Most of us have those dream trips always in the back of our heads - some have the opportunity to make those dream trips occur and some just keep on dreaming. I moved to Bamaga over four years ago and during my time in such an amazing part of Australia, I have always talked about my dream fishing trips that I would love to do before ever relocating.
A severe outbreak of coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish is occurring in the Swain Reefs, the southernmost location in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park found to have the starfish during the current outbreak.
When you’re flicking through your favourite fishing mag or looking at your Facebook feed, you get the feeling that red emperor’s are a little hard to catch as they seem to be the trophy fish caught in ones or twos, here and there.
Well that brings us to another 4lb challenge done and dusted! This has to be one of Australia’s, if not the world’s most ‘social’ fishing comps! Once again Cardwell in North Queensland remained our choice of location with Hinchinbrook being the only system big enough to be able to hide 40 boats and still feel isolated.
The weather prediction for the day was light winds and half a metre of swell; perfect for an offshore kayak fish with a beach launch. I was aiming for a bit of fun chasing sweetlip or squire and if I could get a few on plastic, all the better.
In my previous article, I left readers hanging in suspense with a story about monster SEQ GTs. As promised here it is. Although I didn’t catch one, I had the pleasure of lifting their massive frames over the side of the Galeforce to admire one of the ocean’s toughest and sought after sportfish.
While Bundaberg is perhaps better known for the extensive saltwater fishing options it provides, it’s actually not a bad place to base yourself if you prefer to fish freshwater. Being located towards the lower end of what is effectively Central Queensland, it is surrounded by a diverse mix of southern and northern species. In fact, it’s quite possible to find yourself hooking anything from Mary River cod, to bass or even barramundi on the one trip.
Not a lot of anglers look forward to winter in Cairns. The daylight hours are shorter, it can blow to unfishable strengths for months at a time, barra and jacks go on a diet and it’s bitterly cold. Ok I made that last one up. It does though bring one redeeming feature, as this is when the small black marlin come to town.