Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening on Maggie

Race week is nigh, and the harbour is about to be filled with big racing yachts and cacophonous parties as the usual suspects enjoy a cruzy week of aquatic fun. With mother and baby whale around still, (sighted nearly every day last week), the race boats will have to sail with extra care, as they are so quiet and fast. The mother and bub have been hanging around Nelly area for about five weeks. and the cool visual display each day is tiny baby breaching continuously, obviously practicing hard . I’m guessing that they’re ready to move on in the next week or two, so if you got a chance to go out on a boat for a look this week then do it.

On the subject of whales, sadly a dead baby whale was found floating Near Aims just off the Cape during the week. The baby whale appeared healthy and strong, and there was no obvious evidence of the reason for death. Theories include beaching after losing contact with mum and also possible heart attack.
There is a lump on the radar with Nannygai and Trout holding, just off Hawking’s Point about 50 m, fairly near one of the shark buoys. I was told last week that it was from a dozer that fell off the barge in the 1960s. Can anyone confirm that for me please?

Now Anglers this major QLD green paper on fisheries management has input available until 30 September. I know we should all have a say about fishing in our area so please go to  https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/fisheries/consultations and help us manage the fishery that we live in and use. It has not been talked about much but there are big changes possible, including bag limit changes so go have your say. I will break down some of the main points next edition.

Fishing Maggie on Land

If you haven’t gone fishing for some dinner Grunter yet, you need to get out there. Doug said WestPoint was still producing lots of Quality Grunter, and I am still catching them in Gustav Creek on a regular basis. The prawns are in still, following the tide in Young and Bolger Bay, so of course the Grunter are following. Coz got his big bucket of prawns last week on the drag and has been enjoying a fresh prawn feed daily.
I had little grandson TJ over here on the weekend so we chucked some poppers in at Horseshoe Bay Sunday. TJ got his first GT on popper, so he was really stoked. Well done TJ. GTs and Goldie’s are also in close in the early am and evening so go chuck a popper, or small flasher. (TJ might forgive me now for getting his brother a Barra before him.)
Happy Birthday and congratulations to Liam who landed 2 quality Trout off the Cape on Friday, Not to be deterred by some very average boating conditions the boys worked hard with great results.

Fishing Maggie – Boating

Liam caught the featured two magnificent Coral Trout on his birthday off the Cape on Thursday. Happy birthday and top catch Liam.

Congratulations on a very respectable cobia to Rita, just off Horseshoe Bay near White Rock. Hubby Frank got a big Deep Sea Catfish as a consolation prize, not as good eating but a top fighter.

I had a guy came in to the shop on Saturday, and had read my article about the Billfish Tournament. He told me that as he has a yacht, he doesn’t very often get Billfish on his Lures. Billfish tend to enjoy big noise and bubbles. He did tell me though that coming back from Lodestone Reef very recently, he hooked up and got to the side of the boat, a two meter black Marlin, before it threw the hook and took off for the deep. There is absolutely no reason anyone on the Island with a 4.5m plus boat can’t go off the Cape and chase a Marlin. Some of the bait schools that attract Billies are very close-in, and reachable by smaller boats. You just need the right lures a sounder and lots of patience.
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Until next time gone Fishin’…. be back at dark-thirty

Cheers Dale

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Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening on Maggie

A big Thumbs down to a large centre console boat seen by locals on the weekend fishing well inside Florence Bay. P… Cat you have been reported to Fisheries. Despite being notified over radio they continued to fish inside the green zone. Florence Bay has all our friendly fish, used to interactions with people, and important for conservation and tourism. Keep an eye out for this boat in our green zones and get pictures. These boaties are the FNF mongrels of the week.

Just another note on zoning, here’s a clarification of the trolling rules in yellow zones, as I was asked again by someone last week. You can troll up to 3 lines on your own even in the yellow zones. In other words you can troll 3 lines through Arthur Bay, all of Cleveland Bay, and all the way around the Island, even if you are boating on your own.

Have a look at the underwater blue lights on that beautiful boat “The Wiz” at night in front of Peppers. At 10.30 pm Friday night there was schools of Trevally, Mackerel, Butterfish, small squid and many other cool species, all circling the powerful lights. It was quite a spectacle to see so many fish at night, just like an outdoor aquarium. Check it out after the lights have been on for a while, it’s very cool. By the way if anyone wants to buy The Wiz she is available I believe for just under a million bucks, what a bargain.

Early in the week the shark buoy maintenance boat was seen leaving Horseshoe with a big lean as a very large shark was towed out to deeper waters. Im still convinced the shark population is very health, and fortunately very well fed.

Registrations for the FNF Children’s Fishing Competition start this week drop in or call up to register your children. This year will be the biggest yet with great prizes and a sausage sizzle during presentations.

A couple of non-dangerous stingers upset some snorkelers at Radical Bay. They delivered a very mild sting to one lady but the biggest issue was the fear factor, causing some snorkelers to cancel their swimming adventures. I found one over at Cockle Bay trapped by the dropping tide. The one I found at looked like a moon jellyfish (Aurelia Aurita), one of the most common in the world, the sting is very mild to humans. There may be a few of these around, nothing to panic about.

Fishing Maggie

Mikki dropped a sizable Barra at the last moment on Saturday night in Gustav Creek. Mikki had freed the wily Barra from one pylon wrap successfully, but just as John was about to net the fish it found another pylon and snapped the line. We watched as the sudden realisation that it was free set in, and then it took off for the depths with a flick of its tail. Mikki was understandably devastated, it would have been her first since coming back to Maggie. Small Grunter and GT soon after softened the pain just a little. I think she may be fired up to start fishing again though.

Tim is back for his annual holiday. All the way from Portland down in the cold country, Tim was telling me the Pilchards are so thick you can scoop them off the beaches with a bucket. With the massive bait schools are thousands of big Tuna, Snapper and Kingfish. Tim said the season down there is the biggest for many years, but he is looking forward to warm water fishing with us again.

Congratulations to Wade for his 94cm Trout in Nelly Bay. That’s a top Trout anytime but only 30 m off the beach it is an incredible catch. Wade as you may know has the small catamaran that makes such a great dive platform. Wade agrees with many that the Trout population is very healthy this year.

Mackerel are still in numbers around the Pylons, particularly the Eastern ones.

Ron found a patch of Wolf Herring and Queenies in the harbour near the public boat ramp. I haven’t seen Wolfie’s in the Harbour before, an unusual occurrence. Ron bought a new metal slice, took it down, lost it to a big fish, and was back for another within 15 minutes. Toothy critters are great for our business.

I’m off to play in the Billfish tournament this week, it could be rough, but always 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 plus $4.  New BIKE section. Rod and reel repair available.