What better way to unwind… then to wet a line?

Michelle with her birthday present, a nice Snapper - photo from Double Island Point Fishing Charters

Michelle with her birthday present,
a nice Snapper – photo from Double Island Point
Fishing Charters

Fishing report – Tin Can Bay by Jim Cole www.tincanbayboathire.com.au 0408 329 167

School holidays are here again, and judging by the bookings it is looking like it is going to be busy this year. The boat ramp upgrades at Norman Point are complete and the floating pontoon has been opened for use whilst they put the finishing touches to the southern ramp.

These upgrades have caused a bit of a stir with many locals unhappy with the restricted access to the beach on the northern side of the ramp, although I am sure we can all agree though that these upgrades have been long overdue.

The fishing scene has been a quieter mid month, with only a handful of reports of the bread and butter species such as whiting and flathead. Some good size tailor are about in Snapper Creek at present. Whilst dusk and dawn are the best time for tailor try working hard bodied lures around the moored trawlers during the day.

The near perfect conditions earlier in the month brought a heap of boat traffic on the bay. The neap tides saw areas such as Bluff reef and Big Mick well patronised by those in search of a few reefies and the odd pelagic. Catches of Moses perch, parrot, blackall and sweetlip were common.

Some good whiting were about around Ida Island to Norman Point with several nice summer whiting around the 30cm mark. Live yabbies, squid and worms are reported to be providing the best results whilst drifting with the tide.

The offshore scene was also firing well with a number of great snapper being caught along with a few cobia and amberjack.

The warmer weather this winter didn’t seem to slow the crabbing scene too much and as the water temperature continues to increase we should again see an increase in catches. The odd report of mangrove jack and barramundi are filtering through and will continue to increase as the water temperature rises. If you’re planning to head out for a Jack session creeks such as Carlo and Teebar will be worth a try.

Don’t forget to get your entries in for the fish of the month competition this month for your chance to win $50 to spend in store.

Have a great month and be safe on the water.

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