Bait to Plate

Kev Collins

Well known Restauranter and co-owner of Fish D'vine & The Rum Bar in Airlie Beach. When Kev's not working he's out fishing in the amazing food bowl of the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park or in his tinnie in the estuaries crabbing! His blog imparts wisdom, tales and info on all things fishing and food.

"Shaggers" next week

Not much on the fishing front of late as we work through the busiest and best time of the year in the Whitsundays. Reef festival, Airlie Beach race week, Hamilton Island race Week, Fun race, Shaggers and peak wedding season it is just a 2 month long party and very much work time. The Shag Island Cruising Yacht club rendezvous (shaggers) is held each year at Monties on the northern end of the Whitsundays and will attract some 200 plus vessels for a week-long festival of fun, culminating in a huge “parrot head party” (google it if you must) with fireworks and all the trimmings. SICYC also has a critical and serious role to play raising many 10’s of 1000’s of dollars each year for the Prostate cancer foundation and our company is proud to have supported it with a $5,000 donation this year. We are planning to attend Shaggers for a couple of nights again this year and also planning to spend Sunday and Sunday night checking out a little seldom visited creek in Sinclair Bay. Barra, Jacks, Fingermark and Whiting are all on the target list and maybe a feed of muddies as well. It might just be a great alternative to my favourite Hill Inlet anchorage so I will do a post and trip report when I’m back. In the mean time I have posted a picture of a GT caught last week only one of only 2 days fishing so far for the month of August. A beast of a thing and let go after the photo to monster someone else. Too busy but not complaining….I could be working in a city.