Winter may be over but the persistent winds from the north and west, and a few short-lived southeast changes, have left only a few windows of opportunity to fish in favourable conditions this month.
Summer whiting has been plentiful lately (particularly on the incoming of the larger high tides). Both land-based and boat anglers have caught some quality fish in the mid to high 30cm range, with one of 40cm being caught by a land-based angler walking the shallows on the incoming tide, using yabbies for bait.
Good numbers of quality fish can be caught by keen anglers at night around the full moon high tides. There have been a few flathead taken on yabbies while whiting fishing, but they seem fairly elusive to the lure fishermen lately with only the odd one being caught.
Mangrove jack are becoming more active with results on both live and flesh baits and a few on lures. Let’s hope that they will be as prolific as they were last summer when there were some great specimens caught.
Some reef areas in the bay have large numbers of undersized reef fish on them, so it can be an idea to use a hook of a slightly larger size to catch the better quality fish and therefore avoid catching the smaller ones, and not damage them while being caught and released.
The reef areas are becoming more active with a few Grass sweetlip and some legal-sized Nannygai being caught recently.
There have been large numbers of bonito and a few tuna seen recently around the Inskip to The Bluff area, feeding on small bait fish, so a well-placed cast with a small silver metal lure could result in a tug of war. Early morning when it is calm seems to be the most productive time.
Be aware of the ever-present turtles surfacing unexpectedly and the occasional slow-moving dugong. A large dugong and calf were sighted recently in the Inskip area, so keep an eye out for that big brown shape cruising along just below the surface.
It is important to be aware of the current size and bag limits as there have been some recent changes, and be sure you can identify the species caught to determine the legal size and bag limit.
As the weather warms up mud crabs should make an appearance, so be prepared and check your pots and floats markings to ensure they conform to the recent changes to the crabbing regulations.
Why not come along and meet some of the members at the Tin Can Bay Markets on the third Saturday of every month or attend a General bi-monthly Meeting at our Club House – 33 Dolphin Ave, Tin Can Bay.
Next meeting will be held at 4pm on Wednesday December 18. BYO nibbles and drinks – all members and visitors are welcome. Ph: Secretary 0437 242-171 firstname.lastname@example.org