Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening On Maggie

What happens if you leave your trailer brakes on and drive for 2 km? Should you drive your boat into the water while the pads are red hot? Luckily for 2 visitors Sunday they noticed before driving down the ramp, and waited patiently for them to cool. They told me while they were waiting a boat was brought in by coastguard back to the Nelly Bay boat ramp, and pulled out onto its trailer. Its problem, a hole, the boat was taking water fast. The anglers were pretty shaken up, I don’t think they thought they would make it back. Everyone always has a story and a close shave when fishing. One visitor told me he hooked a Herring looking thing, big teeth. I said Wolf Herring? He said yep that’s the one, off Horseshoe Bay. One treble went through the fish and the other through my hand, off to the Dr’s it was.

Speaking of boating mishaps, I must tell a personal one. On a recent fishing trip, some friends and I were spending the night in the boat at the cape. Tucked right in close we had a fun night catching Gar and chatting till about 1am, then thought we better get some ZZZZ’s before heading out in the early am. Getting a close comfy position in the shallow waters we dropped the anchor and went for a brief slumber. About 2am I awoke and thought the wind had turned as the hull was slapping a lot more than prior. Back to sleep.  2.30 am I woke up with the urgent need to relieve myself. As I stood in the stern looking out to the Cape doing the deed I saw all the lights and stars had moved, nothing was where it should be. I called to my mate, “Hey buddy wake up I think we are dragging anchor”. As it turns out we hadn’t dragged anchor, when we had dropped the pick it caught up and the chain and rope all made the right noise but the anchor was still securely housed and dry as a bone We had drifted more than 2km back towards Maggie. I reckon that by morning we might have almost been back at Nelly Bay, crazy stuff.

Kayakers and boaties got a thrill as 3 pods of whales ventured inside Horseshoe bay for a leisurely reconnoitre, that’s very shallow waters for these big Humpbacks. From what Im told by those who were close, they look pretty damn big next to a Jetski or kayak.

A terrified Koala was rescued after venturing too close to Base during the full moon party. The petrified marsupial was gripping for dear life halfway up a tree, and was gently helped to a safer quieter location by the staff at X Base, well done. ( FYI koala is the aboriginal word

Fishing Maggie

Those Barra keep chewing, at Horseshoe Bay and even off the Picnic jetty. A 70 cm off the jetty is always a great catch, but 4 cracking Barra in a week? That’s exceptional Barra catches at this time of the year in the cool waters. The luckiest was a visito who hoog a big Barra and got it to the the surface but had no Gaff. Fortunately Will T was walking the jetty with his grandkids and a Gaff and got the fish up the ladder for the guy. The visitor was appreciative and Will got a fresh Barra Fillet for his trouble.

The local reef boats cleaned up all bagging out on Coral Trout Big fat Trout. Brewer although heavily fished is holding good Trout numbers, although a little deeper out. JM took some time off the busy charters to fill his freezer.

Horseshoe Bay has seen a run of Golden Trevally in the southern shallow waters near the wed beds. They are great fun on small poppers and only in the bay for a short time.

If you like NQ Whiting fishing check out the new range of Maggie Island Whiting rigs made right here at FNF. Take them down to the bridge at Nelly and you will clean up.

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

Cheers Dale

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What’s Happening Around The Rock

Pods of Humpback Whales slowed the Ferries several times last week as they frolicked in the bay close to Rocky Bay and over near the shipping channel drop-off. With 2017 set to be a bumper year for these magnificent creatures, Cleveland Bay should attract lots of visitors. (Last year we had a Humpback mother and calf, who spent 3 weeks here in our bay, and watching the baby learn was incredible)

Peter from Adrenalin Jet ski was telling me about the Massive Flatback Turtles swimming recently off Horseshoe Bay. Flatback’s are endangered in QLD and we love seeing them cruising around Maggie. We are privileged in Cleveland Bay to have Flatback’s, Greens some Loggerheads, and an occasional Leatherback, that’s 4 of the 6 turtle species found in QLD.

Uploading this week to my fishingmaggie website is the yearly fish calendar, the seasonal guide fishing the waters around the Island and offshore. Please feel free to input, I’m happy to be proved wrong. The guide is compiled from 20 years of information, anglers, articles, and personal experience.

The subject of fishing licences comes up every day in the shop in holiday season; southerners are astounded that we in QLD don’t have one. I’m still in favour of a Maggie Island fishing licence, proceeds to be used to improve fishing facilities, and jetty fishing infrastructure.

Sunday saw 2 mega yachts visit Horseshoe Bay, my favourite was the 163 foot pursuit with helicopter and tenders ranging to 35 feet long. All that for only 12 lucky guests. It did have outriggers but Im not sure why with a beam like that.

The Ports upgrade is still in its final consultation phases. One of the local raised included location of water quality testing stations. The ideal would be to have measuring sensors in our critical areas like Geoffrey and Florence Bay’s to measure any impacts.

I was reading a New Scientist article about a parasite Fluke that controls fish while living inside fish the eyeball. This unique parasite breeds inside birds guts, then the juveniles expel themselves in bird facies to the ocean, find a water snail to grow up inside. They then move into a fish for its maturing stage. Then the eye Fluke (Diplostomum pseudospathaceum) needs to get back into a bird to breed. Studies show when the Fluke is mature and ready the fish is more active ( visible to birds) and moves to the surface of the water, so birds can see it better and eat it. The cycle starts again. Crazy Nature

About Fishing

That Herring school keeps increasing in size at Picnic Bay. The big adult Greenback Herring are so numerous that the bulk of them can’t fit under the Jetty anymore and the school is hanging out all sides of the pylons. On the Jetty the Queenie of the week to Brad with a 1.15m monster at crack of dawn, great seeing the big girl leaping the height of the tinny anchored nearby fishing. It must have given them quite a start, and maybe a bit disappointing when they realised it wasn’t on their lines. Lou was a winner with a 22kg Spaniard, the biggest off the jetty. Other Spaniards were caught in the 8-15kg range along with GT’s and a host of other predators. Picnic Bay is still the place to fish.

Here is a story from a visitor from Bendigo who had an evening fish at WestPoint last week. The family was fishing in the northern end after dark, near the rocks. MB was standing knee deep in the water when his line took off, frantic headshakes on the line indicating a good size fish. After about 5 minutes he was winning the battle and the fish was almost landed, when a huge commotion caused his startled daughter to turn the torch on to see what was happening. A large and very hungry bull shark was in the shallow water, and had just eaten the luckless fish on his line and was leaving the scene. My source told me the shark was less than 3 m from his legs and that after that he pulled stumps and went home. Would you?

The Barra are in the harbour again, taking Herring and Mullet near the harbour entrance. The water must be a bit warmer over there, keeping the fish active. All in the 60-70 cm range there is a few of them.


Fishing This Week

Horseshoe Bay- Trevally and small Queenies off the beach, silver strip flesh or silver Twisty lures.

Nelly Bay- Barra and Mangrove Jack. – Live Hardyhead, Herring and Mullet or vibes.

Picnic Bay- Queenies, Spaniards, Trevally, Cobia- Live Herring Spoons and jigs.

WestPoint- Grunter and Blue Salmon Peeled Prawns Squid and Gulp soft plastics.

Rocky Bay- Whiting- Yabby (Young Bay) small prawn and gulp sandworm.

Picnic Bay Beach- Flathead Whiting Trevally As above

Nelly Bay Rock walls – Coral Trout Cod Stripey Tuskies- Pillie, prawn, Popper and shallow divers.


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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