Come and fish wild Weipa with Scotty Lyons of Southern Sydney fishing Tours, Spend six nights and seven days exploring the vast waterways of Weipa . The TILLIMAY is your home on the water, which provides a great base to explore and experience some outstanding fishing that this area is renowned for.

Weipa is a mining town of approximately 2500 people located on the western coast of the Cape York Peninsula.

The dry season is a great time to fish Weipa as the temperatures during the day averages 27`to 30` with south-easterly breezes and cool tropical nights.

Early morning fishing the blue water for Spanish Mackerel, Long Tail Tuna and plenty of big sharks. Spinning the many rocky outcrops along the coast for Coral Trout, Mangrove Jacks, Finger Mark, Trevally and Queen Fish. Reef fishing for Sweetlips, Red Emperor, Cod and Coral trout. After lunch hit the creeks for Barramundi, Queen Fish, Mangrove Jacks and Trevally and set the pots for Mud Crabs, Or spend the afternoon spotting Crocs and other wild life in and around one of the many tropical creeks that flow into Albatross Bay.


For the more adventurous, The drive from Cairns to Weipa takes about 12 hours over mainly dirt road, There are daily flights from Cairns to Weipa which take approx 1.5 hours which will have you in Weipa on time to board the TILLIMAY, Your home afloat.


10 metre house boat powered by twin 50hp outboards, The top deck features the helm, BQ and outdoor setting, 70 litre freezer/ice box, Down stairs features six beds, Hot shower and Toilet, Kitchen that opens onto a large rear deck complete with fish filleting table and deck wash. Two 4.5metre tenders powered by 50hp outboards are ideal for fishing the blue water or exploring the vast rivers.


  • Colour sounder & GPS map
  • Radio and CD player
  • Cutlery, Crockery and Cooking Utensils
  • Linen, Towels, Soap and toilet paper
  • Plenty of fresh water
  • All safety gear
  • All meals
  • Soft drinks


  • Fishing gear
  • Camera and video
  • Sun cream and a good hat
  • Sun glasses
  • Clothing and toiletries
  • Your favourite CDs
  • Old sand shoes or booties
  • Insect repellent


Pack light as there are flight restrictions as far as weight you are able to carry on please check before packing (20kg and 4kg carry on Weipa flight).

The gear that I find suitable in Weipa and will cover most of the fishing,
A light bait caster or a thread line reel and a rod about 1.8metres, Spooled with 8kg this will be ideal for creek fishing around the snags.

The second outfit is for spinning and light reef fishing, Rod of about 2.1metres and a thread line reel spooled with 10kg to 15kg is ideal.

These two rods will cover most of your fishing that you will encounter, The third outfit is for shear mussel, Short rod, Small over head reel spool with 20kg to 30kg line this will handle most beasties from the deep.

Rod examples just a guide

  • Shimano Back Bone Series BC 56 BCM and a Curado series reel to match
  • Shimano Back Bone Series BB702 SPIN and a 4000 Stradic reel
  • Shimano Taipan Snapper Special TP 70 Snapper and a 4500 Bait runner
  • Shimano Taipan TP 66 Jig Spin and a Charter Special reef


Soft plastics work well, White is a stand out colour same size as Flathead jigs about 100mm shads or the old twin tails are great, Any of the top brands like Squidgies and the cheaper unnamed brands will catch fish.

Metal spinning lures are a must small size around 50mm and 80mm are just right.

Small bibbed lures are great around the snags and you may need a few larger minnows for trolling like CD 11,14 etc.

Hooks and skinners, Bring a small range as the reef fishing can be good, Size 1/0, 3/0 and 4/0 and a few larger hooks for live baiting, Ball sinkers from 0ball up to 4ball should do the job and a few snapper leads for bottom fishing.

Trace line of 20kg and 40kg, Wire trace will be needed when tackling mackerel and sharks.

Spare spools of line are a good idea.

The vast number of species found around Weipa provides world class fishing.

Reports and Upcoming Dates


Another great week of fishing in Botany Bay on Saturday after a phone call from a fellow fisho in his green Kayak giving me the heads up that he just landed two good Kings around 1metre one of the trolled lures screamed off. Vincent did well landing his PB King of 97cms and I spoke to few other anglers and…

Cool weather great Fishing
Cool weather great Fishing

Well this week temps have dropped a little in Sydney with cool west winds early but great days on the water from now on. Trevally, big Tailor and Flathead are all a top chance in the Bay. Deep sea will see Snapper, Morwong fire on the reefs if you can fine them as well as Flathead across the sand. FISHING…

Reef Fishing Fires
Reef Fishing Fires

A great weekend on the water for all anglers, Botany Bay fished well with Trevally, Bream, and Kings along with a few Flathead on Plastics. Sunday out wide on the Reefs off Coogee fished well for Snapper, Mowrong and Pig Fish all caught on salted Pilchards, Spots now open next Sunday the 14th to fish Deep sea. FISHING TRIPS COMING…

A Day on Botany Bay


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