Fishin’ Maggie

BARRA SEASON STARTS MIDDAY 1/2/2015 (NEXT SUNDAY) ITS ON.

What’s Happening on Maggie

Barra Season is here again, finally, and starting on a Sunday this year, currently with favourable conditions, live mullet, lures and lots of patience. I’m having the afternoon off work next Sunday. Gone fishing! I’m going to try all my favourite caves and Barra haunts.

Crabs are building in numbers with the help of the 160ml of rain that we have enjoyed in the past week or so. In fact Pebbles and Co were treated to the awesome sight of a procession of crabs crossing the causeway at Ned Lee’s creek. An amazed Pebbles said they were heading across on the high tide and were of good size and definitely on a mission to get downstream. Crab Pots out everyone. Also flushing out were prawns and Jellyfish.

I heard a report of a boat tipping off the Horseshoe Bay boat ramp last week. Apparently the cable snapped while being pulled out, and the boat went off the high side of the ramp, smashing the motor off the transom on the way over. Low tide at Horseshoe often causes boat owners to use extra-long cables to winch the boats from the flats. In this case apparently a crimp gave way. Not one local’s lucky day.

Can anyone drop in and tell me about the fort structure at The Point at Horseshoe Bay? I had forgotten about it until the other day, when I saw it again.
As I’m writing this at the counter, Patsy just bought in an injured baby leatherneck, fallen from the nest. Phil B tells me Leathernecks take the nests of our wonderful Sunbirds, using it for themselves at the cost of Sunbird babies. I learn from you all every day.

Onshore Fishing

Horseshoe Bay has been plagued with predominant North Westerlies, causing rolling swells and crap weedy waters. The big tides took away hundreds of tonnes of the sand that had been moved by council late last year, causing more issues for the beach.

For the fisho’s there are still Queenies cruising close to shore, but they are proving finicky in their eating, and choosing a lure that appeals is difficult. Small and prawn like is still my tip, like a Halco Scorpion Jelly Prawn. The weed is causing grief with most lures getting trapped in the abundant green crap, I watched the lifesavers drying to drag the stinger nets last week, and the weight of the weed made it almost impossible, plus seeing an irukandji would be like winning the lottery in all that dragged muck. Hopefully it clears up shortly, as there’s still plenty of fish in the bay and the Barra will also be on the menu again. Ray got one monster Barra rollover on a popper on Horseshoe Bay on Sunday morning, but no fish. Tarpon are also still turning up with the harbour in Nelly, Picnic Bay Jetty and West Point all being hotspots for this fun fighting fish. A school of GTs came for a visit, enjoying the jetty for 3 days before moving on.

For this week wind tides and weather all look favourable for fishing and boating.

Offshore Fishing

Crowdy did a fishing blooper last week. After catching a tasty Nannygai off WestPoint in his boat, Crowdy chucked it on the esky to measure it. As he was measuring the fish, it decided that the grip was loosening up and did one big flick and back into the water and freedom. One meal less for Crowdy.

Smooth boating on the Western and Sothern side meant great catches of Nannygai off Nelly and Arthur Bay. It seems bottom bashing is still the best fishing method this month with plenty of hungry reds, trout and cod.

Ben was suffering minor whiplash while spearfishing after being beaten up by an angry Queenfish. I kid you not. After spearing the Queenie, Ben was repeatedly rammed in the head before the fish succumbed.

I isolated my boat issue, both filters full of water. There is a good lesson there to keep your boat maintenance up. I have a habit if I get an hour or two off, of jumping in the boat for a look around or quick fish, ignoring oil changes and filter cleaning. It was nearly an expensive lesson and makes me thankful for engine alarms.

Next week
Until next time gone Fishin’…. be back at dark-thirty
Cheers Dale
Fish’n N Fuel’n
36 Mandalay Ave, Nelly Bay 4778-5126

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Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening on Maggie

The storms that have been rolling through have made for some amazing photographs last week, with Facebook being a great venue to show them off.. (Kerry M that was a sweet pic of the storms passing the Jetty). Unfortunately the rains have in the main deserted us with the cloudbursts being north and south of Maggie. Josh had just gone for a run to the Cape when I photographed one big storm tracking his way, but the fishing as always was worth the risk.

The huge storms Sunday night were out Brewer Reef way where there were a lot of boats enjoying the calm seas. That would have been an interesting couple of hours as the lightning show was staggering from Maggie and Horseshoe Bay beach goers got quite a show from 8-11pm

Get well soon best wishes to Lewis who has a broken leg after an accident at Westpoint on Sunday.

Onshore Fishing

Kaleb and Ethan had a family trip down to the creeks mid-week with camping fishing and fun. This trip the boys scored a swag of Jacks in Retreat and had on live bait. See photo. The Jacks certainly are active and are good sizes, well worth the effort. I do rate them as one of my top table fish.

Horseshoe Bay has seen the Jelly prawns hard up against the beaches with Queenies, GTs Tarpon and Wolfie’s smashing them on the rising tides. They are great sport on small lures, but you really have to downsize and have a good flick rig. I managed to squeeze in a short session on Wednesday am which was great fun near the public boat ramp.

WestPoint has been a Salmon spot if you can get past the Rays and Shovelnose Sharks. Soft plastics are working best along here with the waster being clearer than normal.

The Bommie’s off Nelly Bay are still hot spots for all manner of reef fish and the sizes are impressive. The calm waters mean easy hangs with a pilly so get out on the wall.

Offshore Fishing

Glassed out conditions on the weekend meant lots of boat fishing, although carefully watching for approaching storms. Scorching humid conditions made it cooler to troll than anchor. Bottom bouncing was the best, though with some terrific reds caught, including a 70 cm Emperor. One boat also reported a 70 cm trout in close, although I didn’t get the bay location. Best spots were off WestPoint to Liver Point and Bay Rock. Sunday saw some frantic GT activity am, in this area as well. It really is a great year in close for reef fish, including Nannygai and Emperors with legal size being caught reguklarly.

Who Rescues the Rescuer

Sunday I took our Savage 24 for a run. It’s been a good boat and has a Yanmar 240 Diesel on board,. I went for a play in Horseshoe Bay and as usual got swag of Wolf Herring on pretty well any lure I was trolling with, but only 1 Mack. Not exactly a big day for the fish but it was only a quick session before going out again with the family in the afternoon for a picnic on the boat. (The previous run on Tuesday was much better with Macks, Fingermark and 4 other species all taking a trolled Halco. As I was coming into the harbour to pick up Janie, I heard a call from Cliff at Get Around Island Boat Tours, to his hire boat. The hire boat, as it turned out was stuck high and dry on a mud flat at Young Bay with the tide going out. I told Cliff I would run him around there with his canoe to help refloat his boat. Cliff came on board with his canoe, so he could get to his boat and off we went. My motor was running a bit rough, and just as we got near Cliff’s boat the engine alarms went off and the motor stalled. Stranded off Young Bay. (One canoe is not enough power for a tow home no matter how fit you are). Fortunately there was a saviour Bob Lane, who with the help of Sandor came and towed us back home to Nelly. Cliff launched his canoe and got his boat safely home much later than planned. Our tow back yielded only one tail hooked undersize Grey Mack. (and yes of course I trolled home. ) Bob had told me all trolled fish on the way home were his to keep, so I was hoping for more. ) Thanks Bob and Sandor, I owe you a tow and some fish.

Until next time gone Fishin’…. be back at dark-thirty
Cheers Dale
Fish’n N Fuel’n
36 Mandalay Ave, Nelly Bay 4778-5126

For all of your fishing and sports hire gear. We hire and sell fishing rods, and snorkel equipment, plus sell bait, tackle, ice spear fishing equipment, toys, party, pool toys and convenience supplies. Check out Kooler 24 hour Ice 7kg $4.
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