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Fly Fishing

Chasing Golden Trevalley on the Magnetic Island flats.


Enjoying one of the many beautiful beaches of Magnetic Island.

Saturday 23 August 2008

Whales on a fly in Cleveland Bay

An interesting day. After reading the weather report we decided not to go out Saturday morning. When I woke the wind was up so a good choice, plus I wanted to look at a new car to replace the Disco. After having a look for a car I was driving home and Liam suggested we try a freshwater fish. The idea seemed Ok so off we went. We got to the front of Pallarenda and there was no wind! So a quick change of mind and out we went in the boat.
A strange thing happened as we travelled to Magnetic Island. We spotted a pair of whales! A great way to start. In the background you can see Townsville.
We then drifted past the whales with the motor off and we then moved over to Middle Reef. We had a fish but no touches so over to the wreck on Magnetic Island.

When we arrived it looked a little low but we had a couple of casts and managed to pick up a couple of barracuda and a trevelly.
We decided to anchor and have a proper fish but as it happens we did not land any more. The fly that worked was a sparkle flash clouser with a white deer hair tail. The interesting thing with fly fishing even after catching largish fish, it is still nice to catch smaller fish, you can have just as much fun.

I was told to have photos with people in but I am not sure that needs to be me! That hats a beauty!

All the same for a potential no fish day it turned out well. An interesting thing happened on the way home, we found the whales! Nice finish, also thanks to the guys that helped me put the boat back on the trailer. The tide was out a little and the ramp did not have enough angle. Thanks again guys!