Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening

Hello once again Anglers, it looks like another relatively dry week in the tropics with no decent rainfall in sight. With the end of the holiday season, I think we would all sacrifice a couple of dollars in tourist trade for a decent downpour or 4.

Thanks to all who offered sponsorship and help for the Jetty bins and equipment. We will co-ordinate and keep you all informed on the progress of these items.

ND has almost finished repairs on the yacht that sunk off Orchard Rocks last year. It will be fully refurbed and for sale shortly.

I am off to Sydney and Coffs Harbour for a brief family visit this coming weekend. There will of course be a little bit of fishing, (Don’t tell Janie,) with a quick trip to Lithgow to chase Rainbow Trout on Saturday (3.30am start, anglers are crazy.) If the weather permits, there will also be a kayak Bass fishing session in the Bellingen River near Dorrigo N.S.W. I need to dust off the Bass lures and spinnerbaits, find an old friend with tandem kayak, (Hi Tony) and pack the telescopic Rods in the suitcase. With any luck one trip will cover 7 family members and 4 fish species. (Brown Trout Rainbow Trout Bass and Perch.)

Onshore Fishing

Young Bay has seen the return of Blue Salmon and Catfish in the Muddy areas chasing tiny prawns, although the beach sandy areas at West Point have been lacking many of the regular Pelagic Visitors. There has been Golden Trevally in the evenings and on the top of the high, along with a few small Flathead as well. RC had a 5 Flathead session on Friday off the sand flats, although they were all on the just legal size and all carefully released. Horseshoe Bay was, and continues to be a fishing write-off as the northerlies settle in for the week.

Fish the Harbour wall this week as the Northerlies smooth out the bays on the southern side, the bommies, reef and rubble will hold Trout, and all Reef fish, great fun on bait or soft plastics. Nelly Bay beach should also be very fishable and well worth a play. I was smashed by my third decent Barra in as many weeks on Gulps while targeting GT’s near Base on the rising tide Sunday morning. Although I have hooked them in the harbour, and off the rock wall at NB, this is the first ever off the western end of the beach.

Offshore Fishing

Following several large bait schools, Doggie Mack’s are currently congregating around Hawking’s Point as are, surprisingly, some Mack Tuna and Longtail Tuna. This means good light gear sport fishing and cheap on boat fuel and time.

The Reef has been producing great Trout and Good Reds, although this week will be no go with those pesky winds. Those deep sea speed freaks (Wahoo) were also being caught around the closer reefs with 3 reported last week as more a consolation catch on the way home.

Several local boats filled the Esky with good reef fish on Friday Saturday and even Sunday, at Brewer and Lodestone, although with horrible sloppy chop on the way home.

Our awesome Coastguard crews were kept busy with boat tows and Rescues. The largest was the Sand Bar, a Cat at least 4 m longer than the rescue boat, safely towed back to town after a breakdown out wide.

Remember, “To the world it may be just one fish but to me it is the World”

Until next time gone Fishin’…. be back dark-thirty

Cheers Dale

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Fishin’ Maggie

What’s New on the Rock

The heat has been oppressive for the last 2 weeks as the real tropical summer finally arrived. There were some mishaps this week, mainly due to higher level of activity in boating, fishing. 10 Year old Tim got a surprise dunking when he tried to wind in a jetty pylon at Picnic Bay. Tim cast out his line, and managed to wrap the hook around the timber post. Leaning over the edge Tim was yanking the line to free the tackle, when he unbalanced, and did a graceless and embarrassing plunge into the murky waters. With startled anglers watching and Dad observing even more carefully, the sodden Tim swam to the steel ladder and exited the weedy waters. The rod is still down there, nobody seemed too keen to salvage the cheaper end rig.

Another person had the misfortune to slip down the Nelly Bay boat ramp, and ended up scraped and bleeding in the drink. Be very careful on Nelly Bay boat ramp because the slippery algae builds up quick, due to the calm and very warm harbour waters, and this makes the ramp as slippery as ice.

A super keen fisherman attempting to rock fish near the culvert at Nelly became wedged in rocks, needing some help with the tide rising.

The HB markets had a late cancellation Sunday morning , as some very welcome heavy but localized downpours soaked the Island. That brief stormy period fired up the fish during and directly afterwards, with a run of hungry Trevally, Dart, and Tarpon biting across the bay.

I read a story this week of a US spear fisherman that speared a 413lb Marlin while spearfishing in a kelp bed. That’s just nutty. Apparently he was dragged at speed through the water, and went waterskiing, via Marlin express, before finally getting close enough to his boat to pass the line to his Dad. After that they battled the furious Alpha predator for 2 more hours plus before finally landing it. Talk about extreme spearfishing.

Fishing Maggie by Land

Nelly Bay has been the best fishing bay of the week for land based fishing with Trout Reds and other reef residing species being extremely active in the rocky and still murky waters, Lures and pillie baits have produced the best. The presiding NNE winds have meant calmer waters on the Nelly Bay side of the Island.

For those of you that like fishing for Grunter, (most of us because they taste succulent and amazing,) then you had better get out to Cockle Bay and Young Bay. The holes and structures are holding good Grunter numbers. Live bait is always the best option for these fish, but if you can’t get any with the net, make sure you have some good Australian squid or prawn in the esky.

A couple of anglers spotted live squid in Young Bay near the rubble, and also found squid in the stomachs some of the Grunter. Fish light gear for better results.

Fishing Maggie by Boat

The boat fishing has been fantastic. Big Reds out deep, Trout and Reds in close, it’s a great time of year. Night fishing in Nelly Bay and Picnic Bay can be very productive. Matt snapped up some great keeper Reds in the middle of Nelly Friday night, after a slow start catching inferior quality Slatey Bream. Some visitors staying on the esplanade were catching Coral Trout to 3kg in Nelly and Picnic Bay. Every time I saw them they were holding up the latest catch, just from small bommie’s around the bays. Top of the tide seems to work the best.

Some mates and I have been having few jigging sessions on the channel markers to test for school mackerel (doggies) and checking for any Greys and Spanny’s. The doggies frequenting these pylons have been nudging the 60 to 65cm mark and Fingermark and GT’s have also been hanging around the ones holding the big bit schools. Move from one to another, find the s that hold large bait schools, (often harassed by doggie and grey Mack’s.) and have a go. Locate schools of fish that are sitting on the bottom under the bait. Drift over and drop soft plastics to the bottom and then use a slow lift and drop motion repeatedly. I have had good success catching Mack’s, Fingermark, Gt’s, cod and many other species.

Dave D showed me a great pic of a 5kg Red he picked up in one of his favourite haunts. Nice fish mate. The calmer waters have allowed smaller boats to go to their favourite haunts and finally on the good tides. Josh boated one of the biggest Gt’s he has seen recently. Pushing 30kg the beast took a livie out at Container for 40 minutes of reel and drag destroying action.

This coming weekend should be good for island fishing with good tides and reasonable weather.

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, water sports, camping, beach and adventure gear. We hire and sell fishing rods, and snorkel equipment, plus sell bait, tackle, ice, spear fishing equipment, pool toys, and BIKE HIRE, SEGWAY TOURS and convenience supplies. Check out Kooler 24 hour Ice 7kg plus only $4, boating and bike accessories and rod and reel repair available.

Fishin’ Maggie

What’s New on the Rock

Happy New Year to all and thank you for all your support in 2015. For those I haven’t caught up with for drinks or a chat, February is always a better time for that as the wet season slows down business, and leaves time for serious fishing and socializing.

Maggie Island welcomes 4 Post Grad students doing a full-on Dugong survey around Magnetic Island. They are using Kayaks to record movements, numbers and other information in a study that will take nearly 3 months. I remember seeing Dugongs around the jetty in the mid 2000’s and sometimes near the Tinny at Horseshoe Bay on fishing trips. I have noticed that they don’t seem to be as prevalent any more, but I hope I’m wrong. Either way I look forward to seeing the results of the survey. (I even remember a baby dugong getting caught in the Picnic Bay stinger nets, I think in 2006, which was a big event and had kids very excited. Dugongs are the only solely marine Herbivorous sea mammal, and are listed as vulnerable to extinction.
Now that there is no talk of cyclones, we can all get back into the serious business of fishing, crabbing, and even chasing some prawns. There are prawns being caught in the cast nets at WestPoint and Young Bay, but they are still fairly small. If you don’t want to eat them they are exceptional live bait for Grunter, Trevally, Tarpon, Jacks, and Queenies.

Fishing Maggie by Land

I know it’s not the favourite of people who come to the tropics, but decent size summer Whiting are still very aggressive, and there is an abundance of them in most island bays. If you are using Gulp’s you will feel them smashing the tails of the soft plastics. Tiny gulps and poppers and prawns are still the go.
GT’s, which are such fun as sporting fish, (and good in the pan as well), have moved back into the Nelly Bay harbour, and are very active in the early morning and just on or after dark. GT’s love smaller lures, soft plastics, and live bait, particularly the readily available Hardy heads.
Live bait is particularly hard to get at the moment, but is well worth the effort, as it is always a brilliant way to fish.
JK was fishing a new Tilsan Timber lure at Horseshoe Bay beach, northern end, when he saw something very large following the lure, and unwilling to lose the new purchase, quickly yanked it in as fast as he could. JK thinks it was a fairly decent size shark having a look at his new offer.
Two Queenies caught by visitors at the PB jetty early in the morning were a welcome sight and hard fight in an otherwise fairly quiet week on the western side. Trevally are still resident under the pylons on and after dark and venture out periodically to smash the schools of bait fish.
This week, the tides are much better, and the fishing should improve markedly both in Horseshoe Bay beach, and at West Point.

Wayne continues his good run with a cracker of a Mangrove Jack at Nelly Bay. Wayne baited live Hardy head to land 4 very aggressive feeding GT’s before this 5kg monster Jack hit the line. A great catch fish in so close Wayne.

Fishing Maggie by Boat

Martin smashed out 10 good size Macs in Horseshoe Bay in one session during the week, as the last of the Grey Mack’s and plenty of Doggies continue to shelter in that area. Deep trolled spoons and deep lures still seem to work the best, 3 to 4 m is a good depth to be targeting.
The boats that went out deep had much more luck with Red’s than Trout, with the big Red’s being more active than you would expect, given the neap tides. Luckily this week Wednesday to Sunday will be much better tides for fishing. Fishing the deeper shoals and bommie’s was more productive than the actual reef areas, and those Spaniards are still scarce.

The northerlies put paid to Matt’s boat again, which was swamped for the second time in a really crappy HB swell. Another boatie reported needing 8 people to trailer his boat on the same day on Saturday, due to strong northerlies. This next week is looking much better, with the winds fairly light.

Crabbing in the harbour has a waste of time and bait, but the Mangroves are still producing Bucks of good size and weight. Remember 4 pots max per person and respect others.

 

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.