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Just came back from a weeks trip paddling the Keppel Group of Islands.
Whilst the weather was warm the wind was constantly blowing from the North and made for poor fishing.
We were not too bothered as the camping/paddling was the main focus of the trip and any fish that decided to commit suicide by jumping onto our hooks was a bonus.
The weather was a bit lopsided as it blew very hard all the nights and right up to about 9:00am most days and then calmed off for a few hours until it came up again in the afternoon.
We just accomodated the varying wind into our schedules and ran between islands when the wind abated and either went bushwalking/snorkelling etc when we were restricted to camp.
The first day paddling across to Humpy Island from Emu Park was special when we were lucky (nearly unlucky) when two whales surfaced next to us and hung around for a while.
Other sea creatures were the usual turtles and dolphins you see in the area and a sea snake.
The fishing was poor even for the locals. We caught some small flathead on the sandflats and a nice Queenie off the rocks. Some large Queenies followed our lures but all turned away except one.
He tasted great diced and added to coconut milk and curry on a fluffy bed of rice.
The first photo is a scanned map of the area overlayed with a track from my handheld GPS using OziExplorer. The GPS was only turned on for our main travelling....we paddled around the islands more than the GPS shows.
The other photos are from my Digital. I'll post "on water" photos when I get the film developed from the uderwater disposibles
 

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Great photos lazydays. The keppels is a great spot - launching from Emu Park and heading for Humpy you would have passed one of my fishing spots - Pelican Island.

The Humpy paddle/camp/fish trip is high on my list of priorities - its just a shame that me having multiple days off in a row is not high on my bosses list of priorites...how long did it take you to paddle across to Humpy and what yaks were you paddling?

The yak fishing would be amazing around the whole area when the conditions are right shame you didn't get amongst them - seems like you had a great trip still though.
 

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We camped on the islands for a week and took all our supplies and water with us.
We all had SIK's and just managed to fit all our gear in. Snorkelling gear was strapped to the decks.
On the longer paddles we averaged just over 6k/hr. With the bigger paddles out and back to the mainland we couldn't afford to linger about with the small window of opportunity between the winds that got up to about 20/25kph.
The longest paddle is from Emu Point (15k), passed Pelican Island out to Humpy Island. That deeper channel between Pelican and Humpy is where we came across the 2 whales.
The bore water on Humpy doesn't taste too bad and we used it for cooking.
Most of the paddles moving north after that are fairly short.
5k to Great Keppell, 3k to Middle, 2.5k to Miall and then 7k to Pumpkin. Then it's a further 3k to the Consodine Bay campsite on North Keppel Is.
Then it's 12 k back to the mainland to land at the Capricornia Resort
The bore water at Consodine Bay camp is terrible but water was available from the tank that collects water from the toilet block. We were here a few years ago and both the bore and tank were dry.
The sandflies from the swamp on North Keppel were horrific. We should have upped camp and moved across to Conical Island but the national parks has a restriction of 6 people at a time and we had 7 in our group.
As a safety backup (or option for SOT's) is to put the kayaks on the commercial boat that drops the tourists off to the resort on Great Keppel Is......don't know the cost though.
 

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Great Post lazydays,

thank you for sharing. :D :D
 
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