by Jim Cole, www.tincanbayboathire.com.au, 0408 329 167
Despite the poor conditions there has still been a few boats getting out with reports of sand and mud crabs coming from the creeks such as Teebar and Carlo.
The trevally have been active in Snapper Creek. Fishing the bottom of the tide is giving the best results. Soft plastics or lightly weighed baits of prawns are working well.
Flathead are about in good numbers with a mix of both sand and dusky flathead being caught It is worth making yourself familiar with the difference between these two different species of flathead as the size limits are not the same sand/bar tail flathead have a size limit of 30cm whilst the dusky is 40cm and a max of 75cm. Berkley Gulp 4” Minnow rigged on 1/4oz TT Jig heads proving to be a popular choice.
There has been a few squid caught over the past few weeks around Norman Point with best results coming from drifting with the tide whilst continually working new ground.
Whole squid also make great live baits when fishing areas like Teebar and Seary’s ledges. A two hook snelled rig is ideal for rigging live squid this allows the top hook to be pinned in the top of the hood and gives the bait in a more natural appearance even when trolled.
Mid month, the offshore scene has been fishing well with quality spanish mackerel in good numbers. The reefs in close off Rainbow have also been fishing well for a mixed bag of squire, pearl perch, moses perch and parrot.
Beach conditions have been pretty good of late and providing a perfect opportunity to launch off the beach at Double Island giving those boaties with smaller boats a chance to hit these reefs. Schools or longtail tuna and spotty mackerel have also been working in close to the beach and within easy reach of even the most novice kayak fisho.
We have received a number of reports of a few jew being caught off the beach south of Mudlo rocks. I had a chance for a beach fish on Tuesday night which resulted in a 4.39kg Slate Bream which took a squid head rigged on a 6/0 Octopus hook. The same bait combination also resulted in a gummy shark and undersize jew. As the temperatures continue to drop we should start to see the tailor show up on the beaches again. We have a range of beach combos in store starting from $47.50 so why not drop past the store and check out our range.
A few smaller squire were present on the shallow reefs around Tin Can Bay along with a few parrot and cod, earlier last month.
Reports of quality whiting around Ida Island with live yabbies and worms working best.
Don’t forget to stop past the shop to weigh in you catch for you chance to win a $50 voucher to spend in store.
Have a great weekend and be safe on the water.