Fishin’ Maggie

What’s New On The Rock

There have been no jelly fish in the lifesaver drags, in any dragged bays, a great year for swimming this year so far. (Not so good for stinger suit sales.) Mind you if we think we have problems with Jellyfish, check out the Japanese scourge. Nomora’s Jellyfish. They estimate 20 billion of these 90 kg 4m wide  Jellyfish are causing periodical havoc to fishing boats and the ecology. Imagine if we had thousands of them up on the beaches, tourism would be impossible.

No decent rain still and its February. Our dam is at 15 percent and even the mighty Burdekin is only 74%.

I went with a few friends to do the magical sunset fishing at WestPoint; you know BBQ snags, beer, fishing and all that great stuff that goes with it. Janie was getting slaughtered by bugs and even got bitten through her clothes by unknown but vicious blood suckers. The next day she looked like Rocky after a world title boxing match, all red patches and swollen. Funnily enough nobody else saw a bug all night. (I encourage everyone to take someone with sweet blood fishing with them, it saves the whole group.) Anyway the next day Bert from WestPoint dropped in to the store. It turns out we had left a Quantum smoke combo still plugged into the rocks with line in the water all night. Thanks for saving it and your honest Bert. Great guys out at WestPoint. Bert said there was no fish on the end of the line though.

We did our first Repo this week just like on the TV shows. (Repo Man) Matt told me there were two of our hire bikes overdue by more than 24 hours after pulling out some paperwork at the shop, and no phone call. We called the numbers on the paperwork for hours and no reply. After some great detective work and help from a local accommodation house, we tracked the offender’s holiday location down.  Wally and I went there and knocked on the door several times, but nobody was home. We found the bikes around the side, rang FNF and got the lock combination, then took our bikes and rode off down the road back to work, it was all pretty exciting. The only problem was Matt had grabbed the wrong paperwork and this couple had the bikes for another 24 hours.  When they walked to the shop they weren’t too happy. (Moral of the story- check your facts first)

In another bike incident, last week, a very large Argentinian man hired an electric bike and on the way up Horseshoe Bay Hill decided to have a look at the scenery by veering to the right where the ocean views are. Unfortunately, he forgot he still had the power on L4 and went straight over the cliff, falling about 2 1/2 m and taking bark off arms legs back and face. The embarrassed and mangled rider got up, pulled the 24kg bike back out, then rode all the way back to the store still bleeding. Janie helped mop up the blood on his arms and back and legs, after which he asked us to check the bike over so he could keep going. Damn, they build them tough in Argentina.

Fishing Maggie

The fish of the week would have to go to Toby, with a 10kg monster GT off the beach at WestPoint on 20lb line. It is always top sport fighting such a powerful fish, and off the beach can be a real challenge for the big ones because they take a lot of line and fight hard. GT’s and Queenies were the go all week on the top of the high.

It only took a little rain, and mud crabs are on the menu again, and solid they are too. Most pots that are out have finally started producing more crabs than Cod. Yep big fat Cod just love squeezing into those pots looking for whatever smelly bait you have on offer. One surprise last week was a Coral Trout caught in a pot in the harbour, now that’s a rare catch. One question asked regularly is “Can you keep fish that get caught in the pot?”   I have asked fisheries this question because the pots are targeting crabs and Cod and Bream are a regular side catch. The only answer I get is that Fisheries are not in the habit of fining crabbers who get a fish in their pots and keep them.

Spotted Mack’s of the beach at Horseshoe Bay? Yes unusual but welcome catches in an otherwise uninspiring fishing week on the Island.

I had a top little session at Cockle Bay chasing Bar Tails and small GT;s in the weed beds just past the Blue house. Cockle Bay is a haven for Fly fishing; those GT’s causing plenty of shallow water action.

Barra Season Is Here

Are you all ready?? Barra season is here, and Midday Thursday is the big day. Normally that is my one day off but in typical bad planning Janie going to visit Mikki at Nowra Navy Base Thursday for 4 days, which means I do open till close at work. When I realised the big stuff up I called them both separately and asked really nicely if I could change Janie’s travel dates. I explained “cause its Barra season opening day” I thought what would work, but they both treated me like I was nuts. Please send your disgust at her lack of support to Mikki via Facebook.

Where are the Barra? Off the points at Horseshoe Bay, Arthur Bay, and of course along the Mangroves from Bolger to Young Bay. The harbour still has a heap, in fact at least 2 massive ones are living under the Sealink Pontoon. For the smaller ones hit Ned Lees Creek and Picnic Bay.

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

Cheers Dale

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For all of your fishing and sports hire gear. We hire and sell fishing rods, plus snorkel equipment, bait, tackle, ice, spear fishing equipment, sports, party, pool toys, bike hire and new Reefboards for safe easy snorkelling. We also have car hire, E- bike hire and Segway tours, plus kids lolly wall and convenience supplies. Check out Kooler 24 hour Ice 7kg $5.

Fishin’ Maggie

What’s New On The Rock

My new fishing toy “Zombaits” have arrived from the US, and they really look the goods.  However everyone I showed couldn’t help smiling when I turned one on to show them how they work, they just don’t look right wiggling away without a dead fish around them. Next week if I can get any of my stupid boats going,  I’ll give them a burl and see what happens when I drop them out at the shipping channel. At $70 each there will be heavy wire on them.

More stock of the Chaserbait “Ultimate Squid” have arrived, they really look the goods. I gave a tester pack to Josh, and he’s going to drop some out at Chicken Reef and see if they perform as promised.

I ordered the micro Penn rigs for the 1lb invitational challenge, to be held on the jetty in late March. 10 Anglers working super light gear trying to land the biggest fish on only 1 lb line. That’s going to test the super anglers skills somewhat. Winner will get the best light angler award Magnetic Island. I will have more information about this fun event very soon.

I have a mate who professes to be a great angler. Last week he was out with some young anglers, new to NQ fishing. As luck would have it a huge Spaniard hooked the big 50lb overhead, just off Orchard Rocks and the braid started peeling off, ratchet clacking full noise. One of the young fella’s was right on to it, he jumped straight on the rig and started fighting the whopper Spanny, which was easily 20kg plus. As you imaging the fish was taking a while coming in, and my mate was getting a bit impatient. Being a man of vast experience he stepped forward and pushed the drag lever higher, explaining to the novice that doing that would help get the fish in faster. As he did the line snapped at the leader and the fish escaped. I can only imagine the pain they both felt at this moment. Moral of the story, if someone is doing just fine on their own, don’t intervene.

Cleveland Bay water temperatures have hit 30 degrees for the first time this year, that’s bath tub stuff. That pushes a lot of fish out deeper and makes Horseshoe Bay enter its quiet times, really hard fishing. Now is the time to work the points and the deeper waters. I like Fish Cove, deeper clearer waters and big Trout and Stripey’s.

Whale sharks are around again. I haven’t seen them out here for years; the last time was out at Arab reef with Adam at night. Whale sharks are filter feeders, so that should mean healthy plankton and krill levels somewhere near here, great to see. We were keen to swim with the one that hung around our boat, but not one of us was was game to leap in the water at night, we were all too chicken. When you fish out deep you know how big the sharks are.

Fishing Maggie by Land

While the Flathead have gone deep, the Queenies have come in closer to the beach. One thing about feeding Queenies, they will sweep right into the shallows near your feet chasing bait. Last week one supercharged queenie scared a big prawn right out of the water next to my feet. I tried to grab it as it frantically tried to get back to the water and just grabbed it in time. On the hook and in the water and bang, a Queenie was on. I was kind of hoping for a Grunter but it was something. Live prawns are top bait and rarely stay long on the hook. The prawn was a good size; try a cast net on the high tide to get some dinner. I use a milk crate and a cast net and stand in the shallows on the outgoing tide.

With the main catch Queenies and Trevally off the shore, small chromies and poppers are working well. For bait fisherman fillet of gar on light line with 20lb leader and 2 x size 1 sinkers is all you need, along with patience.

Fishing Maggie by Boat

JH hooked up on a massive 500lb plus Black Marlin off Myrmidon on the deep water on 30lb gear. That’s a big fish. He also reported plentiful Yellowfin and Mahi Mahi in the clear waters in the area. There is also a wonderful lagoon for swimming safely 70 nm out to sea. If you haven’t done a big trip out deep, put it on your bucket list, it’s just incredible out deep.  I’ve been out in several styles, the first in a large A/C game boat trolling all the way. Upon arrival we did some loops around Myrmidon and trolled back in, watching TV and having a cold beer from the fridge. The other trips, in smaller boats on small hot decks with sweaty anglers and beer in eskies and I definitely prefer the latter.

The Spaniards should be out deeper but some nice fish have been caught off Barber Island and through the Palm channel where the bait is still thick and close to shore.

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

Cheers Dale

Fish’n N Fuel’n Sports and Tackle

36 Mandalay Ave, Nelly Bay 4778-5126

For all of your fishing and sports hire gear. We hire and sell fishing rods, plus snorkel equipment, bait, tackle, ice, spear fishing equipment, sports, party, pool toys, bike hire and new Reefboards for safe easy snorkelling. We also have car hire, E- bike hire and Segway tours. Plus lolly wall and convenience supplies. Check out Kooler 24 hour Ice 7kg $5.