Island Life

Well Tobacco just had another one of its massive prices rises and has now reached about $2000 per kg. Roll that around in hour head, $2000 a kilo. In comparison pure silver is only $586 per kg. Most of us feel like we’ve been smoking for a week with the fires anyway.

We had some customers hire one of our RAV4’s last week. The lady rang the store just before lunch and told Janie they were at West Point and her purse had been stolen out of a locked car. (??) She asked a concerned but bewildered Janie if she should call 000. Janie advised she drive to the Picnic Bay Police station and do a report. In the afternoon when they returned Janie asked how they went with the purse. The husband gave her a bit of a serve about stupid cars with ridiculous dual glove boxes (the RAV’s have 2). Turns out the wife had deposited her purse into the top one and forgot this little bit of information. Apparently, car design is our responsibility, as is knowing where people put their belongings.

I wrote a while ago about the move to change a shoal of squid to a squad of squid. The motion to change was defeated but here’s a couple of gems you may not know.

A group of Jellyfish is called a smack. (easy to work that one out when you get hit)

Mud crabs in a group are called a cast.

Baby echidnas are called Puddles.

The changes to the fishing legislation in QLD are designed to protect fish stocks into the future. For us the main one will be the 20 fish boat limit (excluding bait fish.) With much further to go to the reef than many other locations fuel vs fish catch will be an issue. All the new rules aside, if you see the laws being broken call 1800380048 Last week an unknown yacht pulled up off Geoffrey Bay and a small tender came in. The black wetsuit clad spearo loaded his gun and jumped in. He popped a bunch of fish in front of several astonished and angry onlookers. Parks were called but had not turned up by the time the masked offender left with his booty. What gall in broad daylight, less fish in the green zone to breed and be enjoyed by all our snorkel loving visitors.

Other locally impacting changes include boat limits being no more than 2 times the personal limit of Barra and Spanish Mackerel and Tropical Rock Lobster.

The mud crabs personal limit dropping to 7 and a 14-boat limit, not really an issue on Maggie, where 4 crabs is a good haul.

I wrote a while ago about the move to change a shoal of squid to a squad of squid. The motion to change was defeated but here’s a couple of gems you may not know.

A group of Jellyfish is called a smack. (easy to work that one out when you get hit)

Mud crabs in a group are called a cast.

Baby echidnas are called Puddles.

Island Fishing

Its Tuna time in Nelly, that sweet time of year when the bait starts to thicken and the Pelagics start their arrival is nigh. Longtails are smashing the arriving anchovy schools off Nelly Bay and after that, only 6 weeks away the Grey’s should be arriving. Well done to all the anglers who followed the schools around and hooked up on the hard-fighting Tuna. Small soft plastics and 6-gram Twisties are the go, Tuna are very skittish and wary of anything that doesn’t look like an anchovy. Greys on the other hand are aggressive and will hammer noisy lures like the Qantas and Mad mullet lures. This year I plan to try another new one called drunken mullet, made by Chasebait.

The bait was congregating at 19.09.10 146.52.36 and will be moving in and out with the tides and when trying to escape the hungry Tuna jaws.

The Groyne at Nelly Bay hosted its first big fish party when up to a hundred doggie Mackerel gathered on the Friday high tide. Why were they there? Shelter, bait or staying out of the current for a while I would guess, but spectacular none the less.

Reef goers have found the fishing plentiful with reds and Trout hungry and filling eskies. Those hanging at the shoals have found the fishing difficult, with action slow and no fish to replace the beer in the eskies when finished.

Until next time gone Fishin’…. be back dark-thirty.

Cheers Dale

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