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    Lizard island 2020

    Hi all.
    Not long got back from 5 days fishing at lizard island north of Cooktown.
    We jagged some nice weather for the 5 days.
    Although it was a northerly for most the time which made the fishing smidge slower for up there and the weather insanely hot.

    We launched from Cooktown and ran the 90odd km up in about 2 hours.
    Cooktown caravan park was awesome enough to mind our trailer while away. Legends..

    We managed to fish Jewel reef most days. Itís awesome to fish a place in your own boat after seeing people like nomad on YouTube do the same!
    Place in untouched. 99% lure fishing, nearly every retrieve has fish following.
    Caught a heap of red bass and trout.
    Got some real stonker trout on stick baits.
    Plus usual reef lurkers.

    Fished the deeper water jigging for whatever. Got obliterated most times , lost about 20jigs in one morning! My 80lb gear isnít sufficient for that joint.


    The fish holding on the outside edge of the reefs is phenomenal. Like an aquarium where ever you stop. At one stage we saw school of 4 trout on a ledge all well over a 1m long. Getting em to hit a lure is another story.

    I will say Iíve never experienced sharks before in such epic numbers. They were absolutely everywhere. We woukd easily have caught 20-30 sharks each day and hooked twice as many more. No matter where we fished we struggled to get away from them at times.

    Lizard island is an amazing place. We camped on the island whilst there. The anchorage in Watsonís bay is excellent. The camp ground is fairly crappy and not well maintained.

    We used 600l of fuel and did 700km on the water whilst there and drank approx 100l of water..lol.

    All in all amazing place and Iíll be back for sure.
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    Re: Lizard island 2020

    I didnt think coral trout got that big have only seen the odd one on tv

    Love that trev want to catch one one day

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    Re: Lizard island 2020

    Thanks mate.
    The main attraction for going that far north is catching huge trout. So many monsters that smoked us bigger than what we landed.

    Def worth while fishing it once in your lifetime at least.


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    Re: Lizard island 2020

    nice report . very pretty fish good to hear there is waters still teeming like the waters of eden , that fish in frame 4 whats that?

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    Re: Lizard island 2020

    Thatís a red bass. Catch them by the dozen up northern reef. No take species. But that was my first one on a lure. Heaps of fun to catch .


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    Re: Lizard island 2020

    Looks like you had a great adventure Flex.

    The missus wants to go up once the tradewinds ease off in September/October if this corona nightmare is over by then...its only a 5-6 hour drive to Cooktown..

    Did you get your extra fuel from the SeaswiftÖ?...we dont want to take a boatload of jerries if possible...

    and mate ...where's the Reds...?...

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    Lizard island 2020

    Hey mate.
    Was a blast of a trip. Im honestly not sure youíll get there comfortably in sep/oct unless you can go when ever the weather comes good the drop of a hat. How big is your boat?
    Make sure you take inflatable. It makes the trip and is to dangerous without one.

    We took all our own fuel. 100l in Jerryís and 500in boat. Next time Iíll see what i can tee up with seaswift. Have you heard of anyone doing it? They load up from cairns every two weeks to lizard I think?

    We spent about 6-7 hours one day chasing reds in 50-70m mark north of lizard. Found some sensational marks in 60m but no reds. Heap of other reef fish though and bazillion sharks. We got shredded by some massive bottom dwellers we couldnít turn. Maybe these were 20kg reds
    Found probably a dozen marks all over the place in the deeper water but no nannies or reds . I have a feeling they are in bit closer on the flatter country up that way.


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    Re: Lizard island 2020

    Quote Originally Posted by Flex View Post
    Hey mate.
    Was a blast of a trip. Im honestly not sure youíll get there comfortably in sep/oct unless you can go when ever the weather comes good the drop of a hat. How big is your boat?
    Make sure you take inflatable. It makes the trip and is to dangerous without one.

    We took all our own fuel. 100l in Jerryís and 500in boat. Next time Iíll see what i can tee up with seaswift. Have you heard of anyone doing it? They load up from cairns every two weeks to lizard I think?

    We spent about 6-7 hours one day chasing reds in 50-70m mark north of lizard. Found some sensational marks in 60m but no reds. Heap of other reef fish though and bazillion sharks. We got shredded by some massive bottom dwellers we couldnít turn. Maybe these were 20kg reds
    Found probably a dozen marks all over the place in the deeper water but no nannies or reds . I have a feeling they are in bit closer on the flatter country up that way.


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    Looks like you got the pick of the weather too..

    and yeah we are pretty flexible.pretty much work around boating weather anyway...we have to be in FNQ as you dont really know when the tradewind season will taper off...just prefer to go before it gets filthy hot but depends on this virus and the winds ultimately..

    50-80kms each way is the average fishing trip for us anyway off Mission beach or Innisfail and with no islands once we get out there..lol...so the actual distance travelled up by cooktown is not the issue, just the wind and fuel to last the trip...yeah we have talked to seaswift and you can tee it up with them to drop your extra fuel up at Lizard so that makes life a lot easier...

    Sharks are getting insane up here ..basically the more boats that go to certain spots seems to train the sharks that a meal is coming....so when fishing known wrecks, shoals or marks it can sometimes be almost impossible to land a fish....and losing gear and jigs can get exxy....its best to scout around and find your own marks to have a chance...even then as you found they can still sometimes ruin the party..

    Did you have any reservations about leaving your boat moored while you were camping on the island and how about leaving gear unattended at camp while out fishing..?...and what sort of inflatable did you take and why..?..and did you have a freezer to bring fish home or did you release most..?

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