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Fly Fishing

Chasing Golden Trevalley on the Magnetic Island flats.


Enjoying one of the many beautiful beaches of Magnetic Island.

Wednesday 5 August 2009

Lucinda Queenies

Spent the weekend at Lucinda and can confirm that the wind was strong enough to blow the suncream off your face. We certainly didn’t get to experience any of the pond-like conditions further up the Channel as seen in Ward’s post below, but luckily we got some breaks in the weather and managed a few short runs to the end of the sugar loader to terrorise the queenies.

Onto the fishing. Run-out tide fished better than the run-in and the queenies certainly chewed much harder when the wind was blowing from the east. A noticeable slow-down in activity was experienced when the wind swung to the south-east and the afternoon session was far better than the morning. The queenies were hanging close to the structure making them a bit hard to extract for new players. There is nothing like getting smashed by a meter plus queenie on a lure, with the best performers the 45g Bumpa Bar, the 40g Sea Rock and the Maribou feather jig. Keeping constant pressure on these aerial speedsters once hooked and using side pressure to steer them is critical if you want to land big queenies in rough country. Given the lack of baitschools around the jetty and the empty stomach contents of the fish kept, I was surprised that we had to work so hard to entice them into a strike. That’s fishing!

All in all some adrenalin pumping fishing action that leaves you wanting to go back for more – truly a lure fisherman’s dream. Congratulations Steve on your first Queenie!