Tin Can Bay Fishing Club Report June 2020

A nice meal of fresh squid caught locally by a Tin Can Bay Fishing Club member

A nice meal of fresh squid caught locally by a Tin Can Bay Fishing Club member

The year is flowing by quickly and we are now into June when the water temperature is generally lower.

The mud crabs obviously can’t read though as there was no “r” in May. For those who don’t know, the myth is that mud crabs are not active in months without the letter “r” in them as these are the cooler months.

The mud crabs are also not observing the Coronavirus social distancing rules either as multiple crabs are congregating in the one pot.

There are also good numbers of sand crabs around at the moment but the bigger percentage seem to be undersized, so be aware of the size limit and the method of measuring as it is not the same as measuring a mud crab.

Sand crabs can be active in daylight hours so it can be worthwhile to set your pots at the start of the run-in tide and check in at high tide.

If you want a bit of fun, the tuna species are still actively feeding on bait fish in the main channels and can be caught on small metal lures cast into the feeding fish.

The reef areas and ledges in the straights have been producing lately with some good quality cod, slatey bream, sweetlip and blue tusk fish being caught by those targeting them methodically, providing you can get them past the groups of small sharks that are ever present in these areas especially around Inskip.

Fishing light gear with a decent leader and a slab of flesh or squid will result in good fun when you connect with one of these very agile little toothy critters.

Flathead numbers seem to have increased recently with a few being caught by those who put in the effort to find where they are on the day. There are a few good-sized summer whiting being caught when the numerous small bream leave the bait alone long enough for the whiting to find it. Good numbers of diver whiting are also being caught in the deeper waters.

Squid are being caught in good numbers, with a bit of hunting around to find where they are on the day and what stage of the tide they are most active. There are quite a few large tiger squid also, with only the occasional one being caught while targeting the normal species of squid as they seem to hunt in a different situation.

Tiger squid can be best found at low tide in the shallows adjacent the deeper channels by motoring along in the deeper water and looking carefully to the shallows. They can be very difficult to catch as they spook easily, so an electric motor or drifting is best, but interesting to see how many you can spot.

The Club Executive is happy to announce that the monthly and annual competitions were reinstated on May 17 and the club committee is planning to have a meeting within the next few weeks. The bi-monthly club general meetings and social gatherings will recommence as soon as restrictions allow.

The latest marine survey has been completed and the new reference points for safely crossing the Wide Bay Bar are now available to anyone by contacting Coast Guard Tin Can Bay and they will text the information to you.

For any information in relation to membership or just general information please contact the Secretary on 0437 242-171 or email  tcbfishingclub@bigpond.com