Fishing Report Tin Can Bay February 2016

Tin Can Bay Boat Hire Jim ColeJim Cole
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We have had some pretty awesome conditions these holidays, with warm sunny days and only light winds.

With schools of spotty and Spanish mackerel working just beyond the bar there have been plenty of Boaties taking advantage of the great conditions to get amongst them.

Even the close-in reefs in front of Rainbow have been fishing well for sweetlip and squire, and earlier in the month, Moses perch and cod.

These reefs are easily accessible with smaller vessels launched off the beach as well as being an easy paddle for kayakers.

Over the coming weeks we should start to see a few more squire showing up around the area with spots like Seary’s ledge and the 40ft hole being worth a try. Low light periods are generally the best time to fish these areas.

Inside the bay, the mangrove Jack are being caught in some pretty reasonable numbers with fish to 50cm+ being caught over the past week.

The mackerel action isn’t just limited to the offshore scene, with areas such as Big Mick and Bluff reef also being worth a try. Floating whole pilchards, yakka’s or slimy mackerel rigged on a set of gang hooks will often produce good results.

There have been plenty of crabs about over the past few weeks. If you’re after sand crabs try around Pelican Bay and Ida Island, and for muddies try working around the mouth of the creeks such as Teebar, Carlo, Snapper and Kauri.

Keep an eye on beach conditions. If rocks are exposed at Mudlo, it is best to travel as close to low tide as possible or seek an alternative route to Double Island Point via the Freshwater track.

Until next month stay safe on the water…

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