fishing is amongst the best on the peninsula.
The town itself is on a river
- an excellent environment for fishing.
So obviously there is a lot of estuarine
fish, but the reef being not too far, you even get an
from the shore.
For years we have been
barramundi, mangrove jack, grunter, queenfish, different kinds of sharks, garfish, jewfish, (only to
name a few
later ones that I even remember) and even spangled emperor.
There are a good few
the town centre then and go further out.
The most popular place for
Cooktown fishing is of course the wharf.
there are other places in the central town where you can get to the
river front - closer to the
Powder Magazine, and also at the boat ramp and Queen's steps.
try from the beaches and rocky headlands in Finch
... there is also a creek mouth great for fishing.
to drive out of
the town, on the northern side is the tiny township of Marton -
turn in and follow the signs to the boat
Across the river is the Endeavour
River National Park, but this side is not.
South of the town are Quarantine
... and Walker Bay
- another great place for fishing in Cooktown.
In Walker Bay there is the beach, and also the mouth of Annan
south, the highway crosses the Annan
River where there is a boat ramp, and also the old
wooden bridge that has always been a popular place
better of course if
you have a big enough
boat, or if not, join a tour, and go out to the Great
Barrier Reef - there is some great fishing! (just read about one very big
marlin caught east of
As you may know there are fishing
- closed seasons, size limits and take and
limits are all in the full detail in the Destination
Very Big Marlin in
October 2014 one very big marlin was caught near Cooktown.
one of those evenings
I was on my execrcise walk, when I was going to the wharf, and walking
past the boat ramp, saw a
crowd of the size you seldom see in Cooktown.
Curious I went closer, until I realised what was happening.
Just as I approached, a
huge fish started rising, being lifted from the Cairns-based fishing
boat 'Top Shot' by a crane. It was
one very big marlin,
and what a scene it was
to walk into!
There was a crowd, but it
would have been a lot bigger if more people knew.
It was a Florida mob that
was travelling the world taking fishing tours to
make world records, while also donating for conservation.
As the humongous black marlin was lifted from the vessel, she was taken to the boat ramp of
And everyone was taking
photos or just watching, amazed.
Once she was on the ground,
she was studied closer,
... and she was measured: this
huge female black marlin was 4m 29cm long and weighed 504.5 kilos.
It is not the world record black marlin as rumoured on the ramp, but it could yield the catcher a
world record in the category of her 50lb fishing line
(which takes the International Game Fishing Association a little while
And the catcher of this big marlin was Stephanie Choate - a Miami based
angler who grew up fishing and has been
on the news with some amazing catches around the world before.
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