Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening on Maggie

The more settled weather last week allowed for some longer boating trips, to Centipede, Slashers, Palms and even Myrmidon. The reef clarity was spectacular at plus 30m visibility with a temperature of 25 degrees. That’s about as perfect as it gets, Glassy, warm and active fishing.

Check out the negative North QLD comment on www.seatemperatures.org   Much of Oceania is situated within the tropics so there is not a great deal of variation in the sea temperature. The water is always pleasantly warm in Polynesia, Micronesia and Northern Australia (if you dared go in there!).”

That’s a bit of a shallow point of view, personally I love swimming and snorkelling in the warm northern waters, and snorkelling and diving the reef is safe, fun and should be on everyone’s bucket list.

From next weekend we will be hiring an underwater camera with a 50m cable. Have you ever wanted to see what’s under your boat, or check out one of your favourite marks?  Well come in to FNF and hire the camera and go have a look for yourself.

Onshore Fishing

Fishing at night in the harbour is just a blast. With the bait thickening in the Marina area, there has been an increase in numbers and fish activity.

Tarpon, Trevally and Big Barra are kicking up just on dark through to Midnight.

The biggest dropped Barra of the week was a 1.1 m monster on Thursday. JW hooked up at 9.30pm and spent 20 minutes fighting this massive fish to the side of the pontoon, but had to put the rod down and grab his net. As he tried with the net it was quickly obvious that the Barra was too big to get even its head in the net. Plan B was to get the Gaff. JW turned around to grab the gaff and as he did the rod slackened for an instant. The Trophy Barra realised there was a chance and with one flick broke the line and headed off. Needless to say JW was devastated with his biggest ever Barra gone.

Reports over the weekend of the most welcome return of some Greenback Herring to the Jetty. It has been a long time and Herring are the fish that attract 80 percent of the Predators to the area. I see Wade was down there getting some livie’s on Monday.

A lucky visitor bagged 2 75cm Barra at Young Bay on Gold Bombers, whilst another visitor lost about $300 worth of Sydney bought lures on our big snaggy areas, a bonus later for low tide explorers.

Offshore Fishing

There is no end yet to the roaming Grey Mack’s that are staying in close around the Island. After getting 4 Mack’s on our only trip out on Tuesday, the run of fish continued with other boats landing some great Spotties, Doggies and medium size Greys from Horseshoe Bay to Liver Point, nice and close in during the week. Whilst not as concentrated as prior, they were roaming around White Rock, off White Lady Bay and Gowrie Bay Headland. Spoons and Mad Mullets the best options, with Pilchard coloured Halco’s and livies the next best.

Downtime bagged out at Centipede Reef Sunday with 30 Trout. Other boats scored great Reds, and Trout, with a few Spannie’s. So where are the big Spaniards? From all accounts including fisheries they are around The Palms/ Pelorus area where the big bait schools are congregating.

If you can’t go far in your tinny don’t despair, Trout are thick around the Island.

Earlybird Charters are running around Island fishing charters now and have been pulling some big Trout on lure, as has the other charters consistently. Most long time Island Anglers agree this is a wonderful year for Coral Trout, big healthy and plentiful.

New Product FNF

Finally, after 6 months of testing and setup, the first electric bikes have arrived in the FNF hire stable. These Hybrid 29ER T rex Poer assist bikes offer the option to see the Island by bike without 2 much hard work. I rode Horseshoe Bay and back on these and I’m not at all fit. Come and have a look.

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

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 hire gear. We hire and sell fishing rods, Bikes and snorkel equipment, plus sell bait, tackle, ice, spear fishing equipment, and convenience supplies. Check out our 24-hour Ice 7kg only $4. New product Electric Bike Hire starts this week

Rod and reel repair available.

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What’s Been Happening On Maggie

Saturday saw the annual FNF children’s fishing Competition, held at the Picnic Bay jetty on a fine spring day.  40 plus children and uncounted wonderful supporting parents made the day an outstanding success.

The fishing was tough despite the massive effort, preparation and the varied bait choices hanging limply on 60 or more lines. We  even tried some Tuna oil splashes to fire things up. Tough fishing sorts out the girls from the boys and I have to say, the boys were outnumbered at this competition. Go girls.

All in all 40 plus fish were caught, although nothing was heading home to the dinner table.  Congratulations to all the participants of this fun morning. Thanks to the parents who made the effort to bring the kids, and make the day a resounding success.

My appreciation also, to those who helped out with the competition. These included Jackson, TJ, Graham, Janie, and our wonderful local Taxi drivers who sponsored a prize. Thanks for organising that Grant.

TJ and Janie got a bit of a shock Sunday. I was away for a morning fish, and Janie and TJ went down to give JH’s boat a bit of a clean in Gustav Creek. Young TJ Called out and said

” Nan there’s a big boat floating past with nobody on it” A local boat had broken mooring and was slowly  meandering from one side of Gustav to the other, moving with the outgoing tide.  Although it came close, the current kept it from hitting any other boats, before it drifted out past Wazza’s yacht and out to the middle. Everyone chipped in to get the boat safe, and Marina owner Lance got a rope to it. The owner was involved by then and the boat was soon moored safely again.

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Ray and I went for a run early Sunday morning to have a look around and see whether there were any Greys still here for the holiday season. We did find and land some big adults Greys around the meter mark inside Horseshoe Bay, taking Halco Divers. We had the wrong size esky so it was a bit of a battle getting them in, a nice issue to have.

Josh went over to the creeks around the Cape and dodged Crocks to have some fast Barra action with a dozen or so caught and released. That’s a fun session any time, well done.

Congratulations to Flavio for his big Queenie, caught off the Nelly Bay concrete block. Flavio had just bought a new budget rig from FNF and was blown away when this monster hooked up.  After the normal Aerobatics this prize sportfish was landed and up to the shop for a pic. Great work Flavio, more to come?

Johnno found a patch of big Grunter not far from Liver Point. Ranging to a massive 3kg these were a happy addition to the holiday freezer.

Decent Crays are still out there for the catching, with the light NE winds this week, head to Nelly and Picnic. Leith has been scoring big crays on the clear days, along with a few big Trout.

Finally after a tough Billfish year so far, some bigger Marlin are around, although a fair way out closer to Myrmidon Reef.  “Reel Crazy” went 5.4.3 on the weekend, (5 seen, 4 hooked, 3 tagged,) All the Marlin were 100lb-300lb, which are a great fighting fish. The boats also found big schools of Large Spaniards out in the same area.
Pick of the week places to fish this week with the predicted conditions are Nelly Bay, and WestPoint.

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 pylon at the entrance to the harbour that the Sealink ferry ran into and knocked down has finally been replaced, a very costly exercise. It surprised me that it was done during race week, but I guess they don’t really check for possible issues like 60 yachts going past twice per day. The new one is all shiny and new and hopefully will attract Trevally and Jumping Cod like the last one.

A tourist heading to WestPoint for sunset told me he was privileged to see 2 adult Dugongs right up close to the beach. He told me that was about the coolest thing he’s ever seen, and a holiday high. Apparently the thick cloudbank made for a lousy sunset that night so he was lucky. It’s the nature that make our island so special. A customer came in buzzing, last week and shared his 4 wildlife experiences in 4 days at his house. Day one he woke up to find a curious Koala had come into the yard for a visit. Day 2 was a lazy Python at the door, day 3 a whip snake soaking up some midday sun, but day 4 was his highlight. At 3 am a Barking Owl flew through his window into the house for a brief visit, waking the household in the process. You never know what wildlife you will be lucky enough to encounter on Maggie.

While on the subject of wildlife, there are no Kangaroos roaming around at Horseshoe Bay, they are Agile Wallabies. (Macropus Agilis) I get many people mistakenly calling them Kangaroo’s, but our Agiles are the largest species of Wallabies on the Island.

An Angler told me a funny story on Sunday. He was fishing with gang hooks and whole Pilchard at Horseshoe Bay, just near the boat ramp, when he hooked up a decent size mud crab buck. The sizable crab was, as you can imagine, not keen on letting go of the Pillie and came in to shore still attached, and pretty cranky. As our angler tried to rip the mud crab out of the water, the hooks came away from the crab. Thinking fast, he flipped the rod to use the butt to knock the crab further up the beach. As he did that the hooks swung around and inserted themselves firmly into his calf. Each time he used the rod butt to push the muddy further up the beach, the hooks pulled and he squealed. Determined that the crab wouldn’t get away though he persisted and managed to get a bucket over the top of the crab, and with some help pulled the hooks out, then dealt with the crab. The things Anglers will do for crab sandwich.

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I don’t know the reason, but we are still being visited by more Grey Mackerel than we normally see at this time of the year. Whether they missed the commercial nets down south, or its because of the banning of commercial netting of several creeks here this year, something, has resulted in early Greys. MS put his lines out just because he was testing his boat, and can’t use the boat without chucking a line in, and found that the lines were hit almost immediately. The big bait school he had passed was being closely followed by hordes of legal Greys and Spaniards, and they hit nearly every troll loop he did with the spoon lines. Of course with no ice on board things were difficult, fishing always works like that.
If you want to find some of these wonderful eating fish, (which some people believe are sold as Spaniard in many places), then go out and find yourself a raised bait school, and troll around with a couple of deep spoons, or downrig/ paravane gar.

There are plenty of Trout still at the various reefs, several on each hang in some spots. Jubba and Co had a ball last trip, with 17 quality Trout and stacks of Red Throat Emperor, which have a beautiful taste and texture.
You know since Tony (police) left, I haven’t noticed too many dedicated Whiting fishermen here, and the whiting population has exploded.  Although commonly caught around here on prawn and very light gear, small bass Lures and poppers are great fun to try in the shallows of the sandbanks around WestPoint, Cockle Bay, Rocky Bay and Nelly Bay. Catching Whiting on micro popper and super light gear can be just as cool as catching bigger fish on lure.
Give it a try, or be lazy and come in and get a premade Whiting rig.

There may be some Mackerel hanging around the jetty with a semi local angler losing a $30 super-size popper first cast. He told me there was a huge swirl and his 80lb leader was destroyed instantly, and the popper gone in an instant. Huge Cuda or Mackerel would be my guess. Anyway I sold him a slightly smaller Halco popper as a replacement far cheaper, than the one he bought at Airlie Beach, and he will try again, maybe with wire trace this time.

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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.