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Fly Fishing

Chasing Golden Trevalley on the Magnetic Island flats.


Enjoying one of the many beautiful beaches of Magnetic Island.

Sunday 27 July 2008

A good feed of Doggie Mackerel

With such a good forecast how could you not be out fishing today? I was keen as, but after spending $200 on fuel last weekend I didn't not really want to do another big run. So my plan was to fish close. But not being able to get the kids up out of bed and to the ramp early, I didn't feel like being a part of the madness at the ramp either! Easy solution, go in the afternoon. Worked out well in the end, bigger tide in the afternoon anyway. We hit the ramp around lunchtime just as everyone else was arriving back (including Ward). Made it easy to get a park too. We were soon off at 30knots zipping across a dead flat ocean....Fantastic.

As it was middle of the day I decided not to anchor up and burley for Mackerel. Instead I did a bit of a troll around. Managed our fist fish of the day in under 5 mins. A nice little GT. This was followed by another 3 or 4 over the next hour.

Although Tania spend most of the time watching a large group of Dugong feeding. There must have been 50 in the area.

We anchored up about 2pm and set up the burly. First fish the came into the trail was a Toadie....Eek. Things could only get better. And indeed they did. Once the burley began to work the action became quite quick. Trevalley and Mackerel were hitting the baits one after the other. And at one point we had them sitting behind the boat. Metal slices were getting a fish a cast, but mostly of the smaller variety.

Things died off as the tide slowed. And by 4.30 it was pretty dead. We had used up the block if pilchards so decided on a quick troll before heading home. As we trolled through the area we had been burleying a fish hit my lure. I kept the boat in gear to keep the tension on, and soon Tania's rod took of. Within a few minutes another pair of 60cm+ fish were in the boat.

We finished the day keeping 2 GT and 7 Mackerel over 60cm. After filleting the fish at home we put them on the scales. 5kg of boneless Mackerel fillets. For once we might actually have caught enough fish to cover the cost of fuel!

Oh, and I released a nice Golden amongst the other fish too...