Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening on Maggie

What a fantastic week, as always on Maggie. Before I go any further I want to Razz a friend of mine. My good mate broke down off Picnic Bay recently and called me to get him towed back in. I was flat chat dealing with a real mess, and had a quick conversation with a few mates. One mate Nick was free and went and rescued his boat. When I went to pick him up for a beer last week I looked at his boat and he has a 48lb thrust bow motor and 2 truck batteries installed on his boat. Why did he need rescuing? I haven’t told him, I am just going to give him a copy of my article.

Here is a really scary one. Murder via bird, Is that a defence? Another mate J.F. from HB was using a fishing knife and put it down. The knife was picked up by an Osprey and after a couple of seconds, discarded as not a food item. The knife plummeted to earth not too far away from some bathers and speared into the sand. That last fingerprints were J.Fs

Fishing Maggie by Land

Where to fish this week during neap tides? That is always the pressing question.

I have spent some time investigating the capacity of the harbour this week ready for the holidays and the results are quite positive, with various species staying near the bait schools harbouring in the Marina.

There are Mangrove Jack cruising just after dark following the rock walls. Choose live bait and vibes to nail these top line predators. Watch the rocks, they provide good protection for desperate Jacks. Wayne has been hooking his with Hardyheads, but I like using Greenback Herring.

Big Squid are also lurking in the harbour and over at Picnic Bay Jetty, in Shallow. A Story next week on my encounter on the weekend, , but they are worth jigging for after dark.

Diamond Trevally, GTs and Queenies are all chasing the small bait fish in the harbour. We used Tilson Barra lures to raise GT’s have some fun over the weekend. Unfortunately we also lost a monster that had all the characteristics of a massive Barra. TJ battled hard while I tried to slow down the boat being dragged backwards, towards Gustav. (Electric motors just don’t have the grunt sometimes. ) We had the 40lb Fluorocarbon leader sheared off after a 4 minute battle.

Horseshoe Bay has been a productive place to catch toss a lure early am. For the lovers of Queenie and Tarpon action , throw a Twistie or soft plastic and retrieve real fast.

TJ and I counted over 40 flathead lays on south beach in the harbour at low tide. We took one Flattie for Sunday dinner on a Pumpkinseed Gulp but that leaves plenty for the soft plastics enthusiast. I think the average is 8 lays per flattie. We also saw flattie lays all over Cockle Bay.

Fishing Maggie by Boat

The weather has been very kind, and there have been plenty of boating hours spent chasing fish this week. If you have made the effort to bring a boat to the Island, you should do well with Mack’s circling the island in close.

The water temperature has skyrocketed from a low of 20.8 to be currently 24 degrees out wide and 25plus degrees inshore. The very brief winter has long gone. (I can’t believe I let some people talk me into getting wetsuits back in to the shop, talk about bad business decisions.) This warmer water has made many species more active. Reports this week of Spanish mackerel and other Mackerel species on the chew from Horseshoe Bay, Liver Point, Hawking’s Point and around White Rock to Morning Light.

Adam from Aquascene Charters reported an estimated 18kg Spaniard leaping out of the water in the shallows at Nelly on Thursday giving his charter group a real thrill.

The mother and Baby whale were sighted again this week. I thought they would have left already but to have them still here is terrific. I estimate the baby Humpbacks age at 10 weeks, and born locally.

Did you know the population of Humpbacks passing Maggie in 1952 was estimated at 40000, and Australian whaling operations reduced that to 500 by 1962. It’s now back to 20000 which is just incredible, and one of my favourite add on benefits to reef trips this time of year.

Trimaran TBird had an unexpected dinner guest when a 90cm Spotty Mackerel decided to lead out of the water in Horseshoe Bay. The unlucky Mack launched a full 2 m at speed and very nearly cleared the cabin area and back into the water. Unfortunately for him, he clipped the cabin fell to the deck, and joined the dinner guests in a tasty way. The boat owners came in for some lures to chase some more.

As I’m typing Matt from HB picked up a big spotty Mac in Horseshoe and Karl and Drew landed a wopping 18kg GT and a 90cm Spottie as well, also in the bay.

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 annual FNF Bay Days Festival Children’s Fishing Comp was a great success on Sunday. Undeterred by the very fresh winds, dozens of children came on down with parents for an absolutely smashing morning. After the fishing competition ended there was free fish and chips at Picnic Bay Seafood’s, for all the kids,as we did the presentations. The largest fish went to Malakai Kaddatz , Malakai was fishing into the windy side of the Jetty and hooked onto a monster 3.5 kg catfish, which put up on exceptional fight. , All the young anglers ran down to the action spot to watch, leaving rods untended all over the jetty. Fortunately none went into the drink.

With the prize catfish successfully landed, measured, and released, the challenge to beat that size catch was well and truly underway. All baits and lures were tossed into the murky waters in an all out attempt to take the grand prize from Malakai. Tiny Grace Knudson caught a 1kg trevally almost bigger than herself, and was dancing the jig on the jetty in excitement.  Fish caught included Trevally, Grassy Sweet Lip, Spangled Emperor, Moses Perch, Stonefish, Moray eel, Happy Moment, Yellow Stripey, Parrot Fish and lots of Cod, in what was a top fishing comp, and a relaxing way to spend a Sunday morning.

Thank you to all those who attended, and Janie, Di, Graham, Ted, Glenn and Ange for their assistance in making it such a special day.


Weirdest Species Moray Eel –                   Elija Braddick

Mystery Species Parrot Fish –                   Charley Ray Knudson

Mystery Size 23cm Diamond Trevally – Toby Waojtacha

Most Fish caught- 6                                       Jayden Snell

Most Inedible- STONEFISH                        Emilio Velet

Smallest 7cm Cod-                                         Jessie Mclay

4-8 Best Fish 43cm Trevally –                     Grace Knudson

8-12 Best Fish   1KG Remora                     Bailey Walker

Grand Prize Biggest Fish- Catfish 3.5kg Malakai Kaddatz

Fishing Maggie

As the water warms up again, the Barra are getting slightly more active. The Townsville Game Fishing Barra comp last week was a tough show with very few Barra caught, the biggest was measured at a healthy 94cm. Rob caught a nice 61cm off Young Bay in the windy slop on Friday, when not many people were even bothering to fish. Great job

You only have to try a different form of fishing, to appreciate our tropical fishing. Last week, I went to an icy Dam in Lithgow chasing Rainbow and Brown Trout.

With the maximum day temperature of 6° all day, strong winds causing chop across a small dam, freezing hands and face, just to raise one Rainbow Trout. Was it worth it? Hell yeah.

If you’re into land based island sport fishing, get a vibe, and work along the beach at Horseshoe Bay. Tarpon are in close taking vibes and flashers, to give a great show. There is nothing like the aerial aerobics of a 3kg Tarpon when hooked to get the heart pumping..

I see our huge Billfish tournament had one of its quieter years with only 7 Marlin Tagged. Given that the Gold coast is having one of its best years with Blue Marlin everywhere and Spaniards are thick from the Gold Coast to Rocky, something is very different here this year. The Wolf Herring are thicker than anyone can remember with thousands schooling around the Island. I’m guessing the lack of Spaniards and big Predators has contributed to the numbers of these fish. Kids love catching them and everyone is trying to sell them to me. I have plenty by the way don’t ask.

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.