Cassini Island, Kimberley help

Hi all,

been a lurker for a very long time, but decided it was time to ask for help.  I am heading up to Cassini Island (middle of nowhere in the Kimberley) in the next couple of days.  It's a bit late, but thought I'd ask if anyone has been there and has any advice/suggestions etc etc.  I know they get a lot of tuna and macks with a good mix of sails and GTs, but would love any advice from anyone who has been there before. Interested in all the reefies too.

picked up new rod and reel from Honsu today in preparation for some big hits...

thanks in advance.


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heaps of mackies and brassy

Sun, 2010-10-10 18:33

heaps of mackies and brassy trevs but I've never got a sail or marlin there, even though they get a bit of publicity. Plenty of trout on the reefs and big golden snapper too. If you can get across to Long Reef there is some good flats stuff for queenies also.

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Fought a HUGE fish near

Sun, 2010-10-10 19:01

Fought a HUGE fish near there for 1 and a half hrs, never seen what it was, took a whole Tuna from the surface and dived to the bottom, towed our tinny in a circle of about 2kms, Dont go under-gunned, thinking it was a huge cod, the decky reckons it was the biggest fish hooked in that area he had ever witnessed.

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sweet

Mon, 2010-10-11 08:55

thanks guys - will be heading over to Long Reef for sure.  What sort of gear did you use?  I'm taking a range of bibs, skirts and slices and a bunch of my favourite poppers.  What worked best?

 

I also hear there a few sharks that can give teh lures and even the hookups quite a hammering.  Wasn't a shark you got, Fathom? what about a croc?Surprised

 

oh, and I don't suppose you had a bash for squid?

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never struck me as a squiddy

Mon, 2010-10-11 09:07

never struck me as a squiddy sort of place. All the usual poppers, divers and skirts will work there. Take a lighter casting rod (20lb), a heavier casting rod and a medium troller like 10-15kg. Also make sure to pack your bottom outfit (jigging or bait, whatever floats your boat). If you are going to spend a bit of time along the mainland coast there chuck in your barra outfit too.
Hopefully the weather comes good for you, it's the sort of place you need reasonable weather to get the most out of it.
Have a good one

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Thought I'd give an update

Thu, 2010-11-04 13:54

Thought I'd give an update in case anyone is interested.  As Lucky Tim said - the place is crawling with macks.  Trolling anything without wire is just throwing lures away.  We had a go at Sails, but the macks were too busy - they eventually even bit off the teaser string on 300lb mono!  There were lots of schools of small tuna - mostly mackerel tuna and loads of gold-spotted and giant trevally.  Flats were good for big metre plus queenies who just love poppers.  The reef was loaded with snapper - we got 5 different species in about 30 mins one afternoon.  There is also a healthy population of bar-cheeked coral trout.  The biggest problem was sharks.  You can't anchor up for long because they just turn up and grab your fish and cut through your rig.  Oh, and there are a few squid - both day and night.

Here is a pic.

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nice to hear you got onto a

Thu, 2010-11-04 15:46

nice to hear you got onto a few fish. Anymore photos?

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haven't got them all back

Thu, 2010-11-04 16:58

haven't got them all back yet, but they are mostly underwater - that's where I spent most of time during the day - and why I know there are so many troutWink.  Arvos were spent fishing.  See what i can find.

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a few more fish

Thu, 2010-11-04 17:41

longnosed emperor - damn i can't get the resolution right and keep within the 500x500px

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hard to tell sizes but - the

Thu, 2010-11-04 20:36

hard to tell sizes but - the cuda was about 1.5metres, the red is only a youngster, but the trevally are pushing a metre

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great under water shots, ur

Thu, 2011-07-07 09:33

great under water shots, ur game going in the water all the time!! im heading to kimberleys soon & all this info is great!!