Tin Can Bay Fishing Club members, Harry Duncan and Paul Morehouse, cook up a feast of fish Image Jess Milne
We are a very social club and get together often, where everyone has a great time making new friends, enjoying fishing, sharing different techniques, finding the best spots for the many different species of fish in the Bay, gaining and sharing knowledge on the best rigs to use and learning the best times and tides.
Catches in January will depend upon prior weather conditions and rainfall, as these will dictate water temperatures.
Lately, water temperatures inside have ranged between 19 and 26 degrees with the lower temperature waters producing better catches.
Recent catches of both diver and summer whiting in good numbers are being reported on the flats and some as deep as 8m. Bream and flathead are also being reported, mainly at night, with mangrove jack starting to come on. Trevally are also being caught in the Inlet.
Try surface lures or yabbies on the flats and near the edges with traditional baits and plastics in deeper waters. Good hauls of snapper are still being produced out wide, plus squire and chopper tailor in smaller numbers being caught off the beaches around Inskip Point.
Club fishing days include boat-based fishing within the bay, beach fishing at Rainbow Beach, Inskip Point and outside day trips. Some of our trips away include stays at Borumba and Boondooma Dam where members catch bass, yellow belly, saratoga and red claw.
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 4pm on the second Wednesday of the month at our Club House – 33 Dolphin Ave, Tin Can Bay.
Next meeting will be held on Wednesday February 12, BYO nibbles and drinks, and all members and visitors are welcome. Phone the secretary on 0437 242-171.
Members wish to thank the Gympie Regional Council and Mayor Mick Curran, Queensland Government Mr Tony Perrett MP, and Federal Member for Wide Bay, Mr Llew O’Brien MP, plus local sponsors and the local community for their ongoing support and assistance throughout 2018 and we take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy and safe 2019.