Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening on Maggie

This has definitely been a difficult weekend with the news of the disappearance of a special island person. A friend and fishing fanatic who has helped me pull the shade sails off the FNF shop over the years in high winds with cyclones approaching, winched my car out of trouble when I was bogged, and generously helped anyone who needed it, with a smile. A man with a huge heart, many friends, a special Island larrikin and mate to many. My family and many others hope he is found safe and well. Our thoughts are also with his family at this tough time.
The weekend’s neap tides and windy conditions made it difficult for the long weekend visitors to catch fish. Fortunately there was some onshore action, and the smaller fish still entertained the kids.
Locals keep asking when Reece will have his newly purchased super Cadillac of prawn trawlers on the water, and finally get back to some real work. The answer I’m told is…Very soon. I am looking forward to a look at it, plus a trip out?
We approach the busy season with the croc warning signs across the beaches as the 4 m plus croc decided on a visit to Picnic bay, then a cruise past the mangroves before heading back over Pallarenda way. This big fella seems to be invincible as he comes and goes with impunity. We will keep watching this story.

Another drifting boat in Cleveland bay on the weekend caused the Police boat to go searching for the owner, but in this case all was sorted quickly and boat and owner reunited.

Fishing Maggie by Boat

After all those patient hours of waiting for a  Barra to hit, the  boys at Horseshoe bay boat ramp were gazumped by Drew in his boat chucking vibes ;less than 50m away. Drew looped a short cast towards the beach, where the 80 cm surface cruising Barra smashed it hard and took off towards the swimming area. Determined not to lose it Drew cranked the drag up, slowed and turned the Barra and soon had it safely in the esky. It’s all about being at the right place at the right time for those trophy moments. (That, lots of patience and hundreds of casts. )
I did a Segway tour for 2 Rockhampton fisho’s on the weekend.  They were boasting about all the Mackerel that have arrived down their way in the last 2 weeks. Apparently they are everywhere, and in close. Let’s hope that’s a good sign for us. The boat club went out and got 29 quality reds, but only one Spaniard.
Dave went for a look see around the pylons earlier in the week and found the Trevally schools are still hanging around those big yakka schools. For a quick fun trip, weather permitting, pop out to the outer pylons and jig, or catch and drop a livie.

Fishing Maggie on Land

There is lots of quality Barred Grunter (Javelin) around at the moment, mainly west side, and they are great fun on soft plastics, although some prefer bait. I took home a couple of beauties last week, (They are a perfect baked dinner,) and then somebody had to come along and show me up. Ray C landed an absolute cracker at 68.5 cm middle of the day on Friday, at West Point on very light gear and 6lb leader. This 3.4 kg fish nearly spooled Ray, who just managed to turn it before the last few meters of line peeled off. This is definitely my fish of the week and I hope to see more of this size as the waters cool. I hear they can get to 8kg but we rarely see them that size over here.
Incidentally Ray went down again on Saturday, to try again, as you do after a trophy catch, but was chased by a dog that seems to be harassing people at WestPoint last week. I believe a local owns it and it is causing big issues. I hope somebody gets it under control so everybody can just go back to enjoying their fishing and sunsets.
Jake got a beautiful flathead, at the coffin pool, and on the first cast. It’s always awesome to get a first cast fish on plastics, and then it was home for dinner. Ben dropped a big GT is the same spot.
Flathead are still here in numbers. The secret is to work those soft plastics through the shallows all around the Island, where they are sunning themselves. I found them in all the bays I tried last week, plus one off the harbour flats. ( yes I was allowed out)

Ron had a frustrating weekend on the jetty. He caught a Spaniard, Saturday, only to have it bite through his trace and take off at full pelt. Then, adding insult to injury a guy came down and cast his rig , lost his bait, and the empty hook and sinker landed on the head of a hungry Queenie. Yes he landed it. Poor Ron

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

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Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening on Maggie.

Say nothing in the shop about the State of Origin result thanks, Round 2 will be interesting to say the least. I noticed the Courier front Page on Monday says Blues wont win until 2025. ??? That’s confidence.

Crocs sharks, farewells, and much more this week, on this always eventful Island. You just have to know where to look to find all the action. Sometimes it is on the beaches, sometimes in the bars.

Farewell for now to Caillen, its back to Melbourne, after spending some great times on the island. Those that know Caillen know he is extremely dedicated to fishing, and has spent many hours in pursuit of good eating fish, catch and release trophy fish.

From rod fishing, spearing, hand lining, and from kayaking to tinies to reef boats, Caillen has enjpyed the adventure that is FNQ. Unfortunately, lack of work has meant going where the jobs are. It’s fitting then that Caillen, who has contributed so many fish photos on the island to the magazine has one more photo of the week.

Probably his biggest catch off the shore last Wednesday night, and the first on the wall for the Maggie records, caught at West Point, check out this bull shark, (also called an Estuary Whaler.)

That’s definitely a great finale, and see you soon mate.

Fishing Maggie by Boat

After a very blowy week, Sunday turned into a beautiful and calm afternoon and the boats headed out for a look around. Around the island there was plenty biting, but unfortunately no size to most of the fish caught. Spaniards? Only one reported at 8kg. Grunter was the most prolific, and although not huge, are always a top feed.

For a change the calm weather coincided with awesome tides. As you know you need good run at the reef and shoals to get the fish biting. Unfortunately the weather doesn’t always allow that, and you have to go on the calm days no matter what. This weekend, the bigger tides coinciding with the calmer conditions meant fishing action was much more intense.

I jumped in the yak on Friday morning for a bit of a go at the Barra before they shut down, over Young Bay way. The shallow waters and warm current has kept them active. I enjoyed a nice little session 1 Barra on board, a couple of Barra rolls over my Tilsan, and a tarpon with a Halco Twistie. It was a nice short morning session before work.

The wind was blowing up, and the tide was dropping fast, so I pulled up on the shore for a break. Bruce from West Point was setting crab pots just where I had been fishing, and then left the crab pots and drove his tinny towards the beach where I was. He called out “there’s a crock over there be careful” Having a bit of a look, there was that all-too-familiar croc head Over near the crab pots, right where I was in my little 9 foot Yak As I was on my own, I wisely made the decision to put the a Yak back in the truck and go back to work. Saturday morning I did the beach fishing instead at West Point, where there were some magnificent Flathead sitting in the shallows enjoying the little warm currents coming around the corner. Dinner was therefore set for Saturday night, for Ian Patchett’s farewell, where we all had herb crusted Flathead, caught same day.

I repeated the feat on Sunday, to ensure that the fresh seafood supplies for the week were covered. No more yaks for me at West Point this week though, I might go back to Horseshoe Bay.

Fishing Maggie on Land

There has been a definite lull in beach and Rock action around the Island during that waxing Moon. The bait is deeper and the predators are further out with them. Put away the slices and work the soft plastics and chase the Flathead, Whiting, Grunter and Blue Salmon until the big guys come back. Wednesday and Thursday are the night fishing choices, on live bait in Nelly and Horseshoe Bay.

Squid are moving in closer and are being caught in the harbour and at Picnic Bay. Work the lights in both places when the moon is obscured.

There are some cranky people at Horseshoe Bay, including tourist operators. Apparently some fisho’s are parking their car on the boat ramp during the day and blocking reasonable access for others while they fish the boat ramp. Keep the ramp clear.

You Tube Hit Video– Watch “Cape Coral Man lands Largest Kayak Bottom Fish ever!” 552 lb Cod from Kayak. Priceless.

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

Rod and reel repair available