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Post Posted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:13 pm    Post subject: Sept School Hols Trip

Hi Guys,

Looking for some advice as to places my 13 yo son and I can fish for 8-10 days in Eastern side of Territory or the Gulf. Places we have contemplated are usual suspects like Karumba, King Ash Bay, Weipa etc. I realise this is a very broad question but I ask as we have never undertaken a trip north like this before and I have also thought about possibly cattle station camps like Seven Emu Station and the like. Obviously a major point is that we only have 2 weeks and we need to factor in travel time return to Mackay. I have a 100 series with a 5.5m Mclay side console with 115 Yammy, 130l fuel tank plus jerry's and 80lb Motor Guide and two Elite 7 Ti units and quality gear. You know the saying, "all the gear and no idea" :D :D We also have all camping equipment which includes gennie, tents swag etc etc and 100 litre and 40 litre fridge which I can break up as 70l fridge/70 litre freezer. Also have 180w solar. So living off the grid and being self sufficient is not an issue. Apologies for a very wordy thread.
Would very much appreciate any advice given and who knows, maybe some of you guys might want to join us :drinking8: :drinking8:

Thanks Dave


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Post Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:40 am    Post subject: Re: Sept School Hols Trip

Plenty to explore out of Karumba, and it is close to where you are. But it is a busy place in the tourist season. Not sure if they have had enough rain tho to fire it up.

Weipa is a great place, lots of options. Once again, worth checking the rain situation.

From King Ash Bay south you have Seven Emu, and north the Towns, Limmen and Roper. Port Roper can turn it on, but is rough bush camping, but with the chance of big fish. Roper did not get a lot of rain this year unfortunately.

There's also Lakefield/PCB on the east side of Cape York P.

I reckon, for variety, go to Weipa. The usual suspects aren't always a bad choice.

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Post Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Sept School Hols Trip

Manangoora is worth a look $150/vehicle for up to a month easy bank launch spots, decent goldies grunter etc from the channel at the mouth of the wearyn, the smaller coastal creeks to the south have good barra, access is tide dependant, lots of twists and turns going in...save a gps track to make it easier

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Post Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Sept School Hols Trip

Thanks Guys,

Appreciate advice given. I think maybe just going to look in Qld now due to timeframe and maybe look at NT areas when we have at least a month.


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Post Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Sept School Hols Trip

The fish finder mag should cover a few spots out that way too it's worth the few bucks could save a prop..

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Post Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Sept School Hols Trip

goldfish wrote:
The fish finder mag should cover a few spots out that way too it's worth the few bucks could save a prop..








Thanks great idea. Still leaning towards Karumba. Just got to get my head around dealing with all the grey nomads around Sept time and possibility of very populated fishing areas??
Of interest, from Mackay Karumba is approx(Google Earth} 1300 kms, Weipa 1500 kms, Burketown 1400 kms and King Ash Bay 2200 kms.


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Sept School Hols Trip

Just updated my answer above, as it was written in a bit of a hurry. The beauty of the east side of the Top End is that you can tour of the rivers.

Long range sea trip north of Karumba up the Cape coast would be fun, some remote area logistics involved, and have to watch those vast tidal flats.

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