Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening on Maggie

I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon down at the jetty; it’s been a long time since I’ve actually just sat there and watched the day go past. It was nice to just chat to people, and help kids fish. There were plenty of small fish around, the normal variety that you get at the jetty, and all happy to attack a dangle lump of squid. The larger pelagic’s, however, were noticeably absent. The livies stayed on the hook, swimming around, not being harassed, for the whole afternoon, Yet again I got to watch the storms build up over the ranges and then totally miss Magnetic Island heading north. We really are struggling to get a wet season in 2015, and the creeks have stopped running, which in late February is almost unheard of.

There are few crabs around still. Is that because of a lack of a wet season or have we over trapped them. Some local come in to FNF with the view that we lay way too many traps, overtaxing our small mangrove area and limited creeks. What do you think?

More Croc Stories

I almost cringe when I hear anything about crocodiles these days. However there was a reliable report from Loris and 2 other witnesses, who were squidding at the time. They say they saw a large croc was lounging around the boat ramp at Picnic Bay last Thursday night between the stinger net and the jetty. They rang FNF and EHP to let everybody know. They are upset because EHP said they had a lot more on their plate after the cyclone down south. And seem disinterested. They are probably getting hundreds of reports weekly, I would guess. Have you all seen the fake croc head in the water at the Lions Park? That’s creating quite a stir.

Onshore Fishing

Ben lost a thumpin Barra in the worst possible way, when he cast into Horseshoe Bay last week, Ben baited a live mullet and cast the rig. The Mullet must have hit the Barra smack on the head; who promptly swallowed his surprise treat from heaven, and bolted. Unfortunately Ben still had the bail arm open and was unable to get his reel organised in time, or the bail arm closed and the Barra just kept going. Just plain bad luck that is.

Barra have definitely been harder to come by in the last week despite the fact that there were better fishing tides . Only four Barra reported the biggest being 75 and luckiest being just legal at 61. Dave from West Point just made it with that one.

Offshore Fishing

Rocky Bay headland hosted some good size schools of GT’s last week, providing great sporting action for many boats. Matt and Pud got amongst it as did many others, having good GT action so close to home is always a rare treat. I got out with Caillen and John for some snorkelling and cray collecting on Friday, watching carefully for any crocs of course, and we scored some beauties. Sunday Dinner was fresh Coral Trout with Cray tails and chips. Just unbeatable tucker.

Moon Phases and Estuaries

More timely thoughts on Big tides and water movement Big tides means thousands of litres of water moving rapidly from creeks and our harbour spilling into the ocean. With all that water movement, creek and ocean floor will always be disturbed considerably. Food organisms living in or near the bottom become part of this mass exodus of water. Small fish then feed on these organisms, bigger fish will feed on these fish, and those pesky sharks feed on those fish. This equals a healthy marine environment. Pelagic fish species eating habits also vary depending on the phase of the moon. Everyone has a different story, but many studies show they are more active for 4 days leading up to the full moon and for 4 days after the new moon. That last big Barra Run fits perfectly with moon timing. More food for thought.

Until next time gone Fishin’…. be back at dark-thirty
Cheers Dale
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Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening on Maggie

Our very windy week kept the humidity nicely at bay. That was one of the coolest February weeks I can remember but definitely not good for fishing. The fish were shut down all week, with the murky waters pushing the Pelagics deeper.

I took a yak out to White Lady Bay exploring on the weekend. It is such a lovely bay, and so much history. (I wonder how many unsuspecting boats from afar hit those oyster covered underwater posts from the oyster beds that are all through the bay.) The amount of Asbestos warning signs on the shore is ridiculous though. Every ruin and building has warning signs plastered around. I think some areas need a good clean up, but it would be a great place to have a picnic with the family.

Tropical cyclone warnings will probably keep the Island generally quiet this week, although lots of backpackers have left Cairns to chase the Sun in Townsville.

The Bucket

One lady was telling me a funny story about being out with 2 blokes trolling off the bay. The day was hot and one of the blokes fell asleep. The other 2 wannabe comedians tied a wire bucket to his line then woke him up. There was an ensuing 10 minutes of hard cranking work before sleepy realised he had been had.

Onshore Fishing

The Bohle is cranking out Crabs with one or our water board island guys getting 16 keepers in 3 traps in the mouth of the river. On our island though, the pots are noticeably light. There are still some blue swimmers in the harbour, but muddies are much scarcer. We still need our big wet on the Island to flush them out. There are a few prawns in Young Bay but they are very small as yet.
Caiden got out to Westpoint on the weekend and cracked a 1 m Queenie on live mullet. Other species caught were a 2kg GT and a 1.2m Hammerhead.

Horseshoe Bay was the calmest bay, but again very quiet. Dave reported a Grunter topping the scales at 4kg south of the stinger nets. The beast was caught on dead limp prawn, so you just never know.

The Wedding

A jealous wife was complaining to her husband that he thought more of catching fish than their relationship.

“You don’t pay me any attention at all any more. All you think about is fishing. I bet you don’t even remember the day we got married? “

“Of course I do honey, it was the day I got that monster Barra in the Bohle”

Until next time gone Barra Fishin’…. be back at dark-thirty
Cheers Dale
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Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening on Maggie

Our elusive Croc has been travelling many km over the last week. Sighted in the Channel last Monday cruising towards town, then sighted off the strand Tuesday and Wednesday.

Here’s the latest from EHP to FNF (Sunday) is that he is not yet caught and is most likely the same male Croc as last year, looking for his female. Their last official sighting is in the Bohle, and they are still trying to catch him to relocate.

Irukandji in the Horseshoe Bay stinger nets caused closures for swimming 3 days out of 7 last week. I have never seen Horseshoe Bay as quiet on a Sunny day as last Friday.

A sad and angry tale has emerged of a Barra well over 120cm that was left just lying on the beach to rot at West point with its throat cut. There are some angry locals around who would like to know who the culprit is. If you have any knowledge drop in and see me at the shop.

Lovely cooler weather has been so refreshing late last week, giving us a small break from the ridiculous humidity. The weekend was without tourists, and businesses that are open are feeling the February pinch as the money dries up, us included.

More news on sharks, two massive sharks were sighted at the top of Gustav creek early last week. With the harbour full of bait and predators, it makes sense that the big predators would visit. I had two unstoppable’s on live mullet last week, both probably shark’s, they bit through wire trace like it was string. Were they the same Tigers? Besides Tiger sharks, some other massive visitors have been seen in the harbour. More next week.

Onshore Fishing

West Point has been producing a heap of smallish Trevally, schools of Tarpon, and yes lots of Barra. The biggest was a whopping 1.05 to Luke Masters. The Mangroves have been hot with evening action, through to midnight with the moons being perfect for late night luring, and the well placed mullet.

Horseshoe Bay had its share of action. Barra 60 to 80cm have been landed mid beach, and the Tarpon are also abundant and taking soft plastics. I just love playing with big Tarpon, they leap and twist and on light gear and really are top sport. I grabbed some R&R on Thursday morning and went to Horseshoe Bay for a look. Tarpon after Tarpon smashed my Squidgie at the boat ramp. The Prize catch of the week was also at Horseshoe but after dark, where Matt C caught a 108 Barra on a handline. Now that’s a Cracker of a Barra Well done Matt C. See Pic

An unusual catch occurred in the harbour with a thumpin big Craycaught on rod and reel. That’s an unusual but not unappreciated accidental catch.

Offshore Fishing

Close in fishing was all that could be managed last week, due to rough weather. However that was fine as there was some tremendous Barra action in Tinnies. Picnic Bay to West Point produced more than 30 Barra, (most catch and release.) Thanks to those who supplied some great photos. Caiden’s 94 Barra landed in the Harbour after an epic fight on light tackle has to be top moment too. Keep the Barra photos coming in and I’ll put the best shot in each week.

I have to say that this year the Barra fishing opening week has been top class. It’s a long time since I can say the Barra action was that intense in a 5 day period. That’s awesome for the Island.

BARRA FACTS- AGE

There are many variables in sizes in working out Barra age. Food, climate and water quality included.

As a general guide

30-40cm =1 Year old,

50-60cm 2 Years Old

60-80cm 3 Years Old

1M plus 8 Years old

To be accurate you can count the rings on the scales. (Yes just like trees.)

Until next time gone Barra Fishin’…. be back at dark-thirty

Cheers Dale

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Fishin’ Maggie

Barra Season is Open

The Barra season has kicked off and no caught reports yet. Funnily enough I sighted one on an empty pontoon while I was washing my fish catch Sunday afternoon. I was just rinsing a fish in the water and shaking to get the crap remnants out and a Barra came flying out from under the pontoon, then saw me, turned tail and bolted. We both got a shock I can tell you.

The moon phase is perfect right now, so have a fish on the Moonrise and Moonset with live mullet or lure. Good Luck

What’s Happening on Maggie

Our friendly Fire Brigade attended a call out for a yacht which burned to the waterline at Gowrie Bay last week. On Saturday the owner re-floated, towed it to Nelly, and hauled it up the boat ramp at Nelly Bay. There wasn’t much left.

Our friendly 4m croc seems to have headed off to harass other towns. I went out Sunday morning for crocodile information run in friend’s tinnie as my boat is still out of action. We had no sightings and the trap off Nobbys Headland is still baited but empty. See Photo.

The tourist business was woeful last week, who wants to snorkel or swim with Croc warnings everywhere and beaches closed? Let’s hope we can move on. Information has been hard to get which is frustrating for all tourist operators. There needs to be a better information network for these things. Maybe a there needs to be a link between National Parks Townsville and Tobmi??

Neville was fishing with his daughter off Bright Point rocks late last week, when he saw not one but 2 massive Tiger Sharks casually cruising past the rocks heading towards Fisherman’s Cove. We all know they are out there, but seeing them is always incredible.

Friendly Feud

One of my fun activities is always having a practical joke. One of my favourite targets is Mark. I won’t use his real name. Last week Mark pulled up for air and I managed to get his vehicle keys out of his ignition and got back into the shop without being noticed. I was quite proud of my speed. It took Mark a minute or so sitting in his Thirsty Camel Van. (Oops that gave it away,) to realize I had done it, and the retaliation was Jack Daniels stickers on the petrol bowsers. Hmm that just might be a good Island money spinner.

Onshore Fishing

Crabbing has been dismal despite traps being set in many locations. Patrick and 3 friends set 16 traps over the weekend for no result, now that’s woeful. There are some Blue swimmers in the sand flats at Nelly, lovely tucker, but Muddies are scarce.

Queenie’s were finally caught on the Jetty this week, Their leaps from the water as they are hooked are quite the spectacle for tourists, and to Japanese tourists who hired a ride from FNF, and enjoyed the spectacle, even though they caught nothing on their own rods.

That large school of Juvenile Trevally are still shacked up under the jetty, but they are very toey. At unset they will sometimes take a green softie, but not often.

Tarpon are still in numbers in the Harbour. One new Island resident had a field day hooking one after another late Friday in a frenzied session at the public boat ramp.

Offshore Fishing

Pelagic fishing was very quiet with bait schools being noticeably absent around the Island, or in very small schools. . Bottom bashing was much more rewarding with hungry reef fish waiting for unweighted pillie’s to float past. I had a ball on Sunday at Fisherman’s Cove and the fish were biting well and smashing small soft Plastics and pillie’s. We snagged a smorgasbord of mixed reefie’s in great little lunch session.

Sunday all the town boats were in big numbers along the western side of Maggie, taking advantage of the 3.5m tide to chase Barra. Despite the tide, they were struggling to find fish of any size.

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

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