Fishin’ Maggie

What’s happening on Maggie

I am extremely disappointed to report the theft of my GPS Colour Sounder, a Lowrance XC28 from my boat, in the harbour last month. I was slow to notice, having initially thought I had taken it home and misplaced it. It wasn’t until Janie told me I had left it connected on the boat as I already had a load of stuff to take home and was going to come back for it, that I realised it had been lifted. Anyone that knows anything at all please let me know, in confidence of course. Whoever stole it will have to buy or steal a matching transducer, which is not very easy to do. I did take the boat for a run out with no sounder, and finding bait and predators is tricky without the right toys. I landed some nice consolation doggy Mack’s, a Mack Tuna on a Red white Halco, and dropped 2 smaller Spanny’s on light gear near White Rock Friday morning, which was a nice morning session before work. (The seas were too rough to go deep, and I had to work the weekend.)
Tom H was telling me about a guy marketing new design crab pots. They have a chip for fisheries to scan id and a retractable rope that goes in and out with the tides. Does anyone know any more about this? Speaking of Crabs check this out. It’s on my Facebook as well. This Guy is tough. https://youtu.be/9QaHwdQrpuU
There were a few hangovers with 2 x 60th birthday parties on Saturday night. I went To Alice D’s Disco theme party, well catered by Sandys. We do know how to party, us oldies, but by god, how did we ever wear those tight pants back in the day? Elvis even made an appearance, and from all reports was last man standing.

Fishing Maggie by Boat

I see the winds will be up all week this week. Lucky then last weekend was such a smashing T-Shirt wearing boating weekend. While they froze down south, we MI anglers went chasing Marlin, Spaniards and Reef fish, looking at whale pods on the way. Who went? Everyone with a boat I reckon. The game fishing teams were happy with one boat tagging 4 Marlin in one session, and many boats getting one or two.
Steve went to the shoals and got a double hook-up on 1.2m Spaniards and then landed himself a 18kg Yellowfin Tuna. Steve had previously got 2 Spannie’s at the Palms, but said they are still scarce. Brags and Brewer had a few more Spaniards, and some tough Red fishing.
Most boats did ok, but no great scores were had.
Pete from Adrenaline is reporting yellowfin in close, which is awesome news. I do love rigging for Tuna, and when they are in close they are smashing fun on short trips before and after work.

Fishing Maggie on Land

There are still some fun Salmon tales going around. One not so lucky fisho and his son were fishing the pontoon in the harbour last week when they hooked onto a horse of a salmon, finally got it tired and all the way in to the pontoon. When the young son leant over to grab it and attempt lift it onto the pontoon, while his father held the tension on the line, he fell in, losing the Salmon at the same time. This was one of several sizable Blueys caught in the harbour, and a couple at the Jetty. Speaking of the Picnic Bay Jetty, a thumping Golden Trevally was caught on livie’s on Saturday. Taking no chances old mate hauled the cracker fish all the way down the jetty to the beach. Startled fisho’s along the jetty had to quickly haul their lines in to enable the fish to be safely landed. Good job to all, and as all jetty anglers know, getting the fish to the jetty is one thing, getting them up is quite another.
Newcomers Tim and Jules have imprinted themselves in the sand at WestPoint as the Grunter Gurus. Tim has marked his spot and fishes pillie’s for this delectable table fish. Hisd only negative is the occasional appearance of Long Toms, which take everything and leave him retackling his line. Grunter are holding well on the west side of the Island, but still noticeably absent in Horseshoe Bay.
Those around the boat ramp have started targeting whiting, which are fairly plentiful in HB. Queenfish are gathering in several locations following the Gar schools. Catches of these awesome sportfish have occurred in Nelly, both in and out of the harbour, and HB near the swimming area.
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 BIKE HIRE, SEGWAY TOURS and convenience supplies. Check out Kooler 24 hour Ice 7kg plus $4. New BIKE section. Rod and reel repair available.

Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening on Maggie

The Naidoc kids fishing competition went off without a hitch on Saturday at the Jetty. All the organisers did a great job and FNF had Graham there helping out with weighing and identifying fish, distributing free bait and tackle plus presentation of the prizes. With more prizes than children, there were many happy families. The next one is in September, the FNF super comp. Get ready for a biggie.

A timely reminder to watch for Stone Fish (Synanceia) in the shallow waters. A visitor child stood on one while getting ready to board a jet ski near the boat ramp at HB on Thursday. These fish are hard to spot and the sting is agonising.

The crazy season is over for a while. I do love seeing visitors seeking out all those little fishing nooks, and fishing the strangest places. I wish I had a dollar for every person who comes in and asks for my secret fishing spots. On the downside in busy season we have extra crime. One unlucky tourist who refused to pay for a taxi fare found out its better to pay the $10 fare than the $470 fine for fare evasion. Why would you try? The poor girls in traffic control on HB hill had their esky full of cold drinks stolen while they were working, can you believe that? Another boatie on Hols found his anchor missing, cut off the anchor rope after dark. The other issue is the increase in rubbish everywhere, including bait bags. In Nambucca Heads they have a campaign. Anywhere you go around Nambucca collect 3 pieces of rubbish per person and bin it. It helps to keep their town clean. TOBMI, maybe we can do the same?

Fishing Maggie by Boat

Last Tuesday saw the island boaties preparing for the only gap in the windy weather, as Willyweather’s wind forecast showed Wednesdays and Thursday had the possibility for good weather offshore. There was a line-up of boats for fuel, ice and bait, with no driveway rage like they get in town. I got the call-up too, negotiated with Janie for the time off on 2 days for one basis, (She is a hard negotiator and I was desperate for a fish, and she knew it so had me over a barrel.) Never show weakness in the negotiation process, or you end up losing. Ray, John, and I went out on Shy Tot, chasing Billy’s, and hoping to bycatch some Spannie’s. The day turned out to be rougher than predicted, but we still had a great time. Hook ups prove to be quite elusive, and when the line went off on my watch, we managed to tag our first Billie and started feeling a bit more confident. About 10.45am the back reel went screaming off at a pace I haven’t seen in a long time, before the suspected sailfish dropped the gar. What a blow. The rest of the day saw a couple of Mack Tuna’s, but no Spaniards despite the big bait balls. We did raise another Marlin but he missed the hook. After stopping at container on the way back for a couple of Tea Leaf Trevally, we were absolutely amazed just off Magnetic, to have an amazing whale encounter with the breaching not 20 m of the back of the boat. After posting the video on our Facebook’s, it was picked up by 106.3, and then Friday the Bully rang for a chat. Last time I checked, 106.3s link to the video had over 20,000 views. Encounters like that are really rare, but stunning.

Fishing Maggie on Land

With Gar thick in most bays including Picnic Bay, it would be nice to see some big predators following them but alas, not yet. Mind you the Gar lovers like Pattie from IGA tell me how good they are to eat, apparently they taste like Bug. I would still rather use them for bait. The water temp is slowly dropping, now having reached a low of 20.25 degrees on the 17th July but is now back up to 21 degrees.

All credit to young Jackson for getting a Barra on soft plastic at HB, in this cold weather. Jackson Toby and their young crew have been working lures when many others are still tucked under the blankets refusing to get up. They also landed a respectable 3kg GT as well as a range of smaller fish.

Graham got his first flattie in a while off HB beach midway down, also on soft plastics.

A rare but appreciated catch off the public ramp at Nelly was a Steephead Parrot fish 4 kg. Although I see them snorkelling the reef I rarely see them around the Island at that size. Great catch to Barry from Mackay.

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 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.

Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening on Maggie

It’s here, well actually 2 things are here. Reece’s New Prawn Trawler, and “New” Gliss.

I actually got my delivery of the new revolutionary Gliss on Friday. Excitedly I stripped off my expensive Airstrike 20 lb .23 diameter off my Quantum smoke and left it in tangled coils on the floor. Grabbing a pack of Gliss 9kg (19.82lb) at a nearly invisible .12mm thick clear green I bolted out the door rigged with Gliss and ZMan Grubz with no leader, that’s right Gliss straight to Jighead. I wanted to try this stuff straight to the fish mouth.

The Results? 5 Fish caught, 2 lost on rocks and Gliss showed some exceptional properties, great strength, and it casts nicely in normal conditions. Negatives?, not many Gliss is hard to rig because it is so damn invisible, and being light means casting into headwinds is trickier than the heavier braid. I landed leaderless a small Yellowtail in HB but then got chicken and re-rigged leader for the bigger Flatties that were there, You just can’t afford to lose those beauties. All up I love the stuff, looks like Mono acts like braid, and cheaper than braid. Check it out.

The state of Origin party last week was at my place, and to deflect some of the inevitable jeering I invited another Blues supporter Coffee Kay, and a footy swinger, Wazza. To add to the feast Janie had already organised, I picked up some of Reece’s freshly caught LOCAL prawns. Wow they were so good, even non prawn eater Wazza ate one. Its beyond awesome to have the boat operating again. Well done Marilyn and Reece on an exceptional service, and great seafood.

NAIDOC Kids Fishing Comp Picnic Bay Jetty Saturday 18/7/2015

Hey Kids and Parents, this is the first kids fishing comp at the Picnic Bay Jetty since Cyclone Yasi over 4 years ago. I will be down there with weights and measures, free bait, tackle box, ice, advice, and the organisers and FNF have combined to create great prizes for all sorts of categories. Just turn up on the day, although if you let us know at FNF first that would be helpful. If you do not have a rod, call me at FNF 47785126 for a free loaner. If you need a lift call me at FNF 8AM- 12 Noon

Fishing Maggie by Boat

Only Days after Janelle was showing off pics of her amazing Sailfish, caught right off Orchard Rocks a couple weeks ago, a visitor Dave came in for some lure advice. Dave was going out trolling for Macs. I sold him a couple of Halco Lures and off he went. He came back next day with Pics of his sailfish even bigger caught off Maggie. Being a first, they had no idea how to boat the fish so pics were all behind the boat. Awesome catch though, and they also got 1 Mac. There were many macs caught over the weekend, nothing huge 6-10kg but enough. Dave D got some nice Spotties off the jig on the pylons, and another Dave, would you believe, off pillie’s on the drop, near Liver Point. The trick is to burley up first, to get the schoolies and spotties excited, so they smash everything. Josh bagged out on Cobias in short order off the Cape and also had a double hook up on Spaniards. I remember a trip with Josh, just the 2 of us, when we got a simultaneous triple hook up on thumpin 15-20 kg Spannies. We just had to leave one hanging around for a while, a nice problem to have. The reef boats did tops with Reds including Nanagai and some small to mid Spannies, but lumpy going out and in.

Fishing Maggie on Land

In restaurant terminology, Maggie, at the moment would have Grunter as its fish of the day. These top table fish are in great numbers in an otherwise tough fishing month. 5 top Grunter were caught at West Point in one session, and more in Horseshoe Bay to another holiday maker. With other reports showing a run of Grunter and small Queenies, from Cockle Bay to Horseshoe Bay, smashing squid and prawn in the middle of the day on the declining tides.

Julie-M, after her catch of 3 big Yellowfin bream last report, managed to go one better and cast herself off the pontoon into the water. All that exuberance and a big cast = one wet child. Be careful this week at the fishing comp, the jetty is much higher.

Graham had a long week trying to keep up with the retail side of the busy season, and had just decided to call a time out and go fishing at the rocks end of HB. Graham managed 5 casts before some holiday makers stripped off to the minimum and jumped in the ocean swimming out in the lure zone. Graham decided to retire home for Peace and Quiet instead.

There are still great Flathead in the shallows basking in the sun, smashing Zman lures and Gulps, so get out there and have a go.

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 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.

Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening on Maggie

What a wonderful first week of the holidays it’s been, although the winds didn’t really settle until Monday, this week is set to be an absolute cracker of a week on the water. Sea and land temperatures have been warm and comfy, and I think everybody has been having a great time. There has been a lot of smelly algae bloom, (Trichodesmium) but that itchy mess should dissipate soon. The water temp is holding between 22 and 23 degrees, (24 at Myrmidon reef) All indicators are that this coming week will be the best fish activity week for a month so get out there.
I was told by some people about a middle aged mad keen Fisho visitor to the island, who had his beautiful Shimano T-Curve bait-caster baited and set up at the end of the Picnic Bay Jetty. He decided to go down and have a burger and beer at the pub. Asking a couple to watch it for him and knowing he could see the bottom end of the jetty from the R&R Bar he thought his bases were covered. He obviously had the drag set too high, and the hapless visitors he told to watch it were unable to stop the inevitable from happening. Big fish + high drag = rod gone. After hearing the tale I was thinking about the laws of duty of care as a Bailee, and I reckon the application of that law would be a bit fuzzy here.

Fishing Maggie by Boat

Barnacle Bill caught a monster Catfish at HSB pulling a drag screaming 1m in length. Anyone catching Catfish know what a show they put on. Bill also had a visitor land a 3.5kg Coral Trout in an otherwise tough off shore week.
A spectacular sight from boat or point at the moment is hundreds of gannets, smashing Gar from Hawking’s Point to Horseshoe Bay. These amazing birds track the fish schools, but there is as yet very little action underneath these schools. Scanners show the odd fish, probably Trevally and Queenies, but no big schools.
Last week saw some boats go looking for some dinner, but the pickings were lean. One charter boat went out to the shoals and bombers, and did not get a show, surface or bottom. The dirty water in close is clearing, but last week made it very difficult for people to boat fish around the island. Fortunately this week will be very different.
One poor bugger had a dreadful show trying to haul in his boat at HSB on Sunday. First he swamped the boat, trying to retrieve, and spent an hour with a huge audience trying to get his soaked boat onto the trailer, then when he finally achieved that and drove up HSB hill, his wheel fell off the trailer. Sometimes it’s just not your day.
AJ and Gus after trolling for zero all day finally managed to crack a 89cm Fingermark drifting soft plastics at Orchard Rocks. What a great end to a slow day.N

Fishing Maggie on Land

There are two main hotspots at the moment, and they are producing some wonderful fish for our visitors and locals alike. Jackson and Toby, amongst many others on the Jetty, have managed to get amongst those beautiful Blue Salmon that are in force on the west side of the island, and particularly at the Jetty, even at low tide. These terrific eating fish are taking a variety of well-prepared baits, including fresh gar.
Queenies are still very active, and a smashing poppers, and twisties in the harbour. Up to 3kg they are providing the holiday action that people come to the Island for. The harbour is sheltering schools of small bait including Greenback Herring, that favourite of so many Pelagic. It’s no wonder then that the harbour has also been producing some beautiful Golden and Giant Trevally, big Yellow Bream, and most other pelagic species that seem to be following the bait into this weather protected area.
The harbour is working best on soft plastics, prawns and squid. If you’re working along the walls of the rocks, there are plenty of small Moses Perch, Stripeys, Estuary Cod, and Nannygai for children’s fun.

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 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.