Fishin’ Maggie

WHat’s Happening On Maggie

Most boat trips and tours are having whale encounters as the middle pack of Humpbacks swim past the Cape. Concerning is the increase in boat strikes with so many whales in the water. Keep a sharp eye out.

I noticed Sunday that there are now 50 plus big boats moored in Horseshoe Bay and I’m guessing it is probably the build-up for the Race Week The yacht build-up should continue with only 2 weeks to go to the big 1 week event.

Pebbles is back for a visit, nice to see her back on the jetty doing what she loves, fishing. Peb’s like to target Coral Trout and squid and didn’t disappoint this trip. Check out the size of the squid pictured. Nice Calamari dinner Pebbles, (and she knows about marinading in Kiwi fruit vs milk too).

A Salmon, and a big one at that, was landed by Mr Edes, a resident at WestPoint. The Salmon should be gone (and it has been a lean year overall on Maggie for these hard fighting fish.) Mr Edes is a top bloke who combines his morning walk with a beach clean-up, tidying up after those that can’t do the right thing at one of our best beaches. Cracking fish mate.

This weekend is the big annual Game fishing Competition, 3 days of outstanding fun chasing Billies. I’m going to be away, and I’m devastated to miss it as last year was such fun. Apart from the great fishing the functions are top notch, and a highlight was a fully catered BBQ on the spit down at the bottom of the Cape. It doesn’t get better than that.

With the weekend fast approaching, it’s looking like it’s going to be a cracker, with fair boating conditions forecast for the area.
For the reef boats the fishing out deep has been tops, with a lot of big Nannygai, Jobfish and Spaniards, in close to the main reefs. They have produced good numbers of coral trout, red throat Sweetlip, parrot and those big hussar (sold as Mixed reef).

The Maggie coastline still has plenty of mackerel and some long tail tuna moving along it. Check out between Orchard Rocks and the point for big bait schools with Mack’s.
Dave has joined the Coral Trot Club, with a beauty off the breakwall. That breakwall is real gem on sunset, floating pillies over the bommies.

Crazy Fishing Patents

If you just hate the tiring job of hauling your catch out of the water every time you hook a fish? Well, with the Flying Fish gadget, patented in 1972, you’ll never have to worry about sore muscles again. The inventor created this unusual device so you could sit on your lazy butt all day long. Here’s how it works.

A large partially inflated balloon floats on the water’s surface above your baited hook. When a fish hooks up, you just press a button on your fishing rod and the balloon instantly fills with more helium and, hopefully, hooks your fish. You will watch in awe as your finny friend is pulled effortlessly out of the water and suspended in mid-air. You just sit back and comfortably reel in your catch – OUT OF THE AIR! Imagine at the reef. That big red emperor hooks up; it’s at 220 feet, that’s a tiring retrieve. Hit the inflate button and the balloon goes up and your fish is yanked 220 feet up no effort. Where’s the fun?

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

Fish’n N Fuel’n

36 Mandalay Ave, Nelly Bay 4778-5126

Fishin’ Maggie

What’s Happening Locally

Another distressing dog attack on a Koala, this time in Horseshoe Bay last week. The Koala was with baby and walking along a fence when a yarded dog jumped and pulled it down into the yard, mauling the poor creature. The area is one of the most popular places to see Koalas day in day out and a stable population. Mother is currently under vet care and hopefully both may survive. Koalas are iconic on Maggie and it is always distressing to see attacks like recent ones. We are however lucky though to have the wonderful wildlife vet care of AB who does great work with injured wildlife.

I heard a wild rumour that the Picnic Bay Boat ramp is earmarked for removal. Can I get this one checked? The boat ramp has been there for many years and is a great launching spot in bad Southerlies and Easterlies for those trips around the Mangroves. I know there are those who want it gone for beach erosion issues but with HB ramp being such a tricky one I would hate to lose Picnic ramp.

At the big Gala School event we hosted over 40 kids on Segway rides in one night for school fundraising, all the kids had a ball. On the night I was chatting to a guy about how good they were, and recounted a story or 2 which I decided to put in print here.

Last week I was gliding (that’s Segway speak) down Mandalay Ave to the QCCU when I saw a broken down car, (that’s island speak for out of fuel) being pushed up to FNF. They were doing it tough and I thought I had better help. Well I didn’t want to leave an $11k Segway in the middle of nowhere so I wondered if I could seg push the car.  I casually glided on the Segway up to the rear of the car, rested a hand on the tailgate, and leant the Segway forward for maximum grunt. Well crazily enough it worked and the car started moving much faster, they guys had tyo start jogging to keep up. I must have looked like a lazy bugger, (overweight superhero?) as I pushed the car with one hand up to the servo, but it looked pretty cool.

The other recent experience was about a possible thief in store. There was a youngster being a bit sus in the shop but I couldn’t see if he had stolen, without going back on the cameras. As he walked off up the road I followed him so I could find out where he lived, watch the playback, and if he stole I would have an address for the cops. What’s the quickest was to follow someone? Why on a Segway of course. So here’s me on a Segway sliding behind trees, gliding along in the long grass and quietly following this guy without being noticed (except by every car going past). After I found his address, I went back supremely confident and he hadn’t stolen anything. Whoops. I did learn that Segways are great for stealthy stalking.

Congratulations to the winner of those huge Crays caught by Wade for the fundraising raffle at the School Gala Friday. These Nelly Bay tasty Lobsters were won by Leonie Gibson, lucky lady and Wade raised over $500.

About Fishing

I don’t generally target Flathead around Maggie because down south , that about all you can catch is flathead and Whiting and we have so much more to offer. However as the Flathead have moved back in to the shallows, and other species are quieter, it’s a good time to check out different Lures on Flatties. Cockle Bay on Sunday, James and I went out with intent to find a big flathead and the magical and picture perfect Cockle Bay didn’t disappoint. Using a small Ballista Lure from FNF James hooked up an absolute stonker 70 cm female Dusky, while I filmed. It is very risky to pull in big Flatties on small trebles too fast, their hard mouths don’t set the hooks and they get off. James made himself comfortable on a rock and started careful and slow retrieve, pulling in the big girl without issue, where we photographed and carefully released almost immediately. With so many smaller Duskies hanging around all the sandflats it was on the cards the bigger lizards would follow the Hardyhead Schools on the run-off tide. (That blue and silver ballista is a beautiful little lure.)

I’ve had a few queries about the rules of collecting oysters on Magnetic Island, so here are the regulations.

“You may not remove oysters and take them home. You may only consume oysters on the spot when you collect them. If they are attached to any mangroves you must not damage the mangroves in removing the oysters.” Pregnant Women, children, and the elderly are advised never to consume raw oysters. Some are safe and some can be contaminated.

If you are targeting those tasty local Coral Trout, they are definitely on the chew. Local boats were bagging out on the calm days last week with hauls of 1.5-2kg fish common. Mixing up the bag were big Lipper’s, Nannygai and Red throat.  Most boat crews were stoked with the results, including some of those bigger Spaniards that we wait all year for 20kg plus. All the reefs are firing well. I had one of the biggest Bluefin Tunas on for over 15 minutes off the Shoals before he wore the gear out and won his freedom. They are such tough fish to fight and at over 35 kg (est) I reckon the only reason we got him to the boat once was that he wanted to check us out. I was devastated and lost my brand new Zerek Bluewater, first time out of the packet.

Location a secret but one angler hooked up to 7 Barra last week in a single night session on those big PM tides. More next week.

 

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

Fish’n N Fuel’n

36 Mandalay Ave, Nelly Bay 4778-5126