A beaut 71cm Black Spot TuskFish caught and released in the Sandy Straits by Tin Can Bay Fishing Club member Ron Cox
For those of you who are venturing offshore there are still nice catches of quality reef species such as snapper, Pearl Perch, Parrot, Coral Trout, Red Emperor and mackerel.
There are still good catches of squid to be had within the Straits for those who are willing to put in the work and prepared to check out the regular hot spots, like the southern side of the entrance to Snapper Creek down to the Lady Woodward and Searys Ledge.
Inshore fishing has seen some nice Summer Whiting being caught, but generally only a handful at a time, with some nice Dusky Flathead being taken on soft plastics and live yabbies. Good numbers of Diver Whiting are still being caught in the deeper waters.
For those chasing crabs, the full moon tides have been very productive. It appears that the wet conditions are pushing the muddies out into the deeper water and away from their traditional haunts in the shallow creeks.
The annual catch limit for the East Coast Black Jewfish has been reached. Black Jewfish is a no-take species on the east coast for all fishers for the rest of the 2020 calendar year. It is time to remind everyone that there is a general possession limit of 20 per person for all species, taken in tidal waters without a prescribed possession limit (excluding some bait species).
Sand (summer), Goldenline and Northern Whiting have a 23cm min plus a combined take limit of 30 in total of these whiting species. Please be aware of individual species limits and check the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website if you do not know the prescribed possession limits.
The Club Committee is happy to remind members that the monthly and annual competitions were reinstated last month. We have resumed scheduled committee and executive meetings in order to maintain the day-to-day business of the Club.
Unfortunately our general meetings and social gatherings continue to be on hold due to the current restrictions on numbers per area and we only have one area where we gather at the club house.
We are counting on the relaxation of numbers prior to our scheduled bi-monthly general meeting in early August, so keep checking out our facebook page for the date – all visitors are welcome. Club members will be advised by email as normal.