Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening on Maggie

It’s that time again, when I’m relatively popular for just short time at local footy parties.

Why? Because I’m one of those funny creatures, a blue’s supporter, a must have at every QLD footy party. When I was living here last I got used to being invited to lots of local parties as the token blue supporter. Sometimes there were a couple of us, huddled in the corner calling out encouragement amid jeers and taunts, and awaiting the next Queensland try, so we could really cop it. That was when the massive run of Queensland series wins made Blue supporters start looking at Beach Volleyball as a better sport to follow.

Seriously though, I am a proud Blue’s supporter and with Janie barracking loudly for QLD, the shop is always a war zone, come State of Origin. Yes, the party invitations have continued this year, but these days it’s a little more even… After a series win in 2014, we are looking good for 2015. I’ll say no more at the moment except GO THE BLUES.

Sunday saw the Magnetic Island open day. Was it good for everybody? How was the timing? I’m sure everybody will have a look at the figures and decide for themselves. My point of view, and I usually have one, is that the weather, and the fact that they had the huge Townsville fishing and outdoor Expo impacted negatively. Most of those that came went straight to Horseshoe Bay for the markets, food and drink. I’ll leave the follow-up for those who know what they’re doing, but I personally was fairly disappointed in the whole thing, and we were very quiet. I’m sure that all the businesses at Horseshoe did well and they deserve it too, so there were probably some economic benefits.

Fishing Maggie by Boat

While the weather impacted the deep sea fishing, the small Tinnies still managed to get out into the bay’s to have a go.

Josh chucked the Tinny in Thursday night and managed to raise two Barra, one on lure, one on bait. One pushed 80cm, a perfect Barra. Pushing along the high tide in the mangroves at night is always a good idea but you need to do it before the water gets too much colder, making Barra sluggish

Bill landed a 3.5kg Island Coral Trout on a Bait jig in Southern Horseshoe Bay this week. In one of those awesome freak catches while jigging for live bait the large trout was hooked well and boated easily. Nice catch

If you can find the Livies the Queenfish are very close behind. On a trip to HB on Thursday we raise one Pike on a lure, took it to the point and dropped it in. Not even 10 seconds later a 4kg Queenie had smashed it and was on the hook. Ben landed it and kept it for fresh dinner. Pike schools are close to the beach midway down, and a pike is irresistible for Macks and Queenies alike.

Fishing Maggie on Land

At least 4 awesome fishing events on Maggie are much awaited. Grey Mack season, in November, Spaniard season in June, Salmon season in June and of course Barra opening season in Feb. The last 2 weeks has seen the arrival in numbers of Australian Salmon. It coincides with the cool the currents moving around the Island and the prawn supply, and what a wonderful fish to catch.

For the lure Angler, at Horseshoe Bay, the action has been a bit tamer this week. However fishing for Wolf Herring still gives some great satisfaction as they leap and twist into the air and display their normal aggressive behaviour. Keep the smaller ones for Spaniards, as they are favourite food source and great on the troll or jig bait. All along the beach James and I had great fun in a short session Saturday morning, before heading in to work.

Colin, who I mentioned last week, finally cracked the good eating fish. Colin was fishing floated bait at the Jetty when his line went screaming off his spool. After a short fierce battle Colin dragged the spent Spaniard to the beach to retrieve it. Top catch Colin

Dave D had one of those wonderful sessions chasing Trevally in the Harbour. When those dark patches of bait move in, and you can see them off the beach, the Trevally schools usually follow. Dave spent a good hour landing and releasing dozens of GT’ s in one of those magic lure sessions we all love. You can toss a lure all day for a couple of fish, but if you find a feeding frenzy then hang on.

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

Cheers Dale

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Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening on Maggie

Maggie had a very windy week, which made fishing only for the persistent and desperate. Finding good spots was definitely a challenge, and the bait was sitting in deeper water. The water temp around the Island has dropped to 24.24 degrees, although I note Myrmidon Reef is still 26.85 degrees. All this should bring in the Mack’s in the near future in good numbers.

As a lure fisho I am still surprised by how often lures catch the fish, even when they are not performing to spec. Last week I snuck an hour in the Yak on Thursday in HB. All 3 hook ups were when the lure was not presenting as designed. One was stationary while I changed lures on the other rod, and 2 were bouncing along the top instead of diving to the designed depth. It reminded me of the 25 KG GT Mitchell and I landed in Hinchinbrook. That Trophy fish was at the end of a retrieve pulling the lure out of the water. Luck definitely counts in lure fishing as much as anything else.

I see that the IGFA have entered a new 20lb line class Barra record in their books as listed in International Angler Magazine April-June 2015. It was at Lake Tinaroo, 67lb 14oz on 20lb line class. This Monster Barra took a ZMan Swimmerz soft plastic trolled by Jason Kuchel. Given this size Barra is pretty smart I might have a go with this lure, which I carry in store anyway. The 12lb record I note was also caught on ZMan Swimmerz

Australia also took some other new senior records. Black Marlin, 1111lb in 50lb class, (Ribbon Reef) and a Fly fishing record, Kawakawa (Mack Tuna) 16lb 8 oz ( Bribie Island.)

All this lead me to thinking about Maggie. So what I would like to do is start the Magnetic Island fishing Records.

I will set up the categories, and the rest will be up to all of us. I know the Mack record off the Jetty in my years is 37kg. I’m going to try and put some records together prior to today and then go forward with new catches. Of course we will also need some prizes, and rules. More soon.

FISHING

An Island visitor caught a crackin’ Barra at Horseshoe Bay on Saturday night. The regular visitor, stays at Maggies and landed an 80 cm Barra on Gar. This Gentleman thinks this is about the best place to stay in the world. “Where else can you walk across the road and catch a Barra for dinner, then go 10 m down the road to get cold beer.” Well done that’s a perfect Barra catch.

Another Barra has been teasing all at the boat ramp at HB. Pushing 1 m, this behemoth shows, feeds, refuses all lures thrown at it, and so far has not taken livie’s presented by the 6 plus anglers that seem to be at the ramp every day. We will see what happens next week.

Colin from Base has been hooking up nothing but black tip reefies on Nelly Bay. Fishing fairly heavy gear and here for 3 weeks, Colin hopes to crack some beauties before heading down to Fraser Island for Marlin season. Colin has been working the surf line all week, alas no trophy fish to date. Next week’s conditions look a bit better but not terrific.

One Kayaker was telling me he was trolling past White Lady Bay when he saw what he thought was weed in the water. Suddenly the weed moved and a startled school of white tip reef sharks fled from the kayak. The startle yak owner did a sharp left turn and fast pedalled out of there with his lures on the fly, and the yak setting new speed records.

It was a really quiet week, so we are all hoping for some awesome action next week.

FISHING AND OUTDOOR EXPO

24th 25th May (This weekend) Murray Sports Complex

$10 Entry, Children under 12 Free

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

Cheers Dale

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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, SEGWAY TOURS and convenience supplies. Check out Kooler 24 hour Ice 7kg $4. New Bike section opening soon.

Rod and reel repair available