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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 26 April 2009

Queenfish save the day

Headed out today with Ward and Liam in Wards boat. Owing to Rising Sun Marine not having my boat ready Friday afternoon I was boatless for run of magic weather. I was feeling pretty down about the whole thing, being that it was my Birthday and all. We had made plans to be out on the water with the kids Saturday and stay the night. Not easy telling a 4yo who has been waiting all week that we can't go. But Ward saved the day, for me at least.

We headed out early to try some of the new marks we picked up last weekend. On arrival the sounder lit up and we thought we would be in for a great morning. We landed a couple of Trevally, including a monster Golden, and all went quiet. We were about to go looking for another spot when a bit of breeze started to come up. This little breeze took us completely by surprise, and was soon white capping strongly. As the fishing was not looking like being stunning, Ward decided to head in. I was quickly reminded of why I went up to a bigger glass boat!

Back at the island and it calmed off a fair bit. We tried a few placed around the Island before deciding the only chance we had for any quality fish was the North Cardinal. It was now back to totally calm and we headed out.

We pulled up with another couple of boats, and were completely surrounded by bait. But we found tempting anything decent hard going. But soon Ward was hooked into something decent on his 10wt fly rod. Decent enough that we had to up anchor and chase. The fish faught high in the water, and soon a big Queenfish was jumping in the air. We boated the fish and it was smiles all round. We then spent some time finding the bait and where the big fish were sitting. Turned out to be a fair way off the cardinal. Over the next half hour or so we had a great time, all landing at least one quality fish. A couple had to be kept as the didn't swim off. The ones we kept went 5.6kg and 5.7kg cleaned.

We then had a nice clean run home. Thanks Ward for getting me on the water when things were not looking good!