Fishing nearshore Cooktown is one of our favourite things to do. We have done several trips there.
The road to Cooktown is now fully paved and makes for an easy 3.5 hour trip from Cairns, even with the boat.
At one stage Cooktown was a Gold Rush town with ninety-four hotels and just as many brothels.
The area is also littered with shipwrecks from bad weather/cyclones during the Palmer River Gold Rush.
Nowadays it is a small town based mainly around fishing and as a gateway to Cape York.
We used Cooktown as our last stop for fuel on our recently completed trip to Princess Charlotte Bay.
Cape Melville is also an amazing location that can be accessed from here by 4×4.
Wonky Holes (undersea springs) are thick around the area so HUGE trophy fish can be encountered in small boats.
Our online fishing course Wonky Holes shows you exactly how to find them – it will be on sale from 1-7 May 2022
The mountains end abruptly at the sea, making fishing nearshore Cooktown spectacular and productive.
Plus it’s only a short hop to the ribbon reefs and Lizard Island.
Last time we headed to Lizard we got to swim with a friendly whale shark.
So join us for Episode 1 of our trip fishing nearshore Cooktown.
Fishing nearshore Cooktown was the most spectacular we have ever seen it, due to the amount of rain.
Just north of the Endeavour River the shining white silica sands of Cape Flattery and towering cliffs of Cape Bedford make for a wonderful backdrop.
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When you travel all the way up to go fishing nearshore Cooktown, it makes sense to make the most of it by investing in knowledge.
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Gear and Tackle Used
While fishing nearshore Cooktown, we used gear from our gear and tackle cheat sheet.
The cheat sheet contains some of Ryan’s favourites.
If they are no longer available, simply ask your tackle shop for the equivalent.
I hope you enjoyed our video on fishing and exploring nearshore Cooktown.
As we mentioned previously, Cooktown is the gateway to the north.
If you’ve missed our trip to Princess Charlotte Bay you can watch the whole adventure >> here.
Stay tuned next week for Episode 2 as we finally get away from the sharks and our cameraman Stephen catches his PB fish!
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