat but awesome to catch as they fight like mad. we used silver lures on them. I had a 100 pnd hand line out and got something big enough to pull me across the jetty and then snap the line. I was having a ball.
Take the time at these places to get a feel for the fishing. It took me a couple of days to get the hang of it but once you learn the local tricks it is unreal.
We ate fresh fish on the fire most nights. We did talk to others who did not catch anything but not sure what they were doing.
You will have a ball
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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ . . .- Friday, May 07, 2010 at 21:54

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 21:54
I fly into Cairns on 6th June, after seeing these photo's I'm more than eager to get a large handline as you suggest :-)

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Reply By: Redback - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 21:58

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 21:58
Weipa, avoid it and for gods sake don't do the mine tour.

Go to the croc tent and get the info on the five beaches run, it's brilliant.

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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 07:21

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 07:21
What's the 5 beaches run RB?

Andrew
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Reply By: cycadcenter - Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 07:25

Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 07:25
Are you going to test the efficiency of your solar panels as it relates to the different angle of the sun.

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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ . . .- Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 23:53

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 23:53
cycadcenter,
I'm *flying* to Cairns in an airplane, however yes I’ll be fitting new solar panels to my girlfriends caravan, fortunately will be flat install on roof so no requirement to do angle variation tests are required, as I won't install elcrappo panels the efficiency definitely won't be a problem either :-)

Installing an efficient battery isolation system to charge caravan batteries too.

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