Fishin’ Maggie

Local Notes

I was driving out to West Point Sunday to take an anchor out to a boat that had lost their only one onboard. As it turns out they also lost the one I gave them soon after. The issue turned out to be weak anchor rope which snapped again. As I got to the Chinaman Creek junction where the water runs deep over the road, I was flagged down by 2 girls hiking. The girls wanted me to give them a lift to the other side of the creek. Now the water was only about 40cm deep, beautiful crystal-clear fresh water. I tried to tell them it was fine, but they explained they didn’t want to get their feet wet. (I kid you not). Always helpful, I loaded these girls in the ute and drove them a whole 10 meters, through the creek, and they were so thankful it cracked me up. They were not as wary as the last backpacker hitchhiker I picked up. I offered to show him the City of Adelaide and he agreed. (I love showing off the island). I have a bush path that goes through the mangroves right next to the wreck, which, in hindsight I should have been clear about. As I was tromping through the sand and mud deep in the thick dark smelly mangroves, I realised he was dropping way behind. I looked back at him, his face was pale, and I realised he thought I was going to kill him or something. I tried to reassure him there was indeed a shipwreck, not wolf creek station. When he finally saw the wreck in front as we came out the creek bed, his relief was palpable. After putting Jedi my drone up last week for a look around the low tides, at Cockle Bay highlighting the amazing coffin pool which is cut through the seabed and corals, this produced massive feedback and a lot of questions. Why it’s there and who did it. The history of Cockle Bay is available at the museum, but I will just say the following. Cockle Bay had the main channel dug for maritime access last century and was used as a dredge dump site from 1937 until 1991. The shipping channel spoils were dumped in that area on a regular basis. The area used to be a pristine sandy beach strip with almost no mangroves. Soldier crabs were present in huge numbers. The nutrient rich spoils caused massive mangrove expansion and created the bay we have today. Where did the Soldier crabs go? Nobody knows. Also, the shark buoy issue has been discussed in depth, which has varied opinions. The shark buoys replaced shark nets, which were installed in Townsville in the 1960s. In the first year they killed 82 dugongs in our waters, and over 1000 before their removal. Their removal and replacement with drum lines has helped stop the mass species deaths of non-sharks.

Redcycle Bins

FNF has 2 awesomely painted Redcycle bins at the front of the shop for all your soft plastics to be recycled. Organised by Sara Cole, bins generously donated by Jacqueline Quenalt and beautifully decorated by some very talented island kids, the soft plastics are collected by Coles for recycling. Any soft plastic that you can scrunch in your hand can go in these bins. For a full list of what can go into these bins and what cant, please go to: https://www.redcycle.net.au/what-to-redcycle/

Island Fishing

Anglers have landed some impressive barramundi in recent days, including a 1.1m monster in the harbour, on a massive live mullet off the beach near Presto. Super keen angler Anaru popped down to his favourite local spot on late last week and managed to snare a quadruple bonanza of Barras, one off the bag limit which is a fine effort. Using live mullet Anaru used an angler’s best weapon to produce his Gold medal Barra form, patience. “The Barra came on at the same moment and there were dozens sweeping through”, said Anaru. Hooking up at least a dozen times he was happy to get the 4 fish landed in the night bedlam as the school competed to get to the carefully presented livie’s. “Once they got to the surface they start to jump and thrash around, they’re always so full of fight. It is easy to lose them but with a bit of patience you can get them to the beach. Last Thursday local boys caught two Barra just under one metre long, but I have heard rumours of one in the harbour twice dropped now pushing 1.3m. That is a monster, sighted by yachties as well. Barra love the harbours. Murky water, huge bait schools and massive structure means an ideal environment for our iconic species. James and I had a blinder on Sunday Morning with hundreds of Trevally, Tarpon and Queenies smashing vibes midway up the beach at Horseshoe Bay. Some of my cheaper lures got destroyed as the Tarpon played havoc on light gear. Those buggers are hard to hold onto for pics and are an amazing sport fish. 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 FNF Outdoor Adventure & Hire Centre/MI Rentals 36 Mandalay Ave, Nelly Bay 4778-5126 FOR ALL OF YOUR FISHING AND WATERSPORTS HIRE GEAR. We sell the BIGGEST and BEST range of fishing rods & tackle, spear fishing equipment, snorkel gear, bait, boating and automotive needs, gift & party supplies, helium balloons, pool toys & bike accessories. We also have bike hire, car hire, electric bike hire plus our HUGE lolly wall and convenience supplies. Check out Kooler 24-hour Ice 7kg $5.
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