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East Coast Fly – West Coast Barra

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At Lizard Island, we welcome well-known fly fishing guide Dave Bradley and a group of his regulars on board for an exploratory fly-fishing trip up the reefs, shoals and cays off the coast of Princess Charlotte Bay to the Lockhart River.

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Unfortunately, only one day was really fishable due to the weather and so the real potential of the region was not on display — but more trips are planned in the future…weather depending!  Thanks to Patrick, Ian, Bob and Peter for their wonderful company.

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Max and John joined us a Horn/Thursday Island for a few days of pre-fishing on the Skardon and Ducie Rivers.

With the gulf stirred up from the wind and waves that accompanied the tropical low earlier this week, as well as the soaking rains that it brought, the fishing of the last few days has been tough, but we are just starting to see the conditions return to what is usual for this time of year now.

The barra fishing today was the best we’ve seen so far on the trip and the visibility in the river is improving steadily.   This morning we had some good fun on the flats throwing lures in the snags.  We found a group of barra bunched up on a lonesome mangrove snag and pulled a quick dozen small fish off before Donny hooked this nice solid 97cm barra and chased it through a log snag to get it to the boat.

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The crabbing has likewise been tough with the swell pushing right into the river, but again yesterday we had some success and it’s mud crab lasagne for dinner for our last night on the way back into Weipa.

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Glen and the rest of the boys join us from Tasmania on Tuesday and we look forward to getting stuck into the fish for the first trip of the season proper!

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