Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening on Maggie

The Adventurethon was played out last weekend, what a great event for the Island. There were plenty of funny moments and heaps of local participation, (some against their will). I watched cyclists falling off, (Doesn’t everyone know not to face a bike uphill when mounting?), Kayak collisions and joggers losing litres of water per hour running in the high humidity. Ok I guess that’s all just good fun?? Well done all and bring on next year. One thing that was disappointing was people’s dogs running out and having a go at cyclists. Keep your dogs in the yard please.
Easter is upon us and the BOM 10 day synoptic modelling shows the weather should be perfect for fishing, (after today), although windy offshore. That is great news for the Island. Tides are perfect and Easter Saturday is full moon. You just can’t ask for better fishing conditions.

A fishing story from a local couple from West Point; who were out fishing on the Jetty recently with their trusty dog alongside. Along came a Picnic Bay couple and the missus was afraid of dogs. She threw her hands in the air began to shake in terror when the trusty mutt decided she wanted to play and ran up for a pat. Of course everyone when to the poor lady’s aide and that’s when a fish decided to take off with the rod. It was over the edge and lost to the water before anyone could rush to the rescue. Last week it was returned to him by a friend who found it and retrieved it. This particular rig was never purchased in the first place. Our intrepid fisho had scored it in near new condition in a cast net in Karumba a while back. His missus reckons “it is meant for the ocean”.

Onshore Fishing

Good Bait schools are the prerequisite to good pelagic fishing. If you are looking for bait schools, in close, they are absolutely everywhere. Prawns are all through the harbour. Massive Herring schools are sitting of the southern end of WestPoint. Jelly Prawns and Pillies are moving up and down the beach at Horseshoe following the current. This means lots of fun with the right lures. I have had my son up here for a week. If there is anyone crazier about fishing than me it is Mitchell. It has been a bonanza of lure fishing highlights.

Horseshoe Bay is still Tarpon Central and they all have good weights 1.5-2kg. These fish are amazing lure fun and we really never tire of the leaps, backward flips and energetic runs that hooking a tarpon means. We only kept one for strip bait and released all the others to fight again. What’s more fun though, is the monsters following the Tarpon. Fish that eat 2kg Tarpon are an even better fight. Case in point was the 1.2m 10kg plus Queenie we landed that was lurking behind the Tarpon. What a spectacular set of leaps, all captured on Go Pro. Also smashing Tarpon at regular intervals are Barra GTs, Goldies and Macks. So much lure fun at the right time.
The secret is to follow the prawns, don’t stay static. Watch and follow the action.
West Point has Mack’s and Barra smashing the mullet and Herring on the southern side, though for some reason all rods are up the northern End. I guess most of the rods are manned by wine drinking sunset lovers. There have been several good Fingermark
Golden snapper caught both at West Point and Horseshoe bay, following the bait in close. GT’s are running well.

Check out the cracker Golden Trevally caught by Bradly Wright in the Pic of the week.
Bradley was holidaying from Helensvale on the Gold Coast at Picnic bay with his Mum Wendie and Dad Mark when he hooked this beauty at West Point! A very proud moment for this 8 year old fisho!

The Harbour still has some elusive Barra, and much more catchable GT’s smashing prawns. Ray C dropped a meter Barra near the public boat ramp, Wednesday, on a brand new rig he just bought. Working a soft plastic in the shallows the brute smashed the wiggling lure and stayed on for 20 seconds before cutting the line and bolting. One happy Barra and one upset Ray.

Spearfishing NT Barra

Interesting fishing legislation in NT

“Current legislation permits spearfishing for most fish species. However, the take of barramundi by spear gun is prohibited. A person may only take a barramundi using various gear types including a hand spear or bow and arrow (excluding crossbow)” Bow and Arrow? Wow that sounds crazy.
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, BIKE HIRE and convenience supplies. Check out Kooler 24 hour Ice 7kg $4.
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life on the reefWhat’s Happening on Maggie

We started the week expecting some pretty heavy rainfalls courtesy of Severe TC Nathan up north, but as it move further north all chances of any rain for us went with it.
The blue skies and calmer waters have meant that people were back out snorkelling and finally some fishing is happening as well.

There have been no sightings of the 4m croc since February 20th, and rangers say the normal signs indicating a presence is also absent. However, we do live in croc country and it is always wise to remember that, and be croc wise when fishing and swimming.

Check out the new Life On The Reef DVD featuring our very own Cliff from Get Around Island Boat Tours and Jo from Parks on the cover!

Cliff had a hire boat out on Sunday and the hirers forgot to keep an eye on the tides. Yes you guessed it, they were left stranded high and dry in Cockle Bay until the tide came back in allowing them to finally get back in some time after 7pm.

One of the many Tarpon caught by Barnacle BillOnshore Fishing

Barnacle Bill reported that Tarpon are in abundance in Horseshoe Bay and easily caught.

Several good sized Barra have been spotted as well but with all the Tarpon around getting them on the line is proving difficult.

Ian had a bit of fun fishing off the jetty and although everything that jumped on the line was pretty small and had to go back, he did manage to get a couple of squid.

One of the many Tarpon caught by Barnacle Bill

3 sizes cartoonOffshore Fishing

There have been good amounts of mixed reef fish being caught on the reef areas on the western side of the island. Catfish to 8kg have been around as well. Adam also got a very tasty 2.5kg coral trout. The big tides have contributed to a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to what is being caught at the moment.

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

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, BIKE HIRE and convenience supplies. Check out Kooler 24 hour Ice 7kg $4.
Rod and reel repair available.

Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening on Maggie

This week is a very short article. Weather has impacted all forms of water activities for the last couple of weeks, and I’m sure this coming week will be no different. Seabreeze has Friday’s wind at 66 knots. Anomaly or prediction? Nathan is still around so no reef trips this coming week either.

A Fishing rod and reel was found on the West Point Road, which obviously fell out of a vehicle. If anyone lost one and can identify it, please come and claim it.

Onshore Fishing

More Barra are still getting caught at West Point and Horseshoe Bay. The guy at West Point didn’t even know he had a Barra on. The big predator was swimming around with his bait in its mouth until it eventually launched out of the water, which is when he realised that it had line in its mouth. It is pretty unusual not to know there is a Barra on your line.

I saw an impressive pile of fresh Barra scales at the tap at Horseshoe Bay on Saturday, near the boat ramp. The size of the scales means it would probably be about 70 cm which is a nice eating Barra. Matt landed another one also next to the boat ramp. The water is very murky all around the island, but the Barra are obviously still here.

Sunday was a day of decadence with a superb breakfast at Gilligan’s, as always and dinner and the Marlin bar. I didn’t even get to have a fish until Monday morning. Sometimes you just have to enjoy the company of friends without a rod in hand.

Monday morning I got two Jacks in Gustav Creek, one each side of the bridge. One just legal and one smaller. Both were returned to fight again.

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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What’s Happening on Maggie

I would hate to be like the boy who cried wolf, but hopefully this week we might finally see a tiny taste of a wet season. Driving down to West Point on Sunday was like the an Aussie outback tour. Dry creeks tinder bush, and lots of dust. I haven’t seen it that dry in March ever. If Oz cyclone chasers and Bom have any credence, tany of the rain they forecast will be gratefully received. Oz Cyclone Chasers facebook site has a lot of locals as regular watches especially in the cyclone season.

At the shop, we launched bicycle hire this week and are hoping they are going to be very popular. 26 new Trek 7.1 bikes have now been supplied by Cycle De vie in Townsville, a Townsville bike shop owned by locals.

I caused a bit of a stir on Friday when I had to ring 000 to get the Fire Brigade to assist a boat that was taking on too much water in the harbour. 000 ask “who do you want to speak to police fire or ambulance? “. I’ve asked for fire and talk to the fire section. After Fire came on I very clearly explained there was a boat with two people on board taking on too much water in the harbour near the helipad. I further explained that they needed the petrol driven water pump that is in the side of the fire truck to assist their in house pumps. In the meantime one of the other boats in the harbour had supplied their generator driven water pump and saved the day. So I went up to the fire station and cancelled the call, and sent the boys home. Apparently that wasn’t the end of it because I had calls after that from Search & Rescue wanting further information on my reported boat on fire?? Fire had escalated the matter to local police, Search and Rescue and probably every other service as well. Be careful with 000 calls is all I can say.

Onshore Fishing

Fishing was much better last week, with the full moon, and some bigger bait schools pushing in close to the Island. This week may also hold good fishing with unsettled conditions and good tides.
West Point has finally produced good Grunter up to 2 kg, hopefully heralding some better Grunter days ahead. Blue salmon are schooling, and passing regularly along the WP beach, absolutely smashing any well-presented baits in the water. Blue salmon are an excellent fight, and most will say a good eat.

The one Barra that was reported came with a story. Location-West Point. After the hook up, the Barra bolted drawing 50m of line during the epic battle. During the run, the line wrapped around an obstacle in the water, and the tenacious Matt ended up diving into the water, swam out, got the line untangled and landed the exhausted fish. The result was a walloping 90 cm Barra. You just gotta be extra keen to get the big fish.

The jetty is still next producing mixed action. Big schools of Hardyheads are keeping smaller Trevally, smallish Queenie’s and other pelagic species hanging around. Sunday was all a.m. action with Queenies Trevally and Slatey Bream fish smashing well-prepared Baits. There was even a Coral Trout reported caught and released by Kent, as well as a good size Gold Spot Cod near the rocks.

Offshore Fishing

John Walls new 31 footer has arrived safely from Lake Macquarie. Sporting Twin inboard petrol Chevy 350s, which can knock out 40 knots at 4500rpm, it’s sure to be popular. The boat is currently in dry dock in Ross Marine until checked over. Those that know Wally know that he’s been very unlucky with boats. This time is going to be different. One thing I do know, the petrol bill will be prohibitive.

Horseshoe Bay saw a 2m+ Bronze Whaler snapping a rod holder from the side of one of our local boats while fishing in the bay. The Rod was obviously well tensioned when the bait was hit by this beast.

A large school of Trevally has taken up residence in the weed beds on the southern side of the bay. All 35-45cm, these are providing great lure action in kayaks.

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. New Hire Bikes
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Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening on Maggie

I managed to sneak away last weekend to go to Avalon air show with my children. What an absolute blast. Coming from a RAAF family of flying nuts, it’s pretty well the best display you can imagine.

While I was away Peppers had their Bavarian Day – Fruh Shoppen. The place was packed with locals, including Janie, enjoying the Bavarian Lunch with The Frankfurter Oompah Band. Lots of laughing, singing and drinking was had by all. The band was great and the food yummy! We are all looking forward to more of these types of events being held.

Onshore Fishing

Barnacle Bill is back to work after a long break. He told me he got a 76 cm Barra by the boat ramp at Horseshoe Bay. That would make 11 legal Barra caught from the boat ramp recorded in the first month of Barra season. That’s very impressive.

There has also been consistent catches off the jetty, in the harbour and off the concrete block with Trevally, small Queenies and Pebbles is still hand lining mid-way down the jetty chasing Coral Trout.

Liam caught this cute little Butter Bream off the jetty (see photo) and of course released him safely after having a quick pic taken.

Ben got a 65cm Flathead off the beach at WestPoint which totally surprised him as there was no fight involved. The fish was hooked and reeled in at a dead weight. It must have been snoozing. Karen hooked a lovely Trevally at WestPoint as well.

For those that don’t want to go out deep, Crocodile and Alligator Creek are producing some amazing Barra days with 10+ Barra smashing baits in a session. Live mullet is the go and they are getting rapidly swallowed as there is fierce competition for food. If you can’t get out deep at least go over to the creeks.

We have got in stock for got you the new product called to Z man soft poppers. They have been a runaway success. Wolf Herring, Jack’s, Bream, Trevally all seem to like this good looking top poppering lure.

Offshore Fishing

Some wonderfully calm offshore conditions last week resulted in a few trips out to the reef. Traditionally a tough fishing time, the water clarity was just crazy. You could watch your bait drop to the bottom, see the trout come out have a look around and then smash the bait. And that was in 40 plus feet of water. The steamy tropical heat and glassed out. waters created the perfect snorkelling conditions, and some full on spearfishing sessions. Mix that with hot action line fishing producing a good assorted array of fish and you have a perfect trip.

Last Monday night John, Josh, Caillen any I headed out deep. During the night we were visited by a 1m plus dolphin fish which was curious enough to circle the boat several times. We all wanted to jump in and swim with the friendly fish however just as when we were visited by a Whale Shark a few years back, no-one was quite game enough to jump in at night. We got some good catches of Coral Trout, Jobfish, Nannygai, Robinson Bream and Spangled Emperor.

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.
Rod and reel repair available.