Fishing reports for Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay

Tin Can Bay Fishing Report

By Jim Cole,

It’s been a busy start to the school holidays with plenty of visitors arriving in Tin Can Bay.  Reports have been coming in of Mangrove Jack in Carlo and Snapper creeks with night time generally producing the best results.  Large schools of Herring have shown up in Snapper Creek with the area in front of the Yacht club being a great place to throw the cast net or try jigging for them off the public jetty near the boat ramp.

Golden and giant Trevally are also being caught in Snapper Creek.  Lightly weighted prawns or live herring will usually give best results. If you are unable to get any live bait try floating a whole pilchard rigged on a set of gangs with the current.

 Try around the back of Lee’s Fisheries at the bottom of the tide or the sand flats on the western bank during the high.

Teebar Ledge is worth a try for a few Cod.  Try using live baits of herring or yellowtail pike on a lightly weighed rig.  Fish with a relatively tight drag as these guys will have you bricked in an instant if you are fishing too light.

There has been good catches of mud and sand crabs of late so don’t forget to throw in a few pots.  During holiday season make sure that you keep a close eye on your pots as there are some people who will unfortunately believe they are entitled to your catch more than you are. 

The hole behind the Rainbow Waters caravan park in Carlo Creek is always worth a try for mullet or try throwing the cast net near the moorings in the marina for a few herring.  With the bigger tides it’s worth heading further up creeks like Carlo, Teebar and Snapper in search of a few Jack or even the odd Barra.  Just remember its closed season for Barramundi so grab a quick photo and send them back.

The old jetty pylons near the barge ramp at Bullock Point holds some great structure for those wanting to chase a few bream with the added chance of a few jack and maybe even the odd school jew.

The sand/mud flats in this area also hold some good flathead and are well worth a try on soft plastics or hard bodied lures.   Summer whiting are also in reasonable numbers around Bullock Point and there are heaps of yabbies on the flats.

The newly formed sink hole at Inskip Point will also be worth a look as all the sand washing away is sure to have stirred things up a little.  Just be careful taking vehicles in this area as the ground may still be a little unstable. 

It’s holiday season and that means that Boating and Fisheries Patrol will be out in force.  Make sure you check over your safety gear that everything is within date and you have enough jackets for all passengers on board.  It’s also a great time to refresh yourself with any new or changes to the laws.  Check your crabbing gear is marked correctly and that you do not exceed four pots per person.  A few minutes online or speaking to your local tackle shop could save you big dollars.

Our new bait and tackle shop is now open at the corner of Bayside Road and Scullett Drive in Tin Can Bay.  Drop by and say hi if you’re in the area.  We are also running a fish of the month competition with the winner receiving a $50 voucher to spend in store.  This is a random comp and the fish doesn’t have to be the biggest to win! To enter all you have to do is drop by and have your fish weighed and photo taken with our weigh board.  If you do drop by and the shop is unattended feel free to give us a call as we maybe out attending to hires and won’t be too far away.

Be safe on the water and please be a little more patient at the boat ramp and if someone is taking a little too long perhaps offer to lend a hand. Happy New Year from the crew at Tin Can Bay Boat Hire.

Rainbow Beach Fishing Report

By Tony and Rosie Stewart, 54868666, Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters

This month has been fairly quiet for offshore trips.

When the weather is good we don’t seem to have the numbers and when the winds are up we have the bookings.

We started the month well but then struck two or three really tough days where a lot of reefs just shut down.

We landed some nice school Reds, Gold Spot Cod, Moses Perch, Parrot, Squire, Maori Cod and a few Cobia early this month. Lately our main catch has been Squire, with a few Pearlies, Parrot and Cod.

Hopefully the holiday season will bring a run of better weather and maybe storms staying away till end of January. Holiday bookings are very strong so if you want a trip offshore book early to avoid disappointment. Deposits are payable at time of booking.

To those who supported us once again last year, a big thank you . We hope you all had a safe and happy Christmas and wish you a prosperous New Year.


Images from Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters and Double Island Point Fishing Charters

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