Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening on Maggie

Cliff W had some bad luck this week. First of all the propeller on one of his hire boats got ripped to shreds leaving just the propeller stump. That takes some work to total a prop that badly. Then another hire boat of his had the plough anchor stolen off the boat. I don’t think too many people are in the boat hire/charter business to get rich, just working an income.

It has been reported by multiple sources that one or two island spearo’s maybe sneaking into Florence Bay, in a known boat pulling cray and Trout from the protected areas To those in the boat, this island needs tourism to pay the bills and these bays are protected for a reason. We need the fish life intact and the Corals intact in the green zones. You have been warned.

As I write this article I’m waiting with trepidation for my wife to awaken. Yesterday one fish we caught was a perfect trolling size wolf herring. I wrapped it in a cloth and took it home to freeze. This morning I awake at 5 to go to work. I could smell fish in the laundry. We put a load of clothes in the dryer before bed last night, and the cloth with the Wolfie was in the pile somehow. Dried Wolfie and Im scared to look in the dryer.

Chris and friends headed off to Mt Cook yesterday. I’m waiting for the report on the track condition. Next week’s article will cover this.
Segway tours and trials have kicked off and are kicking happy goals with travellers. The unique travel method is a winner and I look forward to growing this business over the next year. Safety is the key.

Onshore Fishing

Caillen had some boys up from the south and worked hard to give them an Island fishing experience. The boys got a cracker of a Trout off the Nelly Bay rock wall, which gobbled a grassy sweetlip that had been hooked and was being reeled in. Those moments are gold. They also cracked a Golden Trevally and a few other big fish to make the trip memorable.

Golden Trevally are still in good numbers around the island. They are taking squid, prawn and squid vicious soft plastics. One fisho had a squid vicious soft plastic sitting on the sandy bottom while he was taking a phone call, and had stopped reeling in the lure. It was smashed by a hungry 3kg Golden Trevally. He’s thinking to use them as bait and not bother working them at all.

James had the misfortune to hook up to an (est) 15kg plus Spanish mac on the jetty with only a 40 lb leader. The battle lasted less than 30 seconds, and the fish won easily.

There were nice flatties caught at Horseshoe Bay in what was a fairly lacklustre fishing week onshore. Di and James both got Flatties on lure.

Ray reported Barra active in the harbour still, so on the new moon Sunday they will be great to target.

Offshore Fishing

The boats that got out to the reef were successful with some thumpin’ Reds and fat Trout filling the Eskies. Ruey went out toward Backnumbers, as did Johns T’s boat. Others like John H went south and worked the deeper reefs. Locals reef reports said that the weather was better offshore than it was around Maggie. Coral Trout were active and smashing pillies and soft plastics. However Spaniards were in short supply. Hopefully they will be in soon, in numbers.

A couple of locals tried an Eddie Riddles tour and scored Trevally and Queenies on lure, to make a great day. Another good local offer is Nighty from G&T who does a lure trip along the mangroves around Westpoint. Nighty picks up from the Island.

Daniel D had just had a massive hit on his Rapala over near sunken Rock . I was flicking an Rmg about the same time and my lure got smashed as well . As I wrestled the Mac to the boat I realised that the fish was foul hooked through the line from Daniels XRAP . One fish 2 lures, no loss. That paid back a bit of my debt for a previous lure incident .

Matt had an amazing time at Horseshoe on Wednesday, another Gold moment. Pulling a cast net full of Greenbacks from the Argo, he spent three hours dangling livies into the middle of the bay. What followed was one of those classic sessions where he got three Fingermark, 4 Trevallly,4 Queenies , and a range of other fish totalling 20. What a monster session.

This week sees the winds sitting 12-15 knots all week, being lumpy and annoying, but no rain at least. There are big tides but in the morning and afternoon, which is perfect. It’s a new moon Sunday. Good for Crabs, Squid and Barra.

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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Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening on Maggie

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Easter = lots of people fishing and families having fun. Everyone was out and around enjoying the great weather. How incredible is this place, when we have so many beaches and rocks so that so many people and can go fishing, and actually catch good fish. I was watching a show about Macleay Island off Brisbane and on the fishing front, they have nothing to offer compared to Maggie. Our fish variety is astounding.

One enterprising local walked out as far as possible last week at West Point and Young Bay at low tide and found three fishing rods, one was old and unusable but two were in quite good condition.
Obviously there are always people on the troll along West Point, and some lose their rigs to snags, fish and bombies. It’s a bit like golf ball hunting, but much more profitable. John H found some lures just hanging off the Jetty last week , and from experience, at low tide after Easter there are lures snagged everywhere for the taking.

The first trip up to Mount Cook in a long time was conducted at Easter. The reports are that the lagoons up there are still full, but not flowing as we would expect. By the time I wanted to go up there, water supplies would be very low. We might go real soon, straight after the holidays. If you want to come along, come in and see me at the shop.

The ambo’s have been kept busy with accidents. Fortunately the only boating one was a suspected spinal injury on a boat off Nelly. The result was a free helicopter trip to the hospital.

Onshore Fishing

As I said last week, you need bait to keep pelagic species hanging around. Queenies, Trevally and Tarpon are our most common, followed by Mack’s and Wolf Herring.

There’s plenty of bait around the western side of the island at the moment. Smallish Herring have moved back to the jetty. Queenies, 40-60 cm have come close in following them. Holiday Makers have had the awesome pleasure of watching Queenies leap from the water when hooked up. With some of the light kid’s gear being used, not all of these wonderful fish have been landed but there’s been plenty of people having fun trying.

There have been a surprising amount of larger reef fish caught at the jetty as well, big tuskies, Trout, big stripie’s and the occasional Red have been making a much appreciated appearance.
At West Point, if you can get a line in the water between the tents and picnic set ups, you can still get good fish. I have also seen beautiful Golden Trevally and Queenies cruising up and down the beach. We have been using little metal slices and hooking up in the bay in the northern end. Incidentally I drag netted a Barra first drag in the same place last week. All captured on Go Pro. He made a quick exit past my legs after a failed attempt to leap over the net. The poor bugger was resting in the sunny shallows when I disturbed him. Jack scored one Barra late at night, well done Jack.

Horseshoe bay has been a bit quieter, off the beach shovel nose sharks and rays have been enjoying increased amounts of squid been presented on lines.
I and others have noticed a strange fact. Big flathead are sitting everywhere in the bays, but being really lazy. Is it breeding season? I might try to find out. They were thick at West Point and Nelly the shoaly areas, but only playing with lures, not striking.

Offshore Fishing

Horseshoe Bay has been a bit more active with the jelly prawns and pillies moving deeper and away from the beach. Bill has been pulling big Cod, Stargazers, Queenies and Reds around the rocks, although less off the troll. Wolf Herring are still taking trolled lures northern end and around the Argo. The Argo has good bait schools to get your livies before you go deeper.

Barra are jumping around the stinger nets but just not attacking baits or lures. Try this week on the low tide. They should be more aggressive with the better tides
Adam was telling me that Massive Golden Trevally are in close taking baits. That’s big action for kids.

As this goes to print the local boats are at the reef so reports in 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.