Cape York

Cape York, known as “the Tip” is a large peninsula located in the north east corner of Australia. The tip is the most northern part of mainland Australia, consisting of countless unexplored flats, coastal lagoons, estuaries, islands, and reefs that have never seen a fly fisherman. Nowhere else in the world can you fish billabongs for barramundi and saratoga in the morning, then work the flats for permit, blue bastards and trevally in the afternoon. You can even wrap up the day up with some blue water fly fishing for marlin, wahoo, and monster Spanish mackerel in the evening.

Fisheries in Cape York can be divided into the east and west coast. The east coast is the windward side and  faces constant south-easterly winds. The reefs and flats of this coastline offer some of the greatest saltwater fishing potential in all of Australia, however, these winds can restrict where you are able to fish. While there are sheltered areas to fish on windy days, it is recommended to plan accordingly and pick the right seasons and tides to maximize your success.

On the other hand, the west coast of Cape York is a leeward shore for most of the year. There are two towns that serve as hubs for fishermen. The first, Kalumburu, is located in the bottom corner of the Gulf of Carpentaria where big rivers and billabongs are home to massive barramundi. The other, Weipa, is a small mining town approximately three quarters of the way up the Cape’s western shore, and is easily accessed via a 2 hour flight from Cairns. Many widely traveled anglers consider Weipa to be one of the finest saltwater fly fisheries on the planet.

Most of the fishing in Cape York is done via mothership, however, there are a few lodges located across the coast and inner islands. Local guides also offer charters from the towns of Weipa, Bamaga, and Kalumburu.

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Blue Bastards, Permit, and Tuskfish9/10wt FloatingYear Round
Barramundi, Mangrove Jack9/10wt Floating, IntermediateYear Round
Giant Trevally10-12wt, Intermediate, Fast SinkYear Round
Mackerel, Tuna, Queenfish10wt Floating, Intermediate, Fast SinkYear Round

The most northern part of mainland Australia is truly a wild experience with

countless unexplored flats, coastal lagoons, estuaries, islands, and reefs that have never seen a fly fisherman.

Nowhere else in the world can you fish billabongs for barramundi and saratoga in the morning,

work the flats for permit, blue bastards and trevally in the afternoon, and wrap up the day up with some bluewater fishing for marlin, wahoo, and monster +100lb mackerel in the evening.

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