Tin Can Bay Fishing Club Report

What a difference a month can make!  The mangrove jack that were feeding so aggressively a month ago, during that really hot weather, have become elusive now the weather and water temperature have begun to cool.

The strong winds and less-than friendly seas from the cyclone made fishing nearly impossible for more than a week giving an opportunity for a bit of boat and fishing gear maintenance. The bream, whiting and flathead have been a bit hit-and-miss lately with only occasional decent catches.

The mud crabs seem to be less active than they were but I guess that you can only catch and eat them once, and the last few months has seen exceptionally good catches, plus our holiday visitors also made a real hole in their numbers.

There are still a few early season squid around to be caught by those who are putting the time in to find where they are on the day. There have been moderate catches of reef species when the tide and wind allow fishing on the ledges and reefs.

Quite a few Nannygai are being taken on the inside reefs lately but be aware of the legal sizes and bag limits. Large schools of good size tuna have been seen actively feeding on the bait fish around the Inskip and Big Mick areas, this activity should increase as the weather cools.

There seems to be increasing numbers of turtles not only in the deeper channels but also in the creeks, so please be on the lookout while traveling as they can be difficult to see, particularly if the water is a bit choppy.

Thanks to all those who donated their time and energy for Clean Up Australia Day, especially the TCB Guides.  Well done girls.

Next General Meeting will be held at 4pm on Wednesday April 17 at our Club House, 33 Dolphin Ave, Tin Can Bay. Contact: 0437 242 171 or email:  tcbfishingclub@bigpond.com