Fishing Cooktown with jigs and stick baits can result in some BIG fish.
There is so much variety fishing Cooktown as the reef is so close to the coast.
The shallow reef flats are perfect for casting stick baits.
This kind of fishing is true hunting and excitement PLUS as you watch the strike and all hell break loose.
In addition there are headlands and rubble in deeper water, wonky Holes galore. All perfect for jigging up a trophy fish.
Watch our fishing Cooktown with stick baits and jigs below.
If you’re interested in finding and fishing Wonky Holes we have an online course to help you find them. Click here >> Wonky Holes online course.
Options for fishing Cooktown : Top Water
Casting stick baits can be a ton of fun up in the shallows.
The technique is pretty simple.
Find a bommie and cast toward or over it with a stick bait.
Make sure you wear a set of gloves as it can be hard on the hands cranking the handle.
The idea is to get the lure to splash and create surface activity.
If you find some fish, give them a handful of casts and if they don’t respond move on.
Gear used to fish Top Water with Stick Baits
- Diawa Saltiga X8025-8/10
- Cabo 80 reel
- Rapala Xwrap Subwalk 1.5
- Line: 80lb braid
- Leader: 120 lb mono
Jigging on Rubble and Wonky Holes
Fishing Cooktown is just so diverse!
There are many headlands to troll around, flats for fly fishing.
And my favourite! Looking for new spots either Wonky Holes or finding rubble ground holding good fish.
This is the kind of county I look for.
We have three options to learn to use your Fish Finder better and find great new spots.
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Nice red we pulled off some rubble fishing Cooktown using jigs.
Take in the scenery if you head up Fishing Cooktown.
If fishing in Cooktown is not your scene, natural wonders will save the day. Trevathan Falls is a must see.
Directions: Head south from Cooktown around 20K’s to Mt Amos Road, about 10 k’s turn to the right (there was a rudimentary sign), and another sign a little further announcing another turn off. Then it’s a high clearance 4×4 track till you run out of road. Navigate the goat track to the falls and enjoy!
So what’s stopping you coming up to fish Cooktown?
The bitumen comes all the way into town these days so it’s easy to bring your boat.
If you are going to spend a ton of cash on ,accommodation, boats, tackle and fuel, the best bet to maximize that investment is in knowledge.
So be sure and take a look at our online fishing courses.
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A good place to start is our Free Big Picture Fish Finder training.