In my last blog: Beach barra session with a stranger I wrote how I met Marius and Denise. I mentioned you would hear from them again as we share a lot in common and enjoy the same things in life. From wining to dining, exploring, boating, camping, four-wheel driving, and of course fishing we like it all! Here we are on a little discovery mission up North.
Camping and fishing around Cooktown is fantastic but gosh what can the wind blow up there! What can make fishing time to time very difficult. The spots we looked up on google earth before we left were epic with awesome scenery. Bit wind exposed but we managed to get our lines wet and got some toothy action!
The first spot we fished a deep channel. On a free-swimming weightless rig we had some good-sized live baits out and it didn’t take long before mine got hit first.
Short run and before I could set a hook it was gone..
I waited a few minutes and when I retrieved my bait? Half was missing. The fish had sliced the bait clean…
Then Marius hooked onto a monster. We could see this big mackerel jumping out of the water. Another surface break and a fast run; he looked like he was locked in but then the fish turned different angle and snapped Marius off like it was nothing.
We knew we’re in trouble. We tried to get away with heavier leader, 100 lb mono and big circle hooks but no joy. We lost more live bait and of course fish…
Big toothy Mackerel was on the bite and fishing without trace was not going to land us fish. You can say I was bit spewing that I didn’t carry trace wire but on the otherside I was stoked to find a spot like this with this landbased with such good action!
The next day and evening we did a dead bait session of the beach at a big river mouth.
I got told by locals there was big fingermark/golden snapper around. I never caught a big one and so is still on my bucket list of fish.
With our fresh locally caught bait there could always be a chance of securing a feed on some good quality eating snappah’s.
Unfortunately, the fish in grey suits were loving our fresh bait too. Bite offs again!?! But then caught a little barracuda and finished the night session with a few reefsharks and a pb grunter.
The next day before we drove back to Port Douglas we spent a few hours in Cooktown center. It’s a really cool little town where you can soak up the easy-going Far North QLD lifestyle.
The waterfront is a real popular spot to catch a fish or breeze.
The jetty is always full with tourist fishing and when the locals fish between them you know the fish is on the bite!
Marius managed to snag a nice barramundi right under the jetty on a big live hering! Awesome Fish Marius!