Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening on the Rock

What a beautiful week on our Maggie. There were finally a couple of great fishing days, where the winds dropped and boaties could get out.

I had the tinnie out Saturday and I saw what I’m pretty sure was a huge Loggerhead Turtle in the shallow water in Nelly Bay. It came up right near the boat and I got quite a start, as did he. He was huge, maybe 70-90kg, just awesome to see.

I also notice on the occasions that I go past Rocky Bay these days that there seems to be a permanent tent set up, like someone lives there, but I don’t know the story. Maybe somebody can enlighten lightened me as to who’s camping there.

We had some major complaints and some flat tires at the boat ramp at Nelly Bay as the weather improved and boats used the ramp for the first time since the 2 destroyed boats were removed last week. On the low tide there was glass, screws, nails and general debris between the ramp cracks. After a couple of calls to the main TCC number our local Council boys came to the rescue and made sure that the ramp was safe for the weekend.

If you want to take anyone fishing, find a fishing buddy that doesn’t like seafood. I had a tinny run with G man Sunday. When you go out flicking a lure with G you get to eat it all the fish and any legal crabs in the pots, including the big mud crab that was dinner Sunday night.

Can anyone tell me if they are getting many Jennys in their pots? I haven’t seen many at all lately, which is strange. Is it the lack of rain causing the breeders to stay deep or another reason?

Fishing Maggie by Land

Dan from Alaska spends half the year on the Island, between his job requirements in Alaska. Dan is addicted to West Point fishing, and has promised to give me regular updates. His first update was so good that I’ve just printed it as it is. Dan smashed a 1.07M Queenie this week to take the fish of the week. For those that don’t know Dan, have you ever watched Deadliest Catch on TV? Dan works on a boat that goes out and rescues/ salvages those boats in horrible conditions when they are in trouble, or run aground. What an interesting and full on job. Dan’s email as follows.

“Hi Dale! Here is a couple of pics of a beaut Queenie I caught Thursday night right after sunset at West Point on a live bait and  2/0 hook, on that $35.00 rod and reel combo I bought in your shop on Wednesday. I had my doubts about how the tackle would handle a big fish and I am mighty pleased at the performance of the rod, reel and line. I had the fish hooked deep in the throat and if not for the wire leader the line would have been cut I am sure. The fish measured at 1meter 70mm, by far the biggest Queenie I have caught! It has been only my 2nd night back on Maggie from my work in Alaska, a nice start to my time off 🙂 I stopped by today to show you the pics but you were gone fishing. I saw about 10 rods with lines in the water and one small shark caught was all by dark when most people left.”

Nelly Bay beach has seen a return of GT schools. Giant Trevally is the most numerous fish around the Island at the moment and great fun on light gear. Halco flashers, soft plastics, squid all work well. At night the GT’s are back to the harbour schooling just off the Ferry terminal.

Fishing Maggie by Boat

Graham scored a trip out deep with W and K. The boys bagged out on Trout and came home early in a very productive morning session. The boys also smashed out some top Spaniards, which were schooling in big numbers just off the reef.

John gave up his first big run on his new 26’ Seaswirl to go out to Davies on a luxury 36’ Custom Lohr. (The choices some people have to make.) The boys had a great trip out, but the return was really lumpy, even for that size and quality American built boat.

Grey Mack’s were in some numbers off Young Bay. Sandor and Bob had a good Grey session of Westie on Friday, and the town boats got into them over the weekend. The greys were Smallish 70-80cm, but at least it’s a season start. The town boats run through and stir them up, then toss soft plastics and flashers at them.

I had a cool plastics session at Cockle in the Tinny on Saturday for 2 hours, top of the tide, using just one type of Zman Streaks,and a Zerek fish Trap. The result was 2 Jacks, GT, Cuda’s, and a flattie, with a dropped Barra just after 9.30, and a few dropped somethings. Sunday morning I tried to repeat the session and it was really quiet, GT and Cuda only. I did the same everything, but it was a different day.

Barnacle Bill has now finished up, and business buyer John will be starting fishing trips from next week. It will be interesting to see how it all goes with Christmas on the way.

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

What a game we had on Sunday night, the Cowboys did some magic to get that first frand final. Down where we live we could hear all the happy screams and yells from all over Nelly Bay, and Cowboys supporters were calling us next morning (not to early though) to reserve a copy of the bully on Monday. Great job Cowboys and totally awesome for keeping North QLD on the map. Maggie Island even got a mention on the national and international broadcast. There was a financial cost to us though as the 8.30 Segway tour on Monday cancelled, due to over exuberance causing injury at a Cowboys football party.

Speaking of Segway’s, FNF conducted Segway wedding number one on Saturday as Jeff Maurice Married Mikayla at Arcadia. The Groom and Groomsmen trained Friday and we all glided to the wedding over the stunning Gabul Way. The boys had a great time, and fortunately all got there in one piece for Crusty Heron to conduct the vows.

The boys did not want to hop off the Segway’s, and in the end we got in trouble for being late from the wedding photographer. All in good fun.

Week two of the school holidays came and went, and the accommodation was still at full capacity. Unfortunately midweek saw a big weather change as the winds came up to 20kn plus, and the water quality turned to Mud. I watched a jetski head out of the harbour Saturday from Nelly Bay, but he was back in 10 minutes, it was obviously way too rough to have any fun.

Fishing Maggie by Land

Janie had a visitor in during the week from W.A who was absolutely raving about the fishing here on Maggie. Although we have tough fishing times, this guy had seen Coral Trout, Queenies and other species caught right off the beach at Horseshoe Bay, during his stay, and was blown away that we could catch quality fish straight off the beach. He was telling Janie his area is fished out and there is absolutely nothing to be caught around the beaches.

Horseshoe Bay saw a large Queenie get wrestled to the beach, and promptly released. It was a dead bait catch and by a visitor. The Coral Trout that the holiday maker also witnessed was off the beach and a top notch 2kg dinner size, right in the middle of the sandy area on pillie. Great job.

I was walking the Peppers walkway for a coffee on Saturday and as always was carrying a rod just in case I saw some action. As I rounded the first turn past the toilets I decided to flick once in the shallow water. As I reeled my lure in, a 90cm est Barra went straight for the Gold slapper, checked out the lure and saw me, turned and bolted, tail splashing the water . So close he was, and from that height I had a great view as it was low tide. I’m going to have to invest in a gopro, to get those moments on film.

Sunday saw the Harbour Jelly prawn school move from the Barge ramp to the public boat ramp and the hardyheads, Tarpon and Trevally followed them. The Trevally were small but great fun on light, and the Tarpon were more respectable at 1-2kg.

Another respectable Flattie 44cm was caught off the NB harbour beach by a visitor Tom Saturday in very tough fishing conditions. Dinner done he went to Arkies for a beer and a go on the pokies and won $370. Nice day.

Fishing Maggie by Boat

Toby and his granddad went fishing in HB early in the week and managed to land a very respectable 1.5kg Coral Trout and 1.5kg Grunter of the shoaly areas, in one of the only bays that have been fishable last week.

Roo went to the Cape for a couple of days and reported that the mud crabs were few and far between, and those that were in the pots were empty, and not worth keeping. Muddies have definitely been hard to get this year, the lack of rain making a huge difference. Although the boys had a ball with other fish, the Barra were super tough to get.

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.