Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening On Maggie

I wrote a story couple of weeks ago about somebody getting scared at Picnic at night by marine creature trapped in the nets. Imagine then this next person’s consternation. They were swimming in the stinger nets on Thursday afternoon just on dusk last week, doing a few laps. As they turned their head for a breath they noticed a fin following them through the water. The local who asked to remain anonymous readily admits to a moment or 2 of pure panic as he lost his freestyle rhythm and invented a totally new swimming stroke called pandemonium. The shark disappeared fast, but I have had 2 other reports since of a reef shark trapped in the stinger net so have let the surf lifesaving team know. The shark seems happy enough, his own private fish supply and no competition, that’s the life.

If anyone found a fishing rod at Picnic Bay jetty last week, can you please bring it to the shop as the owner catches great sentimental value to it, and desperately wants it back. It is a Shimano Rod with a nice Fin-Nor reel.

I was fighting my way through a large amount of plastics and other rubbish in Gustav Creek this week, trying to clear it up before the big rains eventually come and flush all that crap into our ocean. We desperately need a program to keep the creeks clean, 2 garbage bags of rubbish in one short section, and more creek bed to complete. If anyone gets a chance to pick up rubbish on the island before the wet season please do so. I’m happy to provide scoop net and rubbish bags. I have found everything from Bongs to bathroom scrubbing brushes. Our freshwater Creeks are incredible places. There are Gudgeons, Fantail guppies, Cherry Shrimp, and the amazing Cherabin or Giant Shrimp (Macrobrachium Rosenbergii) and many other aquatic animals that manage to survive a dry Creek for six months, then come out first rain and fill the creeks with life again.

In the brackish waters are leader prawns, (Tigers) with their red eyes standing out at night in the torchlight, mullet and a myriad of juvenile fish it’s a fascinating and complicated ecology and deserves more attention and protection from us.

The new moon brought the prawns on over the weekend and as they schooled they attracted big Mangrove Jack, and Grunter 40-55cm. Congrats to JW on his beautiful Jack in the Harbour. Grunter and Salmon have been on at WestPoint, although one angler reported having his Threadfin Salmon absolutely destroyed by a shark while reeling it in, right on sunset.  This week the rock walls will be the place to fish as the small bait is hugging the coastal areas.

Congratulations to Ray on his 4kg Coral Trout of Desolation Point. Ray broke his long run of Goldspot\ Cod to finally get a big prize Trout.

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

Neap tides and lethargic fish, last week was a battle to get dinner on the table. Fortunately Golden Trevally, one of our favourite table fish, was still in abundance off the rocks around the Island. Golden Trevally take lures readily, fight hard, grow huge and taste awesome. What a winning combination, especially when the other fish are quiet. Grandson TJ was over on the weekend and he got a beauty, on my red white lure, and was happy to take it back to the mainland to feed the family.

Congratulations to Jarrod who bought a Seadoo 150 Speedster, a hyper fast jet boat that looks like lots of fun. I can’t see any rod holders on it yet, but I will talk you into it eventually. Enjoy your new toy Jarrod.

Just to show that you probably shouldn’t clean fish in the deep water, a friend was telling me he was cleaning a couple of Spaniards and chucking the guts into the water, out at the mackerel patch off Maggie recently. A 2.5 meter shark launched out of the water and did  a body roll right next to the boat, scaring the heck out of him. He won’t be doing that again.
Talking sharks, I spend some time on the water this weekend around the island, and saw three shark boys loaded up. The one in Horseshoe Bay on Saturday that I trolled past had a leopard shark attached to it, swimming around the surface trying to get off. I think leopard sharks are protected, and they are harmless, so I hate seeing them in the traps.

The perfect weekend weather gave many anglers the chance to get out deep and fish the reefs. Big Trout were biting at Slashers, and very active Nannygai and Emperors in the deep water to 8kg meant a good haul for most. Willie was out with the boys and threw a handline down with small hook and sinker and hooked up to a massive Red emperor. It’s a long haul on a handline with hard fighting Emperors, and he followed it up with a second just as big.

Twitching Lures And The Moneyback Guarantee

Loads of people have been talking about this new fishing lure advertised on TV, the Twitcher Lure, which has lights, vibration, flashing, and glows. It is advertised with this UNBELIEVABLE money back guarantee, if it doesn’t catch a fish first cast. So, what’s the real deal on this lure? The first thing that makes me cranky is that it is 2 for $19,95 in USA and $49.95 for 2 in Australia. Why do we always get ripped off ? I have ordered 2 lures to try, but I hear that the guarantee has been removed in the US advertising but not here.  “ Catch a fish with your very first cast or return for your money back.” (Mind you by the time you did the postage both ways and admin fees the benefit of returning was always dubious anyway.)

I would like 3 volunteers, I have one already, 2 in a control group with standard lures, 2 with the Twitchers and you need 4 hours to spare to try 4 different locations on Maggie Island Transport and cold drinks provided. The first 3  volunteers will be accepted. Date will be provisionally Saturday 5th Feb. In the meantime check out the website https://www.globalshop.com.au/products/twitching-lure

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 your fishing, snorkelling and sports hire gear. We hire and sell fishing rods, and snorkel equipment, plus sell bait, tackle, spear fishing equipment, toys, party, pool toys, ice and convenience BIKE HIRE, SEGWAY TOURS ELECRIC BIKES AD TOURS

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What’s New On The Rock

We finally enjoyed some decent rain, nearly 90 mm for the week (at the shop), much needed and appreciated by all. Bigger rainfalls of 105mm at Picnic but slightly less at Horseshoe Bay 85mm. Have a look around, everything is green.

FNF have had a visit from a friendly Koala all last week. Sitting just across the road, low down in the tree, it has been fun showing visitors one of our main attractions.

Although the harmless Snotties (Lions Mane Jellyfish) have been thick in Horseshoe Bay, and some other island bays, the surf lifesaver drags last week produced no Irukandji or Box Jellyfish in any bay, good news indeed.

Massive tides dominated fishing last week, making fish more active both out deep and inshore. Banana Prawns congregated in and outside of the mangroves, and throwing the cast net until your arms felt like lead produced dinner for 2 (or at least a good entrée.)

I made Vietnamese rice rolls and sushi with my fresh prawns, melt in the mouth, and isn’t fresh self-caught island seafood just the best Maggie experience. I must be getting old because when I was using the dragnet prawns swam faster than I could walk with the net and swam back out right past me. (I’m sure I could see there little prawn tongues sticking out as they all escaped.) Lucky I had a cast net available.

With the tide so low Wednesday (.28) at 1am, JB did a reconnoitre of the stinger nets, with his main objective being to rescue fish before they died trapped in the empty nets. Horseshoe Bay Net was pretty empty, so the boys went to Picnic, where there was some water left. JB entered the water inside the net , and had just commenced throwing the cast net when an unknown marine animal about 1 m plus was startled by the noise and started thrashing around inside the net near his feet. JB’s feet hardly touched the water as he back pedalled to dry land. Shark or big Barra was the guess, and It could still be there.

Ray K found a new harbour fishing spot, and he has been doing great, with Jacks and Coral Trout on bait after dark.  Unfortunately Friday night he was sitting a little low on the rocks as the ferry came in. Maybe the ferry was slightly faster or maybe Ray was sitting lower than usual, but the big ferry bow wave hit the rocks high, and washed Ray’s best tackle bag straight into the harbour, gone forever. It was a more expensive night than he planned but, still great fishing. The harbour has been fishing very well, especially at night with big predators cruising along the rocks. I would say that the harbour is my location of the week with many reports of big fish caught.

I am forbidden to give a location on the next story but a local has reported a huge gathering of big Barra in a location close to shore. He plans on a revisit in Barra season and hopes they are still there. He made an unusual observation which I am throwing out there though. He was fishing night and noticed that they were attracted to his bright green lights starboard lights not the red port light. Is there an explanation to this? (feedback welcome)

Better late than never, Threadfin Salmon have arrived at WestPoint, no doubt following the prawns around the sand flats. We got 2 big ones on Friday in very close to the beach. Salmon are great fighters and in holiday season a real bonus to the WestPoint sunset experience.

Reef trips have been well worth the trip with big Trout still on the chew, as well as all the usual suspects, Sweetlip and Redthroat Emperor in abundance. Coral Trout are still hitting baits around the rock areas off the southern bay tips. (4Kg was the biggest Trout caught, a real thumper off Arthur Bay Headland.

Jellyfish Interesting Facts

Irukandji Jellyfish are named after an Indigenous Northern tribe where the jellyfish  was first identified. The venom is 100 times more deadly than a King Cobra. To prove that the Jellyfish that researcher Dr Jack Barnes found in 1961 was the cause of Irukandji syndrome he stung an adult, and a nine year old boy. (with permissions)

Lions Mane Jellyfish (snotty) can grow to 2.5 m wide 30m long and weigh up to half a tonne.

Most jellyfish eat and defecate from the same hole-

There are only about 200 species of jellyfish worldwide, because their design is so effective.

Box Jellyfish have killed at least 5568 people since being identified, and have 4 brains and 24 eyes.

This week after the rains, chase prawns, crabs, Grunter Coral Trout and Salmon

 

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 your fishing, snorkelling and sports hire gear. We hire and sell fishing rods, and snorkel equipment, plus sell bait, tackle, spear fishing equipment, toys, party, pool toys, ice and convenience BIKE HIRE, SEGWAY TOURS ELECRIC BIKES AND TOURS

Fishin’ Maggie

What’s New On The Rock

I hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas break. It was wonderful to see so many people indulging in water activities on the Island, despite the recent irresponsible, but sadly predictable Townsville Bulletin shark scare articles.
Thank you to all those people who put a comment on the Bulletins Facebook page, and contacted your local member, and other authorities.  Although they removed all the negative posts, the backlash was severe, and hopefully they’ll think twice before in doing it again.
A funny story this week, from Nelly Bay. A local woman was woken in the middle of the night by her big dog barking furiously, and she jumped out of bed to investigate. She saw two youths running out of the yard next door, obviously up to no good. She chased them down the road towards the school yelling in colourful language at the top of her voice, with the dog pulling her along. Unfortunately the mongrels got away through the school yard, but when she stopped she realised that she had been running down the road in only her knickers. The police received a call from a neighbour reporting some crazy woman screaming abuse running semi naked down the road. Our embarrassed good samaritan had to call and explain the situation. It was I’m sure a funny situation indeed, but also a warning to keep your goods, while these young thieves are active.

Drew from the Marlin Bar was spearfishing over at Orchard rocks, recently, when he shot a massive GT, which promptly took off full noise, and ripped his very expensive speargun from his hands in the process. Disappointed, Drew packed up and went home.
The next day, Carla an awesome local woman came into the store and dropped off an object that she did not recognise, stating she found it on the beach at Horseshoe Bay, and hopefully we could ID it or find the owner. I knew nothing at the time, and the whole story came out next day.
When she was working at a local shop the next day she happened to meet Drew for the first time, when he visited the shop. even though neither of them knew each other she was telling him a story of finding a strange object on the beach, and describing it, like a gun with writing on the side
Excited, Drew said, “it wasn’t a railgun with Rob Allen written on it, by any chance was it?
As luck would have it, who had never met before, had a chance conversation and an expensive Rob Allen railgun was returned to its rightful owner.
As to how the speargun started its journey at Orchard Rocks and ended up on the each on the northern end of Horseshoe bay nearly 8km away?  That will forever be a mystery, although I can tell you Drew is not complaining.
Westpoint has been absolutely chocka with hopeful afternoon anglers, doing the fishing sunset experience, although most pack up and go home just after sunset, and miss the main action. Grunter have been coming on hard later at night, usually after 7.30pm. They are big too, 4 kg plus which are good fighters and a delicious family meal. There are lots of sharks being caught in between unfortunately, although still a great fight to get them in.
Not so good for eating also are Tarpon, who have been providing some great sporting action at Horseshoe Bay, and in Nelly Bay.  I did have one visitor though, who took his Tarpon home and cooked it, and he said it was good eating. I’m not sure what he was used to eating down south, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want to try any.

With some light rain prospects this week, we are all hoping to see a big rain dump some running streams, which will help fire up fishing and crabbing, as well as get some waterfalls going.

Nelly Harbour has been holding large schools of bait, and holding on top of them are hungry Spotty and Grey Mackerel, Queenie’s and more Tarpon.  Check out my sounder images on Facebook.

The Coral Trout have been still on fire all around the Island. All bays have had quality catches of Trout 1.5-3kg.
A sign of the holiday season is usually crab pots placed in every quiet area, and all over the harbour,  and this year is no exception. The big bucks have been caught out in the Western mangroves, surprisingly some good hauls for the dry conditions. Most have been pretty full, and no complaints yet of raided pots.

Enjoy the big tides this week, lots of bait will move around so try and hit Young Bay on the high.

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.