Mako Travellers Update 2 - Mako 6m SeaJay
This is the first update of our 6 month trip around Oz. We hit the road in late April, stopping in Cairns for a while to ease in to the trip, and finish a few last minute jobs.
The new boat “PLAGICN” – a 6M SeaJay Freedom with a 175HP Yamaha, on a heavy duty Mackay trailer looks great on the road and on the water. After a bit of sight-seeing in the Cairns and Cape Tribulation area, we headed to Karumba for the first real opportunity to go for a fish. We met some great people there, and had an absolute blast. Unfortunately, the fishing was a bit tough – so nothing really photo worthy from this stop.
Speaking to some of the folks, it was the same old fishing yarn – should have been here last week!
Next was King Ash Bay, on the McAarther River, which gives access to the Sir Edward Pellew Islands. This is a great spot for the travelling/angling family, with plenty of friendly folks, a bar – and house boat options for those without aquatic transport. The Sir Edward Pellew Islands are simply stunning – and Paradise Bay is just amazing. Can totally recommend this area – with smaller boats having access to the river, and bigger boats having endless coastal options – and there is a good ramp.
We then travelled the Central Arnhem Rd to Nhulunbuy – which is a full service mining town, surrounded by amazing fishing water. Rivers, reefs and bays – plus off shore islands, and good ramps – we had a ball here and didn’t want to leave. The locals were friendly, and the local tackle store is well stocked, with good honest advice. The Mackerel here in particular were A grade - and hitting with gusto!!!
The last destination for this update was Garig Gunak Barlu NP, in West Arnhem land. We have been there before, as knew it has a good ramp and awesome fishing. The local rangers are friendly and helpful, with amazing fishing options including pelagics on the reefs, some monster GT’s and Coral Trout, and the bay presents Barra and black jewies.
We have been doing a load of offshore work, and I have found the G0H5 lenses perfect in the heat and glare we have been dealing with. This is a grey lens base and is perfect for conditions with high levels of light.
We are in Jabiru now – with Darwin and the Kimberly as the next stops. If you see us on the road – please come and say hello.