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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 May 2009

A tour of the Bay

Fishing can be wonderful and frustrating! Today for Liam and myself frustrating. We left nice and earlt from the Pallarenda boat ramp, ideal for where we intended to go butno good for coming home, more on that later. We thought we would try the Rattlesnake Island area. The first place was the barge. We got there nice and early and found the wind and slop hopeless! We did try but no success and no real baitfish schools. Next over to Acheron Island. Again the wind gave us grief but we managed to land a cod on fly. As the wind started to slack we thought we would move over to Herald Island. This time we fished around the entire Island and Liam managed 3-4 stripeys. He missed a couple of bigger fish and I dropped a small tuna. The weather seemed to be good so over to Cordellia Rocks. Liam thought it would be a good idea to go for a swim, so he threw his rod over and went in after it, alas no camera. As nice as the weather started to become the fishing did not improve. Liam managed a couple of small cod on a metal slice and nothing else. Finally we thought we would try the barge to finish but again no luck, though the other boat caught some nice large catfish, trevally and mackerel. Not a great report but all the fish bar 2 on fly for us and Liam had his new reel blooded. The final report was a 12,10 and 9 wt used all with shooting or sinking heads. The most successful fly was a sparkle metalic look fly used over shallow water 3-5m. Finally on the boat ramp, as suspected on return we decided to move the car and pick up the boat from the main ramp in town. All went well until the trailer was backed passed the end of the ramp! Potentially a nasty stuation but thanks to some advice and sensible driving by Liam we retrieved the trailer and home we went. The silly part is we needed to put the car in 4wd so it would not slip on the ramp! Hopefully we were the only incident at the ramp. No harm done. Next week hopefully more fish.