Waiting for those breaks in the wind
Garry Smith | July 2017

Beau Lockhard managed to get these trophy trout past the sharks.

Winter in the north usually follows one of two patterns. Either we get lots of calm periods with short blows in between, or we get lots of blows with short periods of calm weather in between.
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West Coast inshore will be spectacular
Tim O’reilly | July 2017

A nice barra ready to leap from a brackish East Coast creek.

As the chilly southerly winds hiss their way up the East Coast of Queensland, let’s take a look at some of the spots and fish species that are still hot-to-trot. Over-simplified, the East Coast bluewater scene will be challenging at best and West Coast inshore season should be spectacular.
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Welcome relief from the heat
Paul Prokopuk | July 2017

Ewan Kepple and Jen Hall displaying large-mouth nannygai.

July is a special time in Cooktown and Cape York. The rain has eased up and the cooler days are a welcomed relief from the heat. For the next few months most people head bush whenever they get the chance. Some may head into the rainforests to chase jungle perch. Others may head for the beaches and fish the creek mouths for saltwater species. Whatever the adventure, it is a magical time of year to get out and explore the countryside.
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Wild weather even in winter
Ryan Moody | July 2017

Nannygai are a popular fish among northern anglers.

It’s been an interesting month with some crazy weather patterns, including a trough that dropped up to 200mm in places south of Townsville, which isn’t really something you’d see at this time of year.
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Waiting for good reef fishing weather
Lynton Heffer | July 2017

Jake Collete with a classic diamond trevally.

For the last couple of years we’ve been lucky in regards to weather, but this year the southeasterly trade winds have returned with a vengeance, pounding the coastline for weeks on end. This may continue moving forward.
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Adapt to the changing weather
Dave Hodge | July 2017

Another species that is often thought to disappear in the colder months, golden snapper are still available during winter.

Unexpected rain events during May really made an impact on the temperature and things have cooled down considerably since we received 200mm mid-month. The temperature was actually climbing again recently, and during a trip south of town we found 26.9°C, in May! While plenty of people believe this is the time to pack away the barra gear, I think all that’s really needed is a change of tactics to keep the action happening.
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Calm winter days mean reef trips for bosses and employees and Nathan Petricevic scored this nice footballer trout while fishing for nannygai with squid baits.

With the arrival of mid-winter, not only do we have relatively low overnight temperatures, but we also see a change in the fish species anglers we will be chasing. Our temperatures are predicted to get down to 10°C or just below, which is pretty cool for this area.
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Weipa wind stirs up inshore waters for anglers
Mark Bargenquast | July 2017

Axel Polmear with a golden trevally from the Embley River.

The usual southeast winds have arrived in force pushing up a big swell along the coastline. This in turn stirs up the inshore coastal waters making sight fishing tough for flyfishing charters. However, things aren’t all that bad as the creeks and rivers are fishing well for threadies, jacks, barra and queenies.
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In a Weipa winter wonderland
Mark Bargenquast | June 2017

The author with a great grey mackerel on the 1516h Zillion Baitcaster.

Finally the southeast trade winds have arrived in force. This means beach fishing, rivers and inshore areas will be our focus for the next few months with fly anglers having an absolute ball.
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