Barry 'Baz' Lyon

An overview of our estuarine crocodiles

The saltwater crocodile is a large and opportunistic hypercarnivorous apex predator. It ambushes most of its prey and then drowns or swallows it whole. It is capable of prevailing over almost any animal that enters its territory, including other apex predators such as sharks, varieties of freshwater and saltwater fish including pelagic species, invertebrates such as crustaceans, various reptiles, birds, …

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Interesting facts about Cape York termite mounds

Cape York termite

While reaching the tip of Cape York or camping and fishing at your favourite Cape destination may be the main reason to travel into this magnificent region, the sights and experiences along the way are absolutely all part of the journey. Cape York termite It’s the spectacularly varied landscapes and outstanding nature that give the Cape it’s unique character. Cape …

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The underrated sooty grunter

underrated sooty grunter

If there’s one tropical fish that is truly underrated by many anglers, it is the sooty grunter – also known as the freshwater black bream. underrated sooty grunter As the latter name suggests, sooties are fish of the freshwater – inhabiting flowing streams and dams, this fish is found from northeast Queensland though to the northern parts of the Northern …

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Reef fishing northeast Cape York

Reef Cape York

Well, as of November 1, wild barramundi are off the take list in Queensland until next February. However, the current weather patterns open up other fabulous fishing options on Cape York, while we leave barra to go do their spawning thing. November is slap bang in the middle of the ‘build up’ season here – with rising heat and humidity …

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Reef fishing northwest Cape York

September on Cape York is very much a transitional month weatherwise. This is the peak of the dry season – conditions are definitely warming and there’s an increasing chance the seemingly relentless southeast trade wind may ease off from time to time. Reef Cape York Inshore water along northwest Cape York is usually fishable by smaller but seaworthy boats of …

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Camping and cooking on the Cape

WHAT a fantastic time of year on the Cape! The mid-dry season – or ‘winter’ – here is magical, with mild weather and perhaps an occasional cooler night inland. So far, the ubiquitous southeast trade wind has been relatively light. At the time of writing, we hadn’t had enough ‘winter’ to really slow the barramundi bite down, and with August …

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Queensland outback magic

WITH a big, long wet season continuing into April over most of the Cape, and the Peninsula Development Road stilled closed, my wife Shelley and I decided to head out west for a couple of months to explore some more of Queensland’s magical Channel Country. If you’re not familiar with this region, it’s characterised by vast ‘downs’ plains, with few …

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Exploring the Cape and all it has to offer

CAPE York is so many things to so many people! Exploring, camping and fishing in a wonderfully remote tropical region with hugely diverse landscapes, the four-wheel-drive challenges and corrugations, the fantastic fishing, the amazing culture and history and so on. Explore Cape York Underlying everything of course is the unique nature of the Cape, that is what makes this remarkable …

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More preparations for a trip to the Tip

THE wet in the cape continues. Nothing massive yet but there have been widespread heavy falls over most northern and inland parts, less along coastal regions in the south so far. However, March statistically is the wettest month for most of eastern Cape York, so there may be much more to come yet. As a follow on from last month, …

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A bit about crocodiles

THE arrival of decent storms in October and November across much of the Cape signalled a likely early onset of the monsoon season – as predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology. Because the country is initially so dry at this time of year, the first runs in rivers and creeks are not usually sustained and levels drop over the following …

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