by Jim Cole 0408 329 167 www.tincanbayboathire.com.au
Well it’s official, winter is here! With temps dropping to only two degrees this month it has been time to break out the winter woollies AKA socks with the pluggers!
Despite being a little down on numbers from last year, the Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic was, in my opinion, a roaring success.
It was a busy week with plenty of visitors in town for the school holidays as well as the annual Fishing Classic. The week has seen a number of good fish being weighed in with a few stand outs amongst them, including a cracking 9.655kg blue parrot or black spot tuskfish on Thursday night.
Whilst in true fishing comp weather we did get a few wet and windy days, we were still blessed with some glamorous conditions to the majority. This year has seen some of the best weather for the comp and as a result the quality of fish being caught has certainly been a reflection of this.
There were a number of good flathead being weighed in. There have also been a few reports of some oversized models that have had to be thrown back, including an 81cm monster taken by one local angler.
If you’re targeting flathead try working the feeder creeks and drains on the run out tide, or fish the shallows on the start of the run in. Trolling hard bodies lures is a great way to cover ground to locate the fish.
Lures such as Atomic Shiner 60, Lively Micro Mullet and Sebile Koolie Minnows at speeds around 2.5-3knots work a treat.
There was plenty of action on the beach, although there is still no sign of the big greenback tailor with the current leader only weighing 1.5kg.
There has been good dart, whiting and bream all coming off the beach, with a couple of the whiting around the 400-500g range.
On the fishing scene mid-month, there were good numbers of flathead about with areas such as Carlo, Alligator and Teebar creeks all worth a shot a couple of hours either side of the run-out tide.
If it’s whiting you’re after, try between Norman Point and Crab Creek for diver whiting with the bonus of a few squid. Or when the wind drops away try around Tinnanbar or the mouth of Kauri Creek.
Golden trevally were still being caught throughout Snapper Creek, with prawn baits and soft plastics giving the best results.
If you’re looking to wet a line, try areas such as Pelican Bay, Kauri Creek and Tinnanbar for whiting, bream and flathead. Or hit the beach north of the Rainbow Township for tailor, dart, bream and whiting.
Until next month, be safe on the water.