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  1. #1

    North West Island (Capricornia Cays NP)

    Hi Everyone

    North West Island has come on the radar for a future trip (mid 2017)- the place looks amazing.

    I know bugger all about the place but my understanding is that you can take your boat over on a barge along with your camping gear etc & base yourself on the island.

    I'm after as much information as I can get my hands on to aid in planning - but also access in & out of the cay - where to fish , what to target , camping information , barge cost & your experiences

    I'll have my 5m side console to fish out of .

    Thanks in anticipation

    Chris
    Give a man a fish & he will eat for a day !
    Teach him how to fish
    & he will sit in a boat - & drink beer all day!
    TEAM MOJIKO

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    Re: North West Island (Capricornia Cays NP)

    Hey Chris.

    I spent 2 weeks over there in august. Had a ball.

    In a nut shell. Camping areas are good, with toilets. There are a lot of birds in the island. They make noise all night, and will shit on everything. You will want tarps over everything.

    A 5m boat should be fine on the barge.
    The lagoon is dry at low tide, some access in and out in the boat is 2-3 hours either side of the high tide.

    There is good fishing a few kms from the island, to as far as you want to motor too.

    i went with a big group (23 blokes), so we had lots of gear, but the numbers of blokes made for the work to be shared, but carrying everything up and down the sand get really old very quickly, so make sure you don't take unnecessary gear.

    How many are you looking to go with?

    Hit me up with any questions you have mate.

    Cheers Rob

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    Re: North West Island (Capricornia Cays NP)

    Quote Originally Posted by rtp1984 View Post
    Hey Chris.

    I spent 2 weeks over there in august. Had a ball.

    In a nut shell. Camping areas are good, with toilets. There are a lot of birds in the island. They make noise all night, and will shit on everything. You will want tarps over everything.

    A 5m boat should be fine on the barge.
    The lagoon is dry at low tide, some access in and out in the boat is 2-3 hours either side of the high tide.

    There is good fishing a few kms from the island, to as far as you want to motor too.

    i went with a big group (23 blokes), so we had lots of gear, but the numbers of blokes made for the work to be shared, but carrying everything up and down the sand get really old very quickly, so make sure you don't take unnecessary gear.

    How many are you looking to go with?

    Hit me up with any questions you have mate.

    Cheers Rob
    Thanks Rob ...... really appreciate that

    At this stage I have no idea of how many - atm 2 boats but as I said planning is in it's infancy ...... I wouldn't mind if it turned out to be 4 or 5 crews .

    Yeh I'll have to watch what I take ..... I'm in the middle of packing for our long haul (Syd-Tinaroo) - I just shake my head when I look at what I'm going to take .

    If I think of anything specific I'll send at an SOS

    Chris
    Give a man a fish & he will eat for a day !
    Teach him how to fish
    & he will sit in a boat - & drink beer all day!
    TEAM MOJIKO

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    Re: North West Island (Capricornia Cays NP)

    Take two anchors, plenty of rope and a hessian bag.
    Bury one anchor and put a sand bag on top.
    Use the other on the beach to hold the stern.
    You won't need it unless it blows up, but easiest just to set it with a float.
    The "sand" is crushed up coral and can wash away from the anchor on change of tide.
    Cheers,
    Owen


    The whole world's mad save thee & me (but I'm not too sure about thee)

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    Re: North West Island (Capricornia Cays NP)

    Quote Originally Posted by Owen View Post
    Take two anchors, plenty of rope and a hessian bag.
    Bury one anchor and put a sand bag on top.
    Use the other on the beach to hold the stern.
    You won't need it unless it blows up, but easiest just to set it with a float.
    The "sand" is crushed up coral and can wash away from the anchor on change of tide.
    similar to what we did at Hinchinbrook ...... use a pulley system

    from the photos I've seen it looks like there is no water at low tide inside the lagoon

    Chris
    Give a man a fish & he will eat for a day !
    Teach him how to fish
    & he will sit in a boat - & drink beer all day!
    TEAM MOJIKO

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    Re: North West Island (Capricornia Cays NP)

    Quote Originally Posted by NAGG View Post

    from the photos I've seen it looks like there is no water at low tide inside the lagoon

    Chris
    That is correct.
    In a big cat we need 2m of tide to get in and out
    I imagine you'll have a slightly bigger window.
    If it's choppy the worst part is right at the entrance marker.
    Cheers,
    Owen


    The whole world's mad save thee & me (but I'm not too sure about thee)

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    Re: North West Island (Capricornia Cays NP)

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    Dont forget get to take lots of beer.
    It tends to evaporate over there.

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    Re: North West Island (Capricornia Cays NP)

    Quote Originally Posted by rtp1984 View Post
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    Dont forget get to take lots of beer.
    It tends to evaporate over there.

    not too much "Beer" in that lot
    Give a man a fish & he will eat for a day !
    Teach him how to fish
    & he will sit in a boat - & drink beer all day!
    TEAM MOJIKO

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    Re: North West Island (Capricornia Cays NP)

    Quote Originally Posted by NAGG View Post
    not too much "Beer" in that lot

    "When in Rome"......... If you can't handle it Chris you can always stay south of the border. A mate goes up there a bit. They take a kayak or two for going backwards and forwards to the boats. After seeing some of the footage they bought back, it is not the sort of place I would be keen on an evening swim to or from the boat. Their group are predominantly divers - one thing he did mention was that any loose gear (read dive compressor) had to lifted into some sort enclosure for secure stowage during transit on the barge which with heavy gear isn't a whole heap of fun. He loves the joint. Haven't had the opportunity myself as yet.
    "I soak the worms in rum. The fish love em and the worms die happy"
    "Alcohol is not the solution to your problems...................but then again, neither is milk"

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    Re: North West Island (Capricornia Cays NP)

    What do people do for fresh water on NW?

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    Re: North West Island (Capricornia Cays NP)

    Got to take it with you I think.
    "I soak the worms in rum. The fish love em and the worms die happy"
    "Alcohol is not the solution to your problems...................but then again, neither is milk"

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    Re: North West Island (Capricornia Cays NP)

    You can organise through the barge, they have 200l drums that they drop on the beach, and film up from a tank/ pump on the barge.

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    Re: North West Island (Capricornia Cays NP)

    Haven't been there for near on 20 years and miss the place. With fresh water we had to take it with us, usually the barge operator supplied the drums.

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    Re: North West Island (Capricornia Cays NP)

    Hey mate, we are heading out there this weekend again!!

    Where to fish: Douglas shoals would be within reach with your boat on a half decent day. That's a nice easy area to find some fish. Otherwise Broomfields is pretty close and is not bad in about the 20m areas...

    What to target: you name it!!!!! Pretty much anything mate. Red emporer, coral trout and Spanish mackeral are usually our goto... all the other reefys come up there as well!

    Camping: designated campsites are everywhere just beyond the tree line. Long drop eco toilets out there as well which are surprisingly clean and don't stink! As mentioned there are birds everywhere!!! So take earplugs and a tarp to tie up over everything. Take your own water out there and there are designated areas to store fuel as well.. might have to walk around a bit to find them.
    Take 2 anchors as mentioned.
    And we take a lantern to hang out in front of camp if we are fishing into the night... we spent a while trying to find a camp area one night after most of our beer "evaporated"..... lol

    Barge costs: ???? Never used it...

    Our experience: We never want to come home!!! Lol. One of the most perfect places on the planet!!!!
    Have a look on youtube for "bound for north west 2016" one of our trips out there.
    Any other questions feel free to ask!

    Sent from my SM-G900I using Tapatalk

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    Re: North West Island (Capricornia Cays NP)

    Hey Ringy
    No fishing this weekend for reef fish up north ....... Better take heaps of beer instead
    Coral reef fin fish

    Coral reef fin fish closure dates for 2014 to 2018 are:

    • 21 October 2014 to 25 October 2014
      19 November 2014 to 23 November 2014
    • 10 October 2015 to 14 October 2015
      9 November 2015 to 13 November 2015
    • 28 October 2016 to 1 November 2016
      26 November 2016 to 30 November 2016
    • 17 October 2017 to 21 October 2017
      15 November 2017 to 19 November 2017
    • 6 October 2018 to 10 October 2018
      5 November 2018 to 9 November 2018

    Tidal waters within the following boundary are closed waters for coral reef fin fish:

    • from the northern tip of Cape York along latitude 1041' south
    • to longitude 145 east
    • to latitude 13 south, longitude 145 east
    • to latitude 15 south, longitude 146 east
    • to latitude 1730' south, longitude 147 east
    • to latitude 21 south, longitude 15255' east
    • to latitude 2430' south, longitude 154 east
    • to latitude 2450' south, longitude 154 east along latitude 2450' south to the mainland shore along the shore to the northern tip of Cape York at latitude 1041' south.

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