Weipa with Weipa Sports fishing
  |  First Published: June 2015

If you looked up God’s country in the dictionary, there would only be one word. Weipa. Weipa is a fishing heaven for any novice or serious angler.

It is the mecca for inshore sports fishing You can tangle with barra and jacks up the creeks then head out wide for big pelagics and billfish. A must do is look up Weipa Sports Fishing and organize a trip with Lee Hodgetts. If you want a trip of a lifetime, a trip with the boys from Weipa Sports Fishing in Cape York should be on the bucket list for every single person. It will be the time of your life.


There is no bad time to fish Weipa in the ‘fishing season’. It can become a bit difficult in the wet season but from March through to Late November, the fishing is up there is World Class. People travel from all over the world to fish this destination, and each month can provide remarkable fishing for a huge variety of species.


You could do a 5-day trip and cover all species with only 3 combos. A 6-10kg baitcaster outfit with 30lb braid is ideal for barra fishing the creeks. A 3000 sized outfit on a 5-8kg spin rod can be doubled up for creek and inshore sports fishing. A larger 50lb outfit would be good to for bigger pelagics and larger offshore species such as GTs and sailfish. The beauty about Weipa is that you can use the same outfit and cover a huge amount of species without having to spend an arm and a leg on tackle.


Lures for Weipa again changes with what you want to target. You could take thousands up but a few favourites are as follows: Barra love shallow diving hardbodies such as Gold Bombers and Lucky Craft Pointers.

If heading offshore, then bigger plastics with heavy jigheads and metal slugs are ideal for all species. Again, speak with the guides before going up and see what’s hot and what’s not.


Listen to the guides. If they tell you to put this lure on and cast to that spot, then do it. The guys have a knack and know the waters that well, they will have you believing that they know every fish by name. I can’t speak highly enough on their knowledge and skill and they go above and beyond to put you onto fish.


When fishing Weipa, no matter what time of the year, it always pays to be sun smart. Long sleeve shirts, buffs, hats and plenty of sunscreen is needed. You’re in the tropics and you can be burnt up there pretty easy within minutes.


There is only one name that you need to know. Weipa Sports Fishing. Weipa Sports Fishing is owned by Lee Hodgetts and is one of the best operation that you will find, not only on the Cape, but Australia Wide.

Lee, Wade and the crew come highly recommended by anyone that has been up there, hence why I keep going back, making this my 9th trip! It’s a tip I do annually.

Look them up on www.weipasportsfishing.com.au or give Lee a call on 0431 427 129. Once you go, I guarantee you’ll be back.

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