Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening aound Maggie

Come in and Register for the Kids Fishing Comp Sunday, 13 September.
We had a full week of wonderful light breeze weather, finally. It has been a long time since that’s happened. Our new Residents, the mother and baby whale, (Maggie and Aztec) are still swimming around the island, and the baby is now estimated to be 5-7weeks old. As the baby is still learning, the mother is staying in close and shallow, and sightings from the beaches have been regular. Many sightings are in Arthur Bay, Florence Bay Horseshoe Bay Nelly Bay, and on Sunday morning on our kids trip, these magnificent creatures were right outside Nelly Bay harbour 20 m from the Rock wall. Imagine the excitement from the 8 and 9 year old kids to be heading off for an Island circumnavigate, starting with a massive whale tail rising out of the water right next to the boat.
It looks like my heat exchanger has blown out again, after my last inshore fishing trip I noticed a puff of steam and upon investigation, found coolant through my salt water intake. It is time to take it out of the water again, and spend another thousand bucks.
Pete Adrenalin took a Marine Biologist around the top end on Jet ski and they were privaledged to have a sighting of a Snub Fin Dolphin, a very rare Dolphin Species. Until 2005 these dolphins were not even known to exist, being mistakenly identified as the cousin the “Irrawaddy Dolphin.’
How amazing is the Program Navionics. Not only does it give you sonar charts of the whole of Australia for $21.99 per year, but they are adding new functions all the time. Check this out. Navionics will WiFi connect with the new Ray Marine sounder units to live chart the bottom of the ocean as you travel. Imagine all the boats rewriting the charts constantly, structure, depths, wrecks etc. That’s pretty crazy stuff. No more waiting years after a cyclone to get a picture of changes to the ocean floor. Will that also mean nowhere for the fish to hide as structures become general knowledge?

Boating

As I said earlier, myself, James and Graham took 5 9/10 year olds on one of Cliff’s boats for a trip around the island. Combined with our whale adventure we saw lots of turtles, caught dozens of Wolf Herring, and Doggy Mack, Trevally, Fingermark and a had a top day out. My fish of the week Pic goes to Madeline, with a 64 cm doggy Mack. Maddie’s comments were classic as her Doggy was pronounced legal; size, she let out an excited scream and said “yay we are eating tonight.” Great Job Maddie, and I hope it tasted great. Having that many kids on the boat is a challenge and my grandson nearly gave G and I some new piercings a few times, chucking lures around.
Most of the local boats were out on Sunday, and there were some top fish to be caught out there. Josh landed meter plus Long tail Tuna and Mac Tuna off Liver Point.
Large schools of Trevally off WestPoint provided the fun light tackle battles that can make a great fishing trip.
White rock was relatively quiet, but one 4kg Coral Trout hammered a chunk of squid to end up on Johnno’s dinner table.
Adrenaline Pete got a cracking 4kg Fingermark on the troll over the Argo wreck, trolling a red and white diver.
Barra? , yes they are getting active again. 3 Barra were caught on soft plastics right off Young and Bolger Bays on the drop off. The colour choice for last week was blue in the clear water and gold in the murky water on the full tide run. It’s great to see the Barra warming up. I’m off on a Barra Trip on Thursday to see how active they are, and a Rainbow Trout outing at Lithgow Monday week. Freezing cold kayaking, for the chance of a catch and release Trout, I must be crazy.

Fishing Maggie on Land

Wayne landed another Cracker of a Mangrove Jack, in the harbour, along with a Dusky Flathead and Trevally in a great session on the morning high Wednesday. This Jack missed several chances to get Wayne under a rock and was landed fairly quickly on light gear.
The huge tides made for challenging land based fishing. (Try finding somewhere to fish on a 03 tide.) Crays were the main target off Picnic all weekend with more than 20 reported off Cockle Bay and Picnic Bay alone on the big low tides.
I used the opportunity to remap the structures on the low that produce fish on the high tide. This is a great tactic for all lure Anglers as that’s where the predator fish hang in wait for unsuspecting bait fish to swim by.
Queenies moved into HB midway down the beach on the weekend following the massive Gar schools and provided those high leaping moments. 2-4kg are a fun size Queenie.

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 aound Maggie

Firstly let me correct the date for the children’s fishing competition at the jetty. The competition will be on Sunday, 13 September.

Reports on the weekend of a large turtle seen heading up the beach at Horseshoe Bay down the northern end, over the dune. This would only mean she is there to lay eggs. This is really awesome and hopefully there will be more. For us anglers it means being very careful not to disturb the area. More soon

I had some cranky people in Sunday afternoon. Apparently the 2.40 barge was selected to be part of Fantasea’s new weekly lifejacket drill. These unlucky people got to spend 30 minutes before they left town doing a lifejacket drill, and of course that put everything out of whack time wise. I know safety is important, but is this really necessary all of a sudden?

There are very active Sea Eagles around the island at the moment, and they can cause problems when you’re trying to retrieve fish. We had a hungry White Bellied Sea Eagle try twice to pinch a Wolfie being retrieved last Tuesday in HB, and he narrowly avoided getting hooked up through the Talon with a treble. However for the first time last week during a Segway tour, I actually had a customer stalked by one. Segway Glider, Margaret, out with her husband and I for a 2 hour tour, wearing a very blue fishy swirly top drew the attention of this magnificent bird. After seeing it above us for the first time at Arcadia, we then noticed repeated very low flyovers and visits for the next 20 minutes before it finally decided her top (or her) was not a food source. Margaret thought it may have been her amazing personality, and her husband and I quite sensibly agreed with her at the time. It was a novel and slightly disconcerting experience.

Boating

Spaniard Stories? They are still few and far between in close. Bill got a cracker 10kg off The Point, and John got one 500m off Wilson Bay. Doggies on the other hand are following the gar schools and very thick in some areas and big, to 85cm

I got to sneak out Tuesday for a run in my boat short notice. Unfortunately it was still bumpy as heck heading out, so I went to HB to troll and test my new Lowrance HDS7 sounder. I had a great morning session landing 15 doggies, nine of which were keepers, a bunch of Wolf Herring, thumpin big Tarpon, and Tea Leaf Trevally. Anyone that knows my boat knows it is not really designed for one person, as running up and down from the fly bridge that many times can be a pain, (although fast fish action is always welcome.) In the afternoon Graham came down to give me a hand. The sounder was so accurate I was able to tell Graham fairly accurately what was on the end of the line each time it went off. At one stage in the arvo one of the biggest blips I have seen on the sounder rocketed under the boat and the big Wolfie we were reeling in got demolished in one big bite. I’m pretty sure it was a massive shark and only 100m from the boat ramp. I wonder if it was the 3m + Tiger shark that was caught on Drum line near The Point several days later?

Mick and Co almost bagged out on a trip on Tuesday. The boys got Red throat, one Spaniard and a bucked load of Trout is a productive day trip out wide.

Fishing Maggie on Land

Congratulations to young Elijah Pope, who landed a Prize Golden Trevally off the jetty. Elijah and his Dad proudly brought it to FNF to show me, I photographed it before he took it home to get it prepared for the family dinner. Golden Trevally are one of the better table fish around, and beautiful baked in foil with lemon garlic and butter.

The Jetty is still slow, although nights are doing well with Trevally and Blue Salmon just after dark.

One of Matt’s mates landed a whopper 80 cm Flathead just next to the boat ramp at Horseshoe Bay, and he and he also landed a beautiful Fingermark on lure 100 m further down.

September 13TH FNF Kids under 16 Fishing Comp 9am start Presentations at 12 plus Sausage Sizzle

All children under 16 years old

Register now at FNF 36 Mandalay Ave or by phone 47785126

Prizes Include

Weirdest Fish

Biggest and smallest fish

Most inedible

4-8 year old best fish

9-12 year old best fish

13-16 year old best fish

Most fish by a single angler.

Mystery size

Mystery Species

 

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

Whales are making all the fishing trips a delight. It seems we have had a humpback birth in Cleveland Bay in the last 2 weeks, and Mum is keeping the tiny ( for a whale) baby inside the bay for safety, in the shallow water. The baby is learning to roll; breach and tail slap and is extremely playful. I have had 2 experiences with mother and child, the last one with Janie on Wednesday and it is just a spectacular and moving experience. We went off the Cape and had an encounter with a lone whale. I was on a shakedown trip, testing my new sounder. I bought a new Lowrance Gen 3 touch with structure scan last week and was anxious to see if it worked. We were startled to hear whale song as the whale was searching for its companions. It was such a moving sound, and so clear. We just sat in awe listening. After it stopped and we thought the whale had gone, I started the boat to head out deeper. Just as I started winding up the Yanmar Diesel I saw a huge blob at 15m on the sounder and shut off the engine. The whale was right under us. This magnificent creature came up for a final look at us before swimming away. That was not the last whales we saw in an excellent family run.

Pete reported a large pod of Pilot whales in Horseshoe bay recently. Pilot Whales are the second largest Dolphin after Orca’s and very intelligent. They stayed in the warmer waters most of the day providing a great show for the dozens of winter boats staying in the bay. Has everyone noticed the growth of moored boats in Horseshoe Bay? It looks like a marina, with all sorts of boats moored right through the bay. It makes trolling much trickier.

BOATING

Many boats went out last week, and there were mixed stories coming back. John H got some Spaniards out near the green zone on a family trip, plus did some whale watching. Ray went to Keeper and found the fishing much harder, but that was overshadowed by the amazing whale action not 30 m from the reef as whales did full breaches right near the dozen or so amazed boat crews. That may explain the quieter fishing in this trout area, the noise underneath must have been huge.

Jubba and Co went close to bagging out on Trout early in the week. They went out further to the lesser fished reefs. Sometimes it is worth doing the extra miles as the close in reefs gets more heavily fished.

Apart from the whales and the testing of the sounder we had a bit of a troll to see what is around. Janie got her first Doggie on a dropper rig, and we landed doggies and found a patch of big spotties near the Cape to keep the freezer stocked with fresh fish. We have a Grandson from Griffith visiting and he just loves the fresh fish and wants it all the time.

Ray got 4 trout to 3kg off white rock Sunday in a lovely short session and the re are Spaniards in Horseshoe finally, trolling the current line.

Fishing Maggie on Land

Wayne has decided he needs a boat after dropping a monster Jack right near his feet around the rocks. Fishing near the ferry terminal Wayne’s line went screaming off during a late fishing session on Tuesday. After a battle and a half he was devastated by the loss so close to landing the beast. Wayne wants a small Tinny to sit just off the rocks and reduce his snap off rate.

I see Jackson putting in the hours working a kayak in the harbour. Jackson found some Trevally to 60cm and also landed a nice Dusky Flathead in the harbour. I love seeing all the kids working soft plastics these days instead of dead bait.

The Jetty is still quiet although a lucky hire rod visitor brought me in a legal (luckily as it was dead,) Nannygai caught off the end of the jetty the night before. He wanted an ID and was very happy to find out it was a quality table fish.

Anyone wishing for some beach action can long cast large slugs off the beach at Horseshoe Bay. The thousands of Wolf Herring are regularly cruising the beaches at 30-50m out and strike everything that hits the water. Matt has been having fun between working lures for more edible fish.

SEPTEMBER 21TH FISH’N N FUEL’N Kids Fishing Comp 9am start Presentations at 12 plus sausage sizzle

All children under 16 years old

Register now at FNF 36 Mandalay Ave or by phone 47785126

Prizes Include

Weirdest Fish

Biggest and smallest fish

Most inedible

4-8 year old best fish

9-12 year old best fish

13-16 year old best fish

Most fish by a single angler.

Mystery size

Mystery Species

Free entry includes bait and access to FNF tackle box. Don’t forget to bring your fishing gear, closed in shoes, sunscreen, and the desire to catch the big one! Register at FNF soon Limited transport and car pooling available if you have trouble getting there. For Transport or registrations call 47785126

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

If you read my story about the distraught White Bellied Sea Eagle last week, there is a supplemental narrative that came to light this week. After rescuing the irritable and sodden bird, and fishing the equally soggy Pebbles, from the water, the rescue and support team, i.e. friends and family, took charge and get the two home. Using a shower to warm both human and bird,( not at the same time) the friends put the rinsed and toasty eagle into a cage to dry and recover. The bird however was not interested in staying in this strange environment, and without thanking the still soggy Pebbles accomplished a Houdini manoeuvre and escaped its prison. It found the front door which was open and flew off without a second look.

The yellow zone rules are sometimes a bit hazy, i.e. one line per person unless you are in a boat trolling, when you can use 2 if on fishing your own. There was a radio report on the weekend about boats in yellow zones being able to use more than one line, again when fishing on your own. I am trying to get clarification on this interesting report.

On a non-fishing topic, if anyone who wants to look at a very cool You Tube video, google “Lexus Hover board”. Lexus have spent an unknown amount of money inventing the hover board, or no wheel skateboard, that we all thought was so cool from Back to the Future. Just amazing stuff.

Fishing Maggie by Boat

The weather has finally given us a break, a few great days really, and Sunday was the most magnificent day on the water that you would wish for. Many boats did get out of the shed for a run to use that fuel before it went stale. A big pod of Dolphins and a couple of large turtles kept visitors happy in Horseshoe Bay on Sunday.

I got out with youngsters TJ Rory and Tobi for a run on Saturday morning. Unfortunately it was lumpier than predicted so we had to play in Horseshoe. I still got the kids fired up with over 50 hook-ups mainly Wolf Herring, on the troll. A great job to Tobi with probably half the hook-ups, and also for assisting me. (It’s hard to run the deck from the flybridge.) Congrats to 9YO TJ from Griffith with his first legal eating fish, a Doggy Mack, and he had a ball playing with the ravenous wolf herring, as did Rory. Now I just have to get all the Wolfies all rigged up.

There is a yachtie towing a fake croc, from numerous reports, affecting business in HB and tourism. Be careful that is serious and affects business. The elusive croc saga continues.

Trout have definitely been harder to catch, with the close in reefs being very quiet for these sought after eating fish. Reds on the other hand are very active and both large and small mouth Nannygai were on the menu.

A big pod of Dolphins and a couple of large turtles kept visitors happy in Horseshoe Bay on Sunday, and the pods of whales are now getting sighted and photographed regularly. What a great time of year on the Island and off it.

FFishing Maggie on Land

Island newcomer Wayne reported a beautiful 70cm Jack in the harbour. Wayne has been fishing using the only readily available live bait, hardy heads to chase our local fish. Wayne was sitting on the rocks with 2 Hardy’s on one hook, when his line went screaming off. The energetic Jack headed straight for the harbour entrance, before veering left towards the rocks and line snapping safety. Wayne scrambled down the rocks and precariously balanced over the water, managed to turn the Jack, and before long had it safely out of the water. Great fight and top fish Wayne. Wayne followed with a Grunter at WestPoint, those top table fish still being the most prolific fish at the moment.

Dan went fishing with his wife at WestPoint, and as it so often happens had wandered away from his sand spiked rod, when a hungry Grunter slammed his bait, and took off. His watchful wife grabbed the rod and landed the only fish they caught that day to score the weeks bragging rights.

Another guy got a Golden Trevally off a bit of several day old squid, on the Jetty proving that if you have a bit of luck you can catch with anything.

Some Tarpon are back in Horseshoe bay, so get the lures out.

Fishing conditions are great until Thursday so get out there.

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

I think Pebbles will be my fishing heroine of the week. ended to bed fishing stories Pebbles was fishing her regular Coral Trout fishing spot on the jetty last week. One of our Giant White Bellied Sea Eagles, which lives at Hawkins Point, fell victim to a pilchard being floated in the water by a Jetty angler. The magnificent creature swooped down and tried to grab the pilly. Unfortunately all it got was a talon full of gang hook, and the winged predator ended up in the drink, in immediate distress. Quick thinking Pebbles, leapt unthinking into the shark infested waters, (I know, but it sounds braver, and it’s my story), and swam the 50 m, to rescue the distressed bird. She grabbed it by the wings, which can spread to 1.5m, and gently swam it back to the jetty. On the jetty, plenty of willing helpers were there to lift it to safety. The bird was successfully released, hook free and it was the top notch rescue by Pebbles and others that saved it from drowning. There is a warning on this one, that feeding the Picnic Bay Eagles brings them in close to humans, in a fishing area. (Years ago John and I trolled past Hawking’s Point and caught a Sea Eagle, which ended up in my Cruiser and off to Ally B Vet. I remember John telling me that if the eagle got loose, he was out of my car and tough luck to me. I didn’t blame him plus I was ready to jump out too, probably with the car in motion.

The second bird story came out at Nelly Bay on Sunday morning. This poor bugger had no help. An angler was fishing the inside beach in the harbour, when he hooked on to a plover. Now I’ve never seen a plover hooked, in all my fishing years and there are plenty of them. I thought they were pretty smart birds, although annoying and often aggressive. One thing about Plovers, have a strong extended family, which this hapless Angler found out. While he was trying to do the right thing, and release the hook, the other plovers were swooping and trying to nail his head, very disconcerting. Eventually he got it sorted and the Plovers left him in peace. All this was watched from a safe distance by some locals.

Fishing Maggie by Boat

Strong winds and large swells hampered efforts to get too far out this week. Howie has perfected his inner west run across the bommies on the right height and gets a regular score of GTs smaller Queenies and Cod on his lure run, Picnic to Young and return. The beauty of this fishing, is , that it’s all weather, and minimal fuel.

I got out on Sunday, but it was horrible winds and chop. Fortunately we were only heading to HB for a Picnic with friends, and to see if there were whales around. I did see some birds working once, took the boat for a look but all I got was one Doggy and an esky full of Wolf Herring. Adam W, come and pre rig them for me please. Wolfie’s are perfect Spaniard Bait. Alas no whales, although with 15 knot chop they are harder to spot. It was still a nice Picnic lunch but the huge tides and strong winds has lifted that entire fresh shipping channel dredge and mixed it to a horrible coloured sludge. It would be awesome if economics didn’t rule the world and the dredge silt was not dumped in the bay, but that’s another fight. Lots of town boats had gone out, found the conditions were totally crap and ended up in HB and off to the Marlin Bar.

Josh cleaned up on Reds out near Bragg, but had to fight off dozens of hungry sharks to boat more than just the heads. He eventually bagged out, but it quite a battle.

Another 6 Marlin were tagged in Cleveland Bay, but not many Spaniards amongst all that bait.

Fishing Maggie on Land

Young Jackson and Co has switched lures for bait in the murky waters and has been doing tops at Picnic Bay Jetty. Putting in the hours and especially just on and just after dark, the boys have tallied 4 Golden Trevally, 4 Blue Salmon and some reef sharks in a good solid week of fishing. The boys also reported a big Hammerhead hanging around the pylons.

Graham E got a lovely Flathead in a difficult fishing week. These wonderful table fish are still skulking around the warm sandy shallows, in moderate tides, but during the stronger tidal runs they sit deeper, in the clearer water. This week will be a top week to target flatties on soft plastics again. Wednesday and Thursday look like good fishing days, tides and winds look great. I heard of some grunter to 60cm at West Point and a big Dusky in the Rocky area in Top bay, but otherwise WP has been pretty quiet.

The whiting enthusiasts might want to head over to Rocky where some big, (for us) Whiting are taking peeled prawn and Zman Grubz.

There are still some big squid being taken in the harbour. Imagine my face when a visitor told Graham and I in the shop he had tossed them back because he didn’t know what to do with them. He was told. Fortunately Wayne and David D know the value of squid.

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.