Cape York - Fishing and Boating
The vessel MV Pikkuw provides comfortable accommodation from which to gain a close encounter on a Wetlands Tour for a unique experience of an untouched natural world, with interpretation and insight from the Wik people and their ancient culture.
Trips typically involve a range of local aboriginal guides – each with connection to particular land or river areas, and with their own special knowledge, expertise and information. Various guides will come for different sections of a trip, providing you with a range places and interests during your trip.
Recommended 3-4 days trip, min 3 max 8 pax.
Day trips by boat include Thursday Island and Horn Island, fishing, sunset cruises, Roko Island pearl farm tours, 'The Tip' and the Possession Island area, Jardine River and Jackey Jackey mangrove system.
We also offer extended fly-in fishing holiday packages, and scenic holiday packages. Our 4wd tours to travel to Twin & Fruit Bat Falls, over land from Cairns to the Top and locally to 'The Tip' and Somerset.
All tours are arranged for the individual and are small groups or exclusive tours.
Ph: (07) 4069 3302
Custom Sport Fishing is based at Seisia, and has been fishing Cape York for over 30 years. Your guide, Tim Freebody offer fully guided fishing for groups or individuals, on a daily or extended trip basis and have long established world wide clientele.
Good fishing the world over is moon phase and weather dependant. Every effort is made to provide all anglers with the best chance of catching sought after species or to plan a trip to experience the great variety of fishing that Cape York has to offer.
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Welcome to Cape York, the gateway to the Torres Straits. Seisia, where we are based is a small community that is neighboured by four other communities: Bamaga, New Mapoon, Umagico and Injinoo.
Surrounded by the west and east coast, Cape York offers a variety fishing areas. Depending on your preferred fishing ground you have the opportunity to fish the blue water and/or estuary. With countless varieties of fish species in our waters, fishing is accompanied by the fresh air of the Cape’s wilderness and wildlife. Jay Arnold will be able to customise your time in Cape York.
Cape York Peninsula Fishing
Ph: 07 4069 3919
M: 0417 617 458
A Cape York fishing holiday offers anglers the opportunity to chase some of the worlds best sports fish including Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Spanish Mackerel, Striped Mackerel, Grey Mackeral, Northern Blue-fin Tuna, Striped Tuna, Dog-toothed Tuna, Long Tail Tuna, Coral Trout, Queenfish, Giant Trevalley, Spotted Trevalley, Fingermark Bream, Saratoga, Salmon, Barracuda, Cobia and King Salmon.
The North Eastern Gulf of Carpentaria:
Pristine, fresh flowing year round, this area produces great fishing at the mouth.
Crystal Creek is known to the locals as No 1. home to barramundi.
Fish the reefs and shoals.
Schools of different species of Tuna, Trevally, Mackeral as well as Queenfish, Cobia and Barracuda frequent this area, great action with inshore conditions.
Torres Strait Islands:
The spectacular Endeavour Strait is sprinkled with coral fringed uninhabited islands providing inshore blue water sports fishing action, the targets are Mackeral: at least 4 species, Trevally: 4 species, Tuna: 2 species, Queenfish, Cobia, and Barracuda.
The Eastern tip of Cape York:
Jacky Jacky & Escape River systems: fish this maze of interlocking mangrove waterways, Barramundi, Fingermark Bream and Mangrove Jack head the list of what you want to catch here, but the number of other species that are here is too big to list.
The Tip of Cape York & Albany Island area:
Spectacular scenery and home to sportsfish species including Queenfish, Mackeral, Barracuda, Trevally and Tuna.
Fish with the local experts -
The area has two main seasons, the wet which extends from late November to April and the dry from April until the first storms of the wet which usually come in November. Monsoon winds blow intermittently from the north west in the wet season causing rough conditions along the beaches and offshore interspersed with calmer periods.
Weipa’s inshore beaches and waters are protected from the south east trade winds that blow in the dry season as these winds blow offshore, providing excellent conditions for lure and bait fishing in the nearby Gulf of Carpenteria waters.
Sportfishing for pelagic species such as tuna, mackerel, cobia, trevally and queenfish is proving extremely popular while the reef areas produce coral trout, fingermark, sweetlip, trevally, cod and black jewfish.
A catch and release attitude is encouraged to ensure Weipa retains its legendary fishing status for many years to come.
Evans Landing (next to fuel wharf): all tide cement 2 lane boat ramp
Rocky Point: Single lane cement, not to be used when tide height is past 1 meter
Andoom Creek: Gravel ramp accessible all tide. Located on north western side of Andoom Creek bridge
Fishing Tackle and Bait: Weipa Bait and Tackle (Weipa News and Sports), Weipa 4WD & Camping Supplies
Info courtesy Barra Dave Sportsfishing Sevices
Tel: 0427 699064
Rinyirru (Lakefield) is of considerable Aboriginal cultural significance, and the park has many places associated with occupation, ceremonies and ancestral spirits. Hann Crossing and Kalpowar Crossing are two such significant sites.
The Park is located in the Laura Basin 6-7 hours north of Cairns. There are several access points: via Laura and the Peninsula Development Road; from Cooktown along Battle Camp Road; on the Lakeland-Laura Road, or from Coen via the Musgrave Roadhouse. Access is only during the dry season, normally May to November, but early or late rains might render some of the tracks impassable, so when travelling early or late in the season it is wise to check first that the roads are open. 4wd is essential.
During the dry season large waterholes, lakes and lagoons are interspersed by vast floodplains which attract a huge diversity of birdlife, including magpie geese. Crocodiles can be seen resting on the river banks, and in open woodland and grassland areas wallabies are easily seen. Red and White Lily Lagoons, located 8km north of the Lakefield Ranger base on the main road, have amazing displays of lotus lilies.
Fishing is permitted at all camping grounds with barramundi and catfish the most common species caught. Boat tours and hire are not available, but you are welcome to bring your own boat.
There are bush camping areas at 12 Mile Waterhole, Old Faithful Waterhole, Mick Fienn and Dingo Waterholes, Kalpowar Crossing Campground, 7 Mile Waterhole and Hann Crossing. Camping is no longer via self-registration; you now need to register either online, at a QPWS office, or by phone- for details of how to register, and to check closure dates visit the Parks web site .
Cape Melville National Park can be accessed via Kalpowar Crossing.
See images of Lakefield National Park
Below is the media release from Curtis Pitt about the historic handover of Lakefield N.P. to the traditional owners in June 2011.
Historic Handover of iconic Cape York Park
The State Government will today transfer the largest and most iconic national park in the Cape York Peninsula Region to its Traditional Owners in an historic event.
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt said Lakefield National Park, in southern Cape York Peninsula, is the third national park in Cape York to be handed back to its Traditional Owners, bringing the total number of jointly managed parks in the region to six.
“Lakefield National Park spans 544,000 hectares and protects lagoons, billabongs, swamps, floodplains and lakes created by vast river systems including the Bizant, Normanby and Morehead rivers,” Mr Pittsaid.
“It’s also home to a number of threatened species including the Golden Shouldered Parrot, Lakeland Downs mouse and Spectacled Hare-wallaby as well as the critically endangered speartooth shark.
“Today’s handover will go a long way towards helping the traditional owners, represented by at least 75 key families and nine traditional language groups, keep their culture and traditions alive for future generations.”
Mr Pitt said negotiations for handover started in April 2009 and included an Indigenous Management Agreement outlining the responsibilities of the Rinyirru Land Trust and the Government for the ongoing management of the park.
“These negotiations have had to resolve some highly complex natural and cultural resource management issues,” Mr Pitt said.
“I would like to thank the Lakefield traditional owner clan and family groups as well as their representatives, Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation and the Cape York Land Council, for their collaboration and commitment in arriving at today’s historic outcome.”
Mr Pitt said under the new joint management partnership the State Government will provide the Land Trust with $190,000 for park works and services contracts as well as $10,000 per annum for educational support programs.
“This funding, combined with other in-kind support, will underpin the employment and training of local Indigenous rangers, allowing them to gain new skills while drawing upon their existing traditional knowledge,” Mr Pitt said.
“In addition to implementing the seasonal fire management program, one of the first joint management projects to be undertaken will be a general muster to remove feral cattle from the park.
“National parks are an essential component of protecting our wildlife and natural and cultural landscapes for future generations.
“The Queensland Government is committed to continuing its work with Traditional Owners on future tenure arrangements in the Cape York Peninsula, including negotiating the granting of title and the joint management of all 30 existing national parks.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates this commitment.”
The transfer of Lakefield National Park brings the total area of land transferred to Aboriginal ownership in Cape York to 1,443,961 hectares of which 818,636 hectares are jointly managed with traditional owners.
The park will be renamed the Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land). in recognition of an important traditional story place at Jeanette Hill, and an historical link with Lakefield Station and the early cattle industry.
Media release 22 June 2011 Curtis Pitt MP
HALF DAY (7am-12.30pm/12.30pm-6pm) $130
FULL DAY (7am – 6pm) $220
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- Bookings are essential.
- Credit Card details are required. No bookings without a credit card.
- Boat license must be presented on day of hire!
- Must be refuelled and washed down on return –
- Fuel stations close at 6pm.
- Boat must be returned by 6pm. If you hire boat for more than 1 day, boat must be returned each night by 6pm to the office.
- Wash down bays near boat ramps at Rocky Point and Evans Landing.
- Boats MUST NOT be taken on any dirt roads.
- Boat is licensed to carry 4 passengers only.
- Any damages made to boat/trailer or boat equipment will be charged to your credit card, at full rate.
- Any recovery due to negligence will incur a $100ph fee.