Fishing Reports

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 07/08/2014

August is well underway which can only mean the westerlies won’t be too far away.  This generally means relatively calm conditions in close providing ideal conditions for small vessels to launch off the beach at Rainbow & hit the close reefs in search for a few hungry Snapper.

Conditions over the past week have been a little average with very little fishing activity in the bay & offshore.  Looking at the forecast for the weekend it is looking pretty much the same with a small window of opportunity early Saturday morning to sneak out for a quick session before the winds pick up around mid morning.  Sunday is looking to be the pick of the days although current forecast is tipping the wind to pick up around lunchtime to just shy of 10 knots before dropping away again late afternoon.

Best advice for the smaller vessels will be to stick to the sheltered areas & creeks such as Snapper & Kauri.

We have had a couple of reports that schools of golden trevally have been working along the drop offs in Snapper Creek so make sure to keep an eye out.   These guys can be great fun on light tackle.

The Norman Point boat ramp upgrades are well underway & are expected to last a few more weeks yet so make sure you plan your trip allowing for a little extra time at the ramp when both launching & retrieving your vessel.

Don’t forget to get your entry in for our Fish of the Month Competition just by weighing in your catch you can go in the draw to win a $50 voucher to use in store.  For more information drop past the store located at 6/6 Scullett Drive Tin Can Bay near Mitre 10 or check out our facebook page www.facebook.com/TinCanBayBoatHire

Have a great weekend.

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 24/07/2014

As the weekend approaches yet again now is the time to start focusing on the important stuff like fishing.  The current forecast is looking pretty good with light wind & only a chance of possible showers so there is no reason to not hit the water for a bit of well-deserved R&R this weekend.

Over the last week we have seen catches of the usual suspects being flathead, bream, whiting & squid.

Diver whiting & squid are coming from in front of Tin Can Bay whilst the bream & flathead have been active in the creeks such as Carlo, Snapper & Teebar.

Saturday morning is looks to be the pick of the days with light winds in the morning before increasing early afternoon to 5-10 knots.  With high tides occurring around mid-morning it will be worth a try fishing the shallow reefs around Tin Can Bay for squire around first light or venturing up the creeks in search of a feed of flathead.

With the re-vamp of the boat ramp at Norman Point now underway expect a few delays with one lane of the ramp being closed & access to the beach on the northern side of the ramp is restricted.  Best to plan your trip so that you are not hitting the ramp around peak times where possible.

The short term inconvenience of these works will be greatly outweighed by the benefits we will see to the improvements that will be made to these facilities.  Over the course of the works there will be some temporary closures of the ramp.  Keep an eye on our Facebook page as we will do our best to provide regular updates of when to expect these closures so you can plan around them.

This weekend is your last chance to get in our Fish of the Month draw for July so make sure you stop by & weigh in your catch for a chance to win a $50 voucher to spend in store.

Have a great weekend & be safe on the water.

Fishing report Tin Can Bay 17/07/2014

The Rainbow Beach Fishing Classic has finished for another year & with perfect conditions over the last few days of the comp the final night saw some spectacular fish being weighed in. 

As the school holidays have wrapped up & the crowds are slowly dispersing home we have been treated with some relatively good weather.  Unfortunately the forecast for the weekend isn’t looking to crash hot with winds expected to reach 25+knots inside the bay on Friday before a cool change seeing the mercury drop to 2 degrees on Saturday morning & 10-15 knot winds from the SW should only see the diehard fisherman hitting the water whilst others will being seeking shelter from the wind up the creeks chasing bream & flathead.

For those after a few tailor the northern side of Double Island Point should provide some protection from the wind & with the early morning low tides beach conditions should be ideal.

There has been some quality squid being caught around Ida Island along with solid whiting & flathead although with the current forecast it looks like Tuesday & Wednesday will be your best option.

 With the month more than half over you still have plenty of time to enter our fish of the month competition with the winner receiving a $50 voucher to use in store.  For more information drop past the store located at 6/6 Scullett Drive Tin Can Bay near Mitre 10 or check out our facebook page www.facebook.com/TinCanBayBoatHire

Have a great weekend.

Fishing report Tin Can Bay 03/07/2014  

It is been fantastic weather for the start of the school holidays & there has been plenty of boat traffic about in the bay.  There has been good catches of squid & whiting in front of Tin Can Bay with best results coming from those who are drifting with the current.

With the 2014 Mitsubishi Motors Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic kicking off tonight it looks as if the run of good weather will continue & should hopefully see plenty of good quality fish weighed in during the 8 days.  With a major prize of $10,000 cash what more incentive do you need to sign up?

The recent cold snap should see the more quality snapper come on the bite.  If fishing inside the bay try working the shallow reefs around first light or around dusk.  Lightly weighted pilchards rigged on 3/0 or 4/0 gangs is a productive method for chasing the squire/snapper on the shallow reefs around TCB.  Whole baits of fresh squid or cuttlefish heads also works well.  Establishing a good berely trail is also key to not only attracting the fish to your boat but also keeping them there.   Try using old bait minced up & mixed with chicken pellets & tuna.  Then spoon out about a cup or so every few minutes to get the fish to the boat once there you can leave it a little longer between scoops but don’t leave it too long otherwise the fish will disperse .

The tailor have started showing up on the beach’s around Rainbow & being a target species for the fishing comp will see the beach well patronized.  If you’re after quality whiting try working the sand flats around Ida Island using worms or live yabbies for bait. 

Flathead are being caught in good numbers with the better quality fish being taken further up the straits so if you’re seeking a quality fish be prepared to travel a little further.  Make sure when handling any of the larger fish if you intend on returning to the water that you do not lift by the head only & that you support the belly of the fish.  For trolling try using hard bodies lures such as Lively Micro Mullet or Sebile Koolie Minnows.  Soft plastics are also a good option with Berkley gulp 4” minnow’s being a personal favorite. 

Make sure if you are fishing the comp that you familiarize yourself with the rules.  We will be there again this year so make sure to say hi if you see any of the Tin Can Bay Boat Hire crew.  Have a great weekend & be safe on the water.

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 26/06/2014

School holidays are upon us & the weather couldn’t look better.  The recent  cold snap should hopefully bring the bigger snapper on the bite just in time for the 2014 Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic held from July 4th to the 12th.

In the bay there has been good numbers of squid & cuttlefish being caught around the Lady Woodward ferry.  Small parrot as well as squire are also being caught in this area.

Diver whiting are about in reasonable numbers with the better catches coming from the deeper water.  For best results it is worth mixing up a berley of chicken pellets & tuna oil.  This will help bring the fish to the boat as well as hold the school close by.

It is worth trying for flathead in the creeks & around the flats about 2 hours either side of the low tide.  Look for channels/drains where the water is running off the sand flats on the run out tide.  These will be the areas where the flathead will be lurking.

Longtail tuna are being caught around Inskip Point & just beyond the surf break at Rainbow.

Schools of trevally have been spotted feeding on surface in Snapper creek in the early mornings.  First light before the boat traffic increases is the best time to target these fish using surface lures. 

The Australian Fishing Trade Association trade show is being held this weekend so expect to hear about some of the latest innovations & products soon to be released over the coming weeks.

This is the last weekend for the month so make sure you get your entries in for our Fish of the Month Competition just drop by the store & weigh in your catch best of all it doesn’t have to be the biggest fish to win.  Until next time have a great weekend & be safe on the water.

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 19/06/2014

Despite a little rain the past week has been fantastic weather with glassed out days on the bay & the best news is it looks to be continuing through the weekend.  School mackerel & queenfish are active around Big Mick although only the odd legal sized specimen amongst them.  Longtail tuna have been working the channel between Inskip & Fraser.

Flathead are active throughout the Straits with the bigger models coming from the western side of Fraser Island. 

Diver whiting are being caught in front of Tin Can Bay in 5-7m of water with worms & freshly pumped yabbies working best.  Squid are still being caught in the same area & pays to keep a rod setup with a jig as they will often be seen following up your baits & lures.

Mid-morning low tides should provide beach anglers a chance to hit the beach at first light to go in search of a few whiting, dart & tailor.

We have 25% off selected items in store at present so why not stop by & grab a bargain.  Plus check out Shimano Australia’s stocktake sale.  All items are available for order & we can ship Australia wide if required.

With two weeks left until the 2014 Mitsubishi Motors Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic have you got your entry in yet?  Let’s hope this great weather holds for the comp.

Don’t forget to stop past the shop to weigh in you catch for you chance to win a $50 voucher to spend in store.

Have a great weekend & be safe on the water.

 

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 12/06/2014

Time flies on the short weeks following a long weekend.  As the weekend draws nearer it’s time again to start looking at your options for where to go & what species to target.

The weather during the week has been rather average with strong winds & rain keeping all but the diehards off the water.  There is hope though as the current forecast is for the wind to drop off by Friday although the showers are set to hang around a bit longer before clearing on Sunday.

Despite the rain Friday is looking pretty good for those prepared to drag out the wet weather gear & hi the water.  Winds are forecast from the south to ESE up to 5 knots.  These conditions should allow boaties to head out & fish the open waters of the bay.  Reports of school mackerel & longtail tuna have been coming from the channel between Inskip & Fraser.  There has been plenty of bait schools about so make sure to pack a few bait jigs.

Flathead are being caught in good numbers with several reports of quality fish over the 50cm mark.  For the bait anglers try pilchards or white bait if you’re in a rush however if you have time to gather a few live baits of diver whiting, herring or poddy mullet these tend to end up producing better quality fish.  Soft plastics or hard bodied lures worked around the drop offs a couple of hours either side of low tide are also worth a try.  Creeks such as Teebar, Carlo & Kauri are good options although Bullock Point & Pelican Bay are also worth a look.

The odd Barra is still skulking about with a quality 3.8kg specimen weighed in on Wednesday by an unsuspecting angler working the flats for bream & flathead.  Just goes to show you never know your luck around this neck of the woods.  Squid are still about in front of Tin Can Bay. 

Chopper tailor & school mackerel are starting to show up in numbers & are feeding on schools of bait fish.  Working the entrances to creeks such as Carlo or Teebar should provide good results.  Floating baits of whole pilchards rigged on a set of gangs should result in a feed or for those wanting a little more fun try casting small chrome slugs up to 20g on you bream gear.  While tailor is best eaten fresh it also goes well in the kipper box. 

Don’t forget to stop past the shop to weigh in you catch for you chance to win a $50 voucher to spend in store.

Have a great weekend & be safe on the water.

 

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 05/06/2014

The upcoming long weekend is within our sights & it looks like the warmer day time temperatures will hang around as well making for perfect conditions to go camping.

With the current forecast tipping winds to reach maximum approx. 10 knots from the south east there are still plenty of options for those wanting to get out on the water to wet a line.

Reports of schools of yellowtail scad schooling up around Big Mick should mean the mackerel will be lurking about in the area as well.  Friday looks to be the best chance to fish this area before the wind picks up over the weekend.  The channel between Inskip & Fraser is a good choice in southerly winds with the Inskip Peninsula providing protection from the wind.

Teebar Ledge has been a little quite with only a handful of reports including a solid Blackall taken earlier in the week.

Flathead have been caught in good numbers.  Flicking soft plastics or trolling hard bodied lures approx. 2hrs either side of the low tide providing good results.  Lures such as Lively Micro Mullet or Sebile Koolie Minnows trolled at speeds between 3-4 knots along drop offs are a great way to cover plenty of area to find the fish.  Once you find where the fish are holding keep working that area as chances are there will be a couple of fish schooling up.

Still plenty of squid being caught around Norman Point although you’re having to compete for space as there has been several other boats working the same area.

The beaches have been a little quite with reports of only a few smaller whiting, dart & tarwhine being caught.

Don’t forget to stop past the shop to weigh in you catch for you chance to win a $50 voucher to spend in store.

Have a great weekend & be safe on the water.

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 29/05/2014

The weather for the past week has been fantastic with light winds, clear skies & warm days would make you think we are in spring not days away from the start of winter.  The Straits have been busy with plenty of boaties taking advantage of the great conditions to hit the water & wet a line.

Reports of good catches of diver whiting throughout the Straits.  Flathead are about in good numbers with some of the better quality fish coming from north of Inskip Point.

Squire are being caught on the shallow reefs / gravel patches around the eastern side of Tin Can Bay with peak times being dusk & dawn.  Chopper tailor have started to show up in the bay & over the coming weeks we should see their numbers increase. 

The warmer weather has seen the crabs a bit more active with catches of both sandies & muddies coming from the creeks such as Teebar & Carlo.

Looking at the forecast for the weekend looks like we are in for similar conditions to those we experienced last weekend with light winds to approx 6 knots or less from the SE switching to easterly on Sunday morning.  Mid-afternoon low tides should provide for good conditions to get out & flick a few plastics around for flathead with the last two hours before the bottom of the tide being the best time. 

Don’t forget to stop past the shop to weigh in you catch for you chance to win a $50 voucher to spend in store.

Have a great weekend & be safe on the water.

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 15/05/2014

Gympie show long weekend is here & you guessed it the forecast is for rain!  Despite the poor conditions there has still been a few boats getting out with reports of sand & mud crabs coming from the creeks such as Teebar & Carlo. 

The trevally have been active in Snapper Creek.  Fishing the bottom of the tide is giving the best results.  Soft plastics or lightly weighed baits of prawns are working well.

Flathead are about in good numbers with a mix of both sand & dusky flathead being caught  It is worth making yourself familiar with the difference between these two different species of flathead as the size limits are not the same sand/bar tail flathead have a size limit of 30cm whilst the dusky is 40cm & a max of 75cm. 

There has been a few squid caught over the past few weeks around Norman Point with best results coming from drifting with the tide whilst continually working new ground.

Looking at the forecast for the weekend the pick of the days is looking to be Sunday.  The forecast is for ESE winds around the 5-6 knots in the morning increasing to 8-10 knots around midday then dropping off to 5-6 knot again in the afternoon.  So best chance is to seek shelter in the creeks such as Carlo, Teebar or even Kauri.  With the low tides falling about 2 hours before sunrise & sunset it is worth chasing a few flathead.  Soft plastics around the 4” long rigged on jig heads between 1-6th to 3/8 oz working a treat.  Live baits of herring, mullet, winter whiting or silver biddies also working well.

Don’t forget to stop past the shop to weigh in you catch for you chance to win a $50 voucher to spend in store.

Have a great weekend & be safe on the water.

Fishing report Tin Can Bay 08/05/2014

Despite to odd shower or two the weather for the last week has been fairly good & it’s looking like it will continue throughout the weekend with light winds & the odd shower of rain forecast approx 1-5mm shouldn’t be enough to stop you from hitting the water.

The offshore scene has been fishing well over the last week with quality spanish mackerel in good numbers.  The reefs in close off Rainbow have also been fishing well for a mixed bag of squire, pearl perch, moses perch & parrot.  Beach conditions have been pretty good of late & providing a perfect opportunity to launch off the beach at Double Island giving those boaties with smaller boats a chance to hit these reefs.  Schools or longtail tuna & spotty mackerel have also been working in close to the beach & within easy reach of even the most novice kayak fisho.

We have received a number of reports of a few jew being caught off the beach south of Mudlo rocks.  I had a chance for a beach fish on Tuesday night which resulted in a 4.39kg Slate Bream which took a squid head rigged on a 6/0 Octopus hook.  The same bait combination also resulted in a gummy shark & undersize jew.  As the temperatures continue to drop we should start to see the Tailor show up on the beaches again.  We have a range of beach combos in store starting from $47.50 so why not drop past the store & check out our range.

Inside the bay there have been quality flathead being caught on soft plastics & reports of larger models falling to live baits.  Squid are about in good numbers around Norman Point & make for a tasty feed when prepared fresh.  Whole squid also make great live baits when fishing areas like Teebar & Seary’s ledges.  A two hook snelled rig is ideal for rigging live squid this allows the top hook to be pinned in the top of the hood & gives the bait in a more natural appearance even when trolled.

Winner of our Fish of the Month competition for April went to Storme Ludke for his 352g Bream.  Well done Storme & keep those entries coming in.  For your chance to win $50 to spend in store, simply drop past the store to weighing in your catch.  For more details drop past the store located at 6/6 Scullett Drive in Tin Can Bay near Mitre 10.  Have a great weekend.

 

Fishing report Tin Can Bay 01/05/2014

Looks like we are in store for another cracking weekend this weekend with light winds forecast  to 7 knots from the north to north west. 

There has been good catches of squid coming from Norman Point south to Crab Creek.  Drifting with the tide working jigs around the 3.0-3.5 working well.

A few smaller squire are present on the shallow reefs around Tin Can Bay along with a few parrot & cod.

Schools of golden trevally have been seen feeding on along the drop offs in Snapper Creek about an hour after low tide.

Reports of quality whiting around Ida Island with live yabbies & worms working best.

Flathead are about in good numbers with several reports of fish up to 92cm being taken further up the Straits on live baits whilst many more are also falling victim to soft plastics.  Berkley Gulp 4” Minnow rigged on 1/4oz TT Jig heads proving to be a popular choice.

Temperatures are set to drop around Sunday to 6 degrees in the bay so if you’re heading out early be sure to pack a warm coat.

New month so get your entries in for our fish of the month competition.  Win $50 to spend in store by simply weighing in your catch.  For more details drop past the store located at 6/6 Scullett Drive in Tin Can Bay near Mitre 10.  Have a great weekend.

 

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 24/04/2014

Looks like the run of fantastic weather we experienced over the Easter long weekend will continue for the ANZAC day long weekend.  With only a 3 day week between Easter & ANZAC day we still have plenty of holiday makers hanging around enjoying an extended break.

The water ways were busy over the weekend with glassed out & perfect conditions with spots like Teebar Ledge well patronised.

Over the last week we have had reports of school mackerel around Ida Island, quality javelin fish coming from the creeks along with even the odd late season mangrove jack.  There has been some good catches of flathead of late with a 1.7kg specimen being weighed in by one local angler over the Easter weekend.

The ledges have been fishing well for a mixed bag of reef fish such as blackall, parrot & cod.

Looking at the forecast for the weekend looks like we are in for another stunner.  Early morning & late afternoon high tides will provide those anglers wanting to chase a few late season jack a chance to head up the creeks while mid-morning low tides are great for families wanting to get out & chase a few whiting.  Live yabbies or worms are often the best bait for these fish whilst using a small number 6 mustad bloodworm hook will account for a more consistent hook up.

Keep the entries coming in for our fish of the month competition for your chance to win a $50 voucher to spend in store.

Have a great weekend & be safe on the water.

 

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 10/04/2014

With school holidays are now in full swing traffic on the water is starting to increase.  Great conditions last weekend saw plenty of boats on the water and a number of quality fish being caught.

Reports of good size flathead around the sand flats on the western side of Fraser Island responding well to soft plastics.

Some quality mangrove are also still being taken.  As the weather continues to cool down and the water temp drops species like mangrove jack & barramundi will begin to slow down.

Upside of the cooler water temperatures is species such as snapper will start showing up in greater numbers.  The shallow reefs around Tin Can Bay are a great option for those with smaller boats wanting to get amongst a few of these great eating fish.  Peak times are often just after first light or around dusk.  Whole baits of pilchard or squid working well along with soft plastics and hard bodied lures.

This weekend’s forecast is looking brilliant with light winds on Friday and Saturday before increasing slightly on Sunday around mid-morning to around 8-10 knots.  With high tides around an hour or so after sunrise and sunset this will provide anglers a chance to head up the creeks chasing a few late season mangrove jack and barramundi.  Live baits of herring, mullet or silver biddies are a fantastic bait when chasing these species.  Rigged on a lightly weighted rig with 30-50 pound leader and 4/0-6/0 hook.  If you are unable to locate a few live baits before heading out flesh baits of mullet or bonito also work well.

Low tides around midday are a great time to target species such as flathead and whiting on the sand flats.  Fishing the drains where the water is running off the sand flats about an hour or so before the bottom of the tide.  Casting upstream and working soft plastics with the tide or trolling hard bodied lures such as Live Lures Micro Mullet or Sebile Koolie Minnows along the edge of the channels are a couple of my preferred methods for chasing flathead.  For whiting try using worms or live yabbies fishing similar areas on the run out tide or over yabbie banks on the incoming tide.

For more information, stop past our store located at 6/6 Scullett Drive in Tin Can Bay.  We also have a range of hire boats including Hobie kayaks to suit everyone licenced or unlicensed.

Have a great weekend.

 

Fishing report Tin Can Bay 03/04/2014

The recent rains have given the creeks a much deserved flush out & have seen good numbers of crabs caught over the last week. 

Good catches of flathead further up the Straits near Inskip Point.  Try working the drop offs at the entrance to the creeks or where water is draining off the sand flats on the run out tide. 

The shallow reefs around Tin Can Bay have been fishing well for species such as squire, sweetlip & Moses perch with peak times being about an hour after first light.  If possible arrive on location about an hour before hand to establish a good burley trail & bring the fish in.

The current forecast looks like we are in for a great start to the school holidays with light winds around 3-6 knots on both Saturday & Sunday these lighter winds in conjunction with this weekend’s neap tides (smaller tides) will make for ideal conditions for fishing area’s like Bluff Reef & Teebar Ledge.  The less run in the tide means you won’t need as much lead to get your baits to bottom & should see catches of a few nice reefies.  With this in mind it is still worth floating pilchards or yakkas for a chance at hooking up to school or spotty mackerel.

For members of Qld’s Best Angler don’t forget this Friday is Rocket Cash win $100 for one fish.  Both the Rocket Cash & Mystery Length codes for April in store so be to drop by & collect the code before the weekend.  The target species will be announced at 7pm on Friday night so be sure to check out the QBA website or visit our facebook page for the species.  If you’re not already a member of QBA we have memberships including the 2014 QBA brag mats available in store. 

Easter is a extremely busy time on the water.  With increased patrols by QLD Boating & Fisheries Officers it is a good time to give you boat a safety check before heading away on holidays.

By taking the time to make sure everything is ok before your leave you may save yourself some expensive fines that will no doubt ruin your holiday. 

1. Do you have all the required safety equipment on board?

2. Are your flares etc within date?

3. Is your boat & trailer registered with labels clearly visible? If traveling long distances have your boat trailer inspected by your local dealership. There is nothing worse than being stuck on the side of the road with a broken trailer.

4. Are you up to date with any changes to recreational fish sizes & bag limits?

5. Green zone maps for the area? (We have the latest Green Zone maps in store)

Other helpful links are……

Boat safety Equipment…… http://www.msq.qld.gov.au/~/media/msqinternet/msqfiles/home/safety/safety%20equipment%20recreational%20ships/rec_safety_equipment.pdf

Fish sizes & bag limits….
http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/76959/Rec-fishing-tidal-waters-A4.pdf
Green zone maps Great Sandy Straits…

http://www.bnbfishing.com.au/images/Advertisers/boatiesquickguide.pdf

These holidays it’s also worth being a little more patient around the boat ramps with increased traffic & pedestrians.  Rather than getting frustrated if someone is taking a little longer on the ramp offer to lend a hand to help speed up the process.  Don’t let ramp rage destroy what would otherwise be a great day on the water. 

The winner of the Tin Can Bay Boat Hire Fish of the Month competition goes to John Siemek for his Barramundi caught on the 24/03.  Congratulations John you have won a $50 voucher to spend in store.   For more information on our fish of the month competition or the Qld’s Best Angler competition stop past our store located at 6/6 Scullett Drive in Tin Can Bay near Mitre 10.

Have a great weekend.

 

 Fishing report Tin Can Bay 27/03/2014

After weeks of dry weather the rain over the last few days has been a welcome sight giving the bay & creeks a much needed flush out.  Before the rain hit we had a few absolutely brilliant days with glassed out conditions inside the bay.  Schools of queenfish were prolific around Inskip Point with metal lures in the 20-40 gram range working a treat with reports of the odd school mackerel also amongst them.

The creeks have been fishing well for flathead with several reports of fish in the 50-60cm range being caught during last weekend’s Pirtek Fishing Classic.   Threadfin salmon have also been about in good numbers with reports of anglers seeing them cruising the shallow flats looking for a feed.

A few nice Barramundi have been about with one local angler weighing in a nice 6kg fish approx 80cm in length on Monday.

The rain over the past few days should see good catches of mud crabs over the next few days as they are washed out of the creeks. 

Despite the forecast for showers on Saturday it still looks to be the pick of the days to hit the water with light north to north westerly winds to less than 5 knots should provide for near glassed out conditions.  With high tides around mid morning this should provide anglers a chance to head up the creeks in search of a few mangrove jack & barramundi or try fishing in the channel between Inskip Point & Fraser for mackerel, trevally & queenfish.  Even though their eating quality is poor queenfish do provide great sports fishing action on light spin gear or even fly.

With only a few days left for the month you still have time to enter our fish of the month competition with the winner receiving a $50 voucher to use in store.  For more information drop past the store located at 6/6 Scullett Drive Tin Can Bay near Mitre 10 or check out our facebook page www.facebook.com/TinCanBayBoatHire

Have a great weekend.

 

Fishing report Tin Can Bay 20/03/2014

The weekend is close & that means time again to start planning your next fishing expedition.

Looking at forecast the wind is set to drop off Friday evening providing anglers a chance to fish the start of the run in tide around dusk for mangrove jack, barramundi & threadfin salmon.   Creeks such as Teebar & Kauri are worth a try.  Live baits of herring, silver biddies or mullet should give good results. 

The fishing has been a little quiet over the last week with only a few reports of flathead around the entrance to the creeks such as Alligator & Dinnies.  Whilst others are reporting catches of a few nice sized whiting have also been about with better specimens coming from the sand flats around Ida Island.

Early morning on Saturday looks good before the wind kicks up to about 7-8knots from the south east around 10am.  The current forecast predicts that the wind will drop away during the afternoon.  With high tides falling around midday it’s best to head up the creeks to escape the wind & wait it out.

Sunday is looking much the same as Saturday with the wind picking up mid morning before dropping away again in the afternoon.   So early morning sessions would be your best option if you want to fish the open waters of the bay for species such as squire or mackerel.

This Sunday is also the date for the 2014 Pirtek Fishing Challenge.  This is a nationwide event with the target species for each state being announced on Saturday night.  At only $20 to enter is a great cause with proceeds going towards the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.   Best of all you don’t even have to catch a fish to win a prize.  Tin Can Bay Boat Hire is showing our support by offering a 10% discount off all boat & kayak hires to competitors of the event along with a further 10% off in store.  As an added bonus we are also donating 10% from all hires to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.  So why not show your support for this great cause.  To book a vessel give us a call on 0408 329 167.

Don’t forget about our fish of the month competition win a $50 voucher to spend in store.  Just by submitting a fish you go into the random prize draw.  Drop by the store located at 6/6 Scullett Drive in Tin Can Bay (near Mitre 10) for details.  Have a great weekend. 

 

Fishing report Tin Can Bay 13/03/2014

For the first time in weeks the forecast for the weekend is looking great.  The current forecast is for light winds from 3 – 7 knots from the south on Saturday with Sunday looking much the same.  The lighter winds will provide boaties the chance to fish the open waters of Tin Can Bay. 

It’s worth trying areas like Big Mick & Bluff reef for mackerel.  Floating whole pilchards or yakka’s rigged on gang hooks is a great option whilst trolling hard bodied lures is another, this allows you to cover more ground & locate where the fish are feeding. 

Good quality mangrove jack have been taken in the creeks along with a few threadfin salmon & barramundi.  Live baits of herring, silver biddies or mullet working best.

A few reports of quality flathead have been coming through with fish up to 60cm being common.  Anglers who hit the water early are being rewarded with pan sized squire on the shallow reefs around Tin Can Bay.  The best time to target these fish is in the low light periods usually about an hour or so after first light.  A good burley trail is essential the help keep the fish nearby.  Readymade burley is available from most tackle stores or if you have time make your own using old bait scrapes thrown through the blender or meat grinder.

Just a reminder about or fish of the month competition.  For your chance to win a $50 voucher to use in store simply drop by the shop located at 6/6 Scullett Drive, Tin Can Bay & have your fish weighed & photo taken with our weigh board.  The winner will be announced on our facebook page & photo published alongside our next article in Bush n Beach fishing magazine.

Have a great weekend & stay safe on the water.


Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 7/03/2014

TGIF!  As the weekend draws near again it’s time to start planning the important stuff like fishing!

Looking ahead at the forecast for the weekend Saturday is looking to be the pick of the days.  With light to moderate SE winds up to about 7 knots before picking up to a bit over 10 knots around mid-morning on Sunday.   The neap tides this weekend will provide the ideal conditions for fishing areas like Bluff Reef.  With reports of school, spotty & even the odd Spanish mackerel have been taken in this area or try bottom fishing for squire, sweetlip & parrot.

Reports from the creeks are of barramundi, jack & cod being taken on a mix of live bait & lures.  Creeks such as Teebar, Kauri & Carlo fishing well.

Some large elbow slapper whiting have been caught in Carlo creek using surface lures in shallow water. 

Inskip Point has also been fishing well with large golden trevally, school mackerel & sharks being taken on live baits.

Don’t forget about our fish of the month competition just drop by the store & have your fish weighed & photo taken near our brag board for your chance to win a $50 voucher to spend in store.

Until next time stay safe on the water.

Jim @ Tin Can Bay Boat Hire.

 

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 27/02/2014

As the weekend approaches it time again to starting looking at what has been biting in the area.

Snapper Creek has been fishing well for bream, cod & trevally.  Live herring is working well although difficult to come by at times with the next best option being mullet fillet.

Still plenty of mangrove jack coming from the creeks with best results coming from the late afternoon to evening sessions.  It’s well worth setting a few crab pots when heading up the creeks chasing jacks as the mud crabs have been in fairly good numbers of late.

Still plenty of small school, spotty & Spanish mackerel being taken in the channel between Inskip Point & Fraser Island, for the larger mackerel try trolling hard body lures or whole gar rigged on a weighted or skirted trolling rig this allows you to cover more ground to locate where the fish are feeding.  If bait fishing is more your style try floating whole pilchards or yakkas on unweighted rigs in a berley trail. 

You can buy pre made berley although if you have the time making your own berley is always best.  Try using old bait rather than discarding it at the boat ramp, at the end of the trip take it home & freeze your leftovers & when you have time grab an old blender or mincer (not the one from the kitchen) & blend it all up.  I use any old bait I have in the freezer like prawns, squid, fish frames, pillies etc… add some chook pellets, tuna oil & even a bit of beach sand in the mix.  Once the berley is all made I store in a 20lt bucket with a lid & place in the chest freezer.  I then take the bucket with me & use a kitchen ladle to spoon out berley every couple of mins to create a solid berley trail.  Best of all if you don’t use it all you can put the lid back on & back in the freezer for next time.

The offshore fishing scene has been firing on all 8 cylinders of late with heaps of spotty & Spanish mackerel being caught.  Up side has been a number of nice red emperor also being caught.  On a recent trip offshore we landed 4 nice reds with the biggest going 12kg.  If you are after a great day of offshore fishing & don’t have a boat capable of heading out over the bar give Greg at Double Island Point Fishing Charters a call on 0417073 313.

Looking at the weather over the next few days those who are lucky enough to score a long weekend with Friday off are in for a treat with light winds early morning meaning the smaller boats can hit areas like Big Mick to chase the mackerel before the wind kicks up to about 10knots ESE around midday.  The rest of the weekend is looking a little average with the wind blowing 10-15knots from the south east.  Heading up the sheltered creeks like Carlo, Snapper or Kauri would be the best option to escape the wind & wet a line.  The big tides in the early morning should provide the perfect opportunity to get right up the upper reaches of these creeks in search of a few jack & even the odd barramundi.

Until next time stay safe on the water.

Jim @ Tin Can Bay Boat Hire.

 

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 20/02/2014

It has been absolutely awesome weather this past week with light winds providing smaller boats the option to get out & explore the open waters of the bay in search of a few pelagics.

School, spotty & Spanish mackerel have all started showing up inside the bar meaning smaller boats that wouldn’t venture out beyond the bar now have a chance at getting amongst these fish.  The Channel between Inskip Point & Fraser Island, Big Mick or Bluff Reef are great places to start. 

Floating baits of pilchards or yakka’s rigged on gang hooks in the current is a great option for bait fisherman.  Whilst if lures are your thing try casting metal slugs.  Large schools of juvenile queenfish have also been present with 20g slugs used with a high speed retrieve working well.  Trolling hard bodied lures or live bait around is also a great way to cover more ground and find where the fish are feeding just keep an eye on the sounder & try to get you baits/lures as close to the depth where the fish are feeding.

The shallow reefs around Tin Can Bay have also been fishing well for squire, sweetlip and even the odd golden trevally.

The run of hot humid weather has seen the jacks firing up well with the odd report of quality barra amongst them.

Looking at the week ahead it looks like the wind will kick up Friday afternoon before dropping away again mid week.  With temps in the high 20’s to early 30’s it will pay to seek shelter in the creeks & chase a few jacks & barra.

We have received some great news over the past week & we are excited to announce that we have been appointed the Shimano dealer for the Tin Can Bay area. This means locals & visitors no longer have to travel to Gympie or Maryborough to get what they are after.  We will be submitting our first order in the coming days & hope to have stock on the shelves by next weekend.  We aim to be competitive with the big guys on price so if you are after something in particular let us know and we will see if we can price match for you.

The highly anticipated Cranka Crab lures are now in stock.  With 8 different colour options these lures are bound to be a smash with the bream & jack anglers @ only $19.90 each don’t delay as stocks are limited & they are sure to be walking out the door fast!

Don’t forget our fish of the month competition.  With just over a week left for the month be sure to get your entries in & remember to keep it fair this is a random draw so it doesn’t have to be the biggest fish to win.

Until next time stay safe on the water.

Jim @ Tin Can Bay Boat Hire.

 

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 14/02/2014

Finally the wind has started to die down and we have had a few days of light winds and clear skies.

Reports of mangrove jack, cod and the odd barramundi coming from the creeks such as Kauri and Teebar.

A couple of smaller squire have started showing up on the shallow reefs around Tin Can Bay along with a few sweetlip.  The best time being just after sunrise.  Pilchards rigged on gangs hooks with little to no weight giving the best results.

Schools of small big eye trevally have being cruising the drop offs in front of Tin Can Bay.  Surface poppers like Sebile Splashers 52-76mm range working well.

Looking ahead at the weekend Saturday is looking to be the pick of the days with light winds from the north to north west 4-7knots before picking up around mid afternoon to 10 knots.   Sunday has light winds 5-8 knots increasing mid morning to 8-10knots NW. 

While the winds are light it is worth heading up towards Fraser Island and fishing the channel between Inskip and Fraser for mackerel.

For the month of February we are running a deal on Sebile hard body lures buy any two lures and get your third (to equal or lesser value) at half price.  

Until next time stay safe on the water.

Jim @ Tin Can Bay Boat Hire.

 

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 07/02/2014

The crappy weather has continued to plague us this past week with only a handful of reports coming through.  Mangrove jack have been coming from the creeks along with a few nice cod with a mix of both hard & soft lures doing the trick.  The most popular colour choice has been white.

Barra season has started off well with several nice fish being taken in the bay along with a few more stories of the ones that got away.  It pays to make sure your gear is up for the task when chasing Barra as there is nothing worse than losing that trophy fish due to tackle failure.  It’s well worth beefing up the trebles on your hard bodies from the standard ones from factory to something a little more robust.  If your using soft plastics choose the jig heads with heavy duty hooks like the TT Headlockz XH or the Evolution HD range.

Crabs have been active with several reports of people coming back with a feed of muddies.  Upside has been the recent publicity by Fisheries QLD regarding the fines for those caught tampering with someone else’s crab pots.  On the spot fines of $1100 for those caught interfering with crabbing gear you didn’t set.  This is great news & hopefully it is enforced heavily around holiday/peak seasons.

Looking at the weekend ahead & yet again Saturday appears to be the pick despite the forecast predicting light morning showers we are expected to get light winds from the SE early in the morning before kicking up to about 7-8knots ESE around mid-morning & continuing through the afternoon.  Sunday’s forecast is for 6-8knot winds from the SE all day.  In these conditions fishing the open waters of the bay is still possible although it’s best to find sheltered areas like the creeks or further south between the power lines at Seary’s Ledge down to Poverty Point.

Until next time stay safe on the water.

Jim @ Tin Can Bay Boat Hire.

 

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 31/1/2014

The weather for the past week has been awful with a strong SE making fishing in the open waters of Tin Can Bay near on impossible.   The upside is in most conditions there is usually somewhere nearby you can go to get away from the wind & wet a line.  During SE Snapper Creek in Tin Can Bay offers good protection from the wind & on the upside has been fishing rather well of late with reports of big Queenfish, Javelin fish & Trevally being caught.

On the Rainbow side Carlo Creek & Bullock Point also offer shelter, even in strong winds you can find somewhere to paddle a kayak or putt around in the boat.  All three areas are great spots to wet a line for Mangrove Jack, Flathead, Bream, Whiting & even the occasional Barramundi.

Looking ahead at the weekend & Saturday seems to be the pick of the days with lighter winds in the morning around 5 knots increasing to 10 knots mid-afternoon which in conjunction with a 3.5m high tide around 10am will provide anglers an opportunity to head up some of the creeks in search of a few jack. 

The Mary River is another option for those wanting to explore new grounds with Tarpon, Threadfin Salmon & Mulloway all being caught upstream from Lamington Bridge.  There are plenty of river prawns about so make sure you pack the cast net as these guys make great bait.

Best of all from midday tomorrow (1st February) the closed season for Barramundi ends & you can officially target them again so now is the time to re-stock the tackle box with your favourite Barra lures & other terminal tackle. During the closed season we received plenty of reports of Barra being caught around Tin Can Bay some of which were around the 90cm mark all of which were released after a quick photo.

Don’t forget our fish of the month competition WIN $50 to spend in store.  Just call past the shop with you catch & have it weighed & your photo snapped near our weighboard.

Until next time stay safe on the water.

Jim @ Tin Can Bay Boat Hire.

 

Fishing report Tin Can Bay 29/11/ 2013  

The weekend is upon us yet again so it’s time to stop thinking about work & start planning your weekends fishing efforts.

The weekend isn’t looking to crash hot for fishing the open waters of the bay however areas like Carlo Creek, Bullock Point & Snapper Creek should all offer some shelter from the wind for the boaties.  The old jetty pylons near the barge ramp at Bullock Point holds some great structure for those wanting to chase a few bream with the added chance of a few jack & maybe even the odd school jew.

The sand/mud flats in this area also hold some good flathead and are well worth a try on soft plastics or hard bodied lures.   Summer whiting are also in reasonable numbers around Bullock Point & there are heaps of yabbies on the flats.

For the land based anglers Inskip Point will also off some shelter from the southerly winds that are forecast for the weekend.  Inskip Point can offer some great land based fishing through the summer months with pelagic species such as mackerel, trevally & tuna frequently being caught off the beach.  Live baits of whiting, mullet & herring are preferred just make sure your gear is up to the task as you can quickly find yourself losing a fish of a lifetime due to weak line of poorly maintained reels.

Our new bait & tackle shop is now open at the corner of Bayside Road & Scullett Drive in Tin Can Bay.  Drop by & say hi if you’re in the area.  We are also running a fish of the month competition with the winner receiving a $50 voucher to spend in store.  To enter all you have to do is drop by & have your fish weighed & photo taken with our weigh board.  If you do drop by & the shop is unattended feel free to give us a call as we maybe out attending to hires & won’t be too far away.

Until next time stay safe on the water & have a great weekend.

Jim @ Tin Can Bay Boat Hire.

 

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 04/04/2013.

We have really had a run of great weather over the last week.  The boat ramps have been busy so has the bay.  Over the past few days has seen catches of Golden and Giant Trevally coming from Snapper Creek.  Yellowtail Pike have also been around in numbers at Norman Point.  Try fishing small soft plastics approx 50mm or 2 inches long rigged on about a 1/12oz jig head.  These guys provide great entertainment on light gear and the kids will have a ball catching them.  Just be warned they do have a pretty nasty set of teeth so it’s best to leave de-hooking them to the adults.  Pike make great live and dead baits although are also meant to be good eating.

The shallow reefs around Tin Can are still firing well for small reefies such as Squire, Moses Perch, Blackall and Sweetlip with all species responding well to a well presented pilchard rigged on 3/0 gangs or cut in half on a single 4/0 hook.  Try fishing at dawn and for the proceeding hours just after sunrise.  If you can manage a time when the high tide corresponds with first light or just after then even better.  Looking ahead the weekend is looking pretty good with light winds forecast.  Saturday has light winds early morning increasing slightly too about 10 knots mid morning before dropping away again in the afternoon.  Sunday is probably the pick of the days with light wind to a top of 7 knots all day.  Both days are forecast for possible showers although this should be enough to deter anyone from getting out and wetting a line.  

To check out photos of recent catches in the bay head over to the Fishing Tin Can Bay Facebook page, please feel free to share any of your own pics of fish caught in the area on the page as well or email them to fishingtcb@bigpond.com

Don’t forget Tin Can Bay Boat Hire are now stocking a range of quality tackle including Gamakatsu Hooks, Berkley Gulp, Atomic jig heads, Sea Queen Bait and more making us a one stop shop for all your boat hire and fishing needs.  Until next time stay safe on the water.

 

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 01/04/2013.

Apologies for the late update the lead up to Easter was hectic!  The past week has seen some great weather & the conditions on the bay have been postcard perfect.

On the fishing front some quality Squire have been taken around the shallow reefs around Tin Can Bay along with some decent size Blackall & Cod.  The Yakka’s are starting to school up around Big Mick so it is only a matter of time before we should see a couple of Mackerel show up again.

Teebar Ledge has been fishing well for Bream & Moses Perch.  Reports are starting to filter through of a few Chopper Tailor in the Bay so give it a few weeks & we should hopefully see them start schooling up in good numbers.  These guys are great fun to target with hard bodied lures.

The weather for the week ahead looks promising with only a few possible showers & light winds less than 10 knots every day except for Friday afternoon when the wind is expected to increase to 12-13 knots.  Early morning low tides should provide a few options for targeting Flathead around the drop offs.  Towards the end of the week as the high tides will be around 4-5am this should be a good time to hit the shallow reefs on day break for your chance at a few Squire with Pillies & Squid working well as bait & also responding to soft plastics.  They do put up a great fight on light gear so why not leave the heavy rods at home & try using your Bream or Flathead gear!

We are also happy to announce both the arrival of our latest vessel the 3.70m Saxon Poly boat powered by a 6hp Yamaha four stroke outboard as well as our new range of bait & tackle to help better serve our hire customers.  Another report should follow in a few days so until next time stay safe on the water.

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 14/03/2013.

Finally after over a month of crappy weather the weekend ahead looks to be a cracker with light winds forecast for the whole weekend.

The past week has still seen a bit of rain in the area however the bay should have started to clean up a bit.  With the light winds it will be a great time to get out and fish the shallow reefs & open waters of the bay for Snapper, Sweetlip & maybe a few Mackerel around Inskip Point.  Remember when fishing these shallow reefs getting a good burley trail out will be the key to your success.  Dig through your freezer & find any old bait, fish frames, prawn shells etc & mince them up as small as possible then add a little sand, tuna oil anything else you can think of.  Old margarine containers are about the perfect size to freeze your berley bombs in if you are after a slow release burley.  Another option would be to mix it up in a 20lt bucket with a lid & ladle it out every 5 – 10 mins to keep the trail going. 

Fresh bait of squid or cuttlefish can be purchased from Lee’s fisheries on your way to the boat ramp at Norman Point.  If your using Pillies try & get your hands on the IQF Pillies as these have been individually frozen & seem to last longer on your hooks.

Mud crabs have been around in good numbers so if you’re heading out remember to pack a few pots. 

As the water temps start to drop off we should start seeing the start of the Winter Whiting show up.  Live baits of Yabbies or Worms are always your best option with preserved worms being a good back up if live bait isn’t available.

Once again we would love to see photos of your catch or hear from you about your trips in the area so feel free to share on our new Facebook page www.facebook.com/FishingTinCanBay or email to fishingtcb@bigpond.com

Have a great weekend & be safe on the water.

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 07/03/2013.

Another week of rain begs the question to be asked…When will it end?  For the time being  we all have wait patiently to see if the low in the north will develop further into a cyclone & the direction it chooses to travel before making plans for the upcoming Easter holidays.

Provided we have seen the end of the majority of the rain the next couple of weeks should see the conditions in the bay improve considerably.  The upside since the weather has been so crappy of late restricting the vast majority from getting out & wetting a line is hopefully the over the next few weeks the fishing will be outstanding for those visiting the area.  Cooler days should have seen a drop in water temperature so hopefully we should start to see the Snapper size & numbers increase.  Norman Point will be a good option for those wanting to get out & chase a few Squid.  Drifting along the drop offs should produce some good results.

Carlo Creek is yet again the stand out destination for both land & boat based anglers with Bream, Mangrove Jack, Cod & Barramundi being on the cards.

Looking ahead to the weekend the current forecast is for SE winds from 10-15knots.  With high tides falling just after sunrise & sun set it is well worth heading up some of the local creeks like Teebar, Snapper or Carlo in search of a couple of Jack.  The open waters of the bay will be a tad uncomfortable for smaller vessels so best to keep in the sheltered waters of the creeks or places like Bullock Point & Pelican Bay.

Don’t forget tomorrow marks the start of Fishing QLD’s “Fishing for Flood Relief Appeal”.  Contact the guys at Fishing QLD for details on how to sign up at only $20 to enter it’s well worth it to support those effected by recent floods.

Once again please feel free to share photos of your catch on the newly established Fishing Tin Can Bay facebook page www.facebook.com/FishingTinCanBay or email them to fishingtcb@bigpond.com

Good luck & see you on the water.

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 01/03/2013.

Another week of horrible weather & the weekend ahead doesn’t look to be getting any better!  Hopefully the end is in sight soon & we get some great weather for Easter Holidays in a month’s time.

  As to be expected the fishing has been a little slow of late however there has still been catches of some nice Mangrove Jacks in the 40cm range along with Cod and the odd Barra.  Carlo Creek has yet again been the stand out this past week with some nice Grunter Bream or Javelin fish being caught as well as a few nice Bream.  We received another report today of a 60cm Barra being caught in a cast net whilst gathering live baits so don’t discount these areas as a place to wet a line & not just to gather bait before shooting up the creeks further away.

The Fishing for Flood Relief Appeal is on next weekend to help raise much needed funds for those affected by recent floods.  At only $20 to enter it is a worthwhile event that is spread over 3 days the 8th, 9th & 10th of March.  For details on how to sign up see the Fishing QLD website www.fishingqld.com

Once again please feel free to share photos of your catch on the newly established Fishing Tin Can Bay facebook page www.facebook.com/FishingTinCanBay or email them to fishingtcb@bigpond.com

Good luck & see you on the water.

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 20/02/2013.

Just as the bay had started to clear up again when have been hit with another deluge of rain to stir it all up again!  Fishing reports have been very slow this past week so and since I have been laid up follow a minor knee operation there is not a great deal to report on that front.

For those wanting to get out on the water the weekend and the start of next week look to be your best chance to get out with the wind dropping away to less than 10 knots.  Despite the forecast for possible thunder storms Sunday would be the pick of the days over the weekend with the wind not expected to exceed 5 knots.  As with the past few weeks, try fishing areas closer to Inskip Point where the waters have begun to clear up a little.  Bullock Point, Pelican Bay or Kauri Creek would be good options & do proved a bit of shelter from the wind if it was to kick up.  Carlo creek was firing well for Barra, Mangrove Jack and Bream prior to the rain and hopefully should remain the same.

The Mud Crabs should be about in good numbers so remember to take your pots with you while fishing and try setting them at the mouth of the creeks.  Handy little tip if you don’t have time to chase around to get bait for your crab pots try a can of cheap Tuna or cat food just pierce a few holes in the can to allow the juices to flow.  You would be surprised with the damage a crab can do to a tin can.

Don’t forget to share any photos of fish or crabs you have caught in the area or you may have a great recipe you would like to share on our facebook page or the newly created Fishing Tin Can Bay page.  Feel free to email pictures to fishingtcb@bigpond.com

Until next week stay safe on the water.

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 13/02/2013.

The past week has seen the bay start to clear up a little towards Fraser Island however there is still large quantities of fresh at the southern end around Tin Can Bay.   

The fishing has started picking up a little with several reports of Barramundi over the meter mark.  The Jacks are firing up big time with reports of people bagging out on some quality fish with most fish falling victim to bait’s of Herring and Mullet.

The Snapper/Squire have started to show up on the shallow reefs around Tin Can Bay again following the rain however there isn’t really much size about them yet.  There seems to be a small window just after sunrise that these fish really come on the bite then completely shut down.

A few nice Bream have been taken around Carlo Point of late with large schools being sighted off the boat ramp.

The Mud crabs should also be about in good numbers at the moment so if you do hit the water be sure to soak a couple of pots at the same time.

The forecast for the weekend is looking a little average at this stage with SE blowing up to 10 knots.  Best advice if fishing the open bay is to get out early and be off the water by a bout 8am as the wind increases otherwise head up the Creeks like Teebar, Snapper or Carlo to seek shelter from the wind.

Until next week stay safe on the water.

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 07/02/2013.

 The bay is still inundated with fresh at present however this doesn’t appear to have dampened people’s efforts to get out and catch their Barra for the season with several nice fish being caught.  The upper reaches of Carlo Creek appear to be producing the best results.  Area’s like the old Jetty ruins at Poverty Point will be worth a go once the bay cleans up a little more.  The fresh doesn’t seem to have slowed the Bream down either with fish about in good numbers.  Carlo Point at night would be worth a try as would the pontoons and jetties in Snapper Creek. 

If you’re after some cleaner water to fish then areas north of Inskip Point would be the best bet as these areas tend to clean up a lot quicker than the Southern end of the Bay.  Try working the dirty water lines for Barramundi, Threadfin Salmon, Mackerel and Queenfish.

The shallow reefs around Tin Can Bay had been producing small Squire/Snapper and Sweetlip before the rain and hopefully as the fresh clears they should start to reappear.  Try fishing times like dusk and dawn for best results with some of the more productive sessions of late coming from first light.

Prawns should be in good numbers about the bay so it could be worth grabbing the cast net or Prawn net & heading out at dusk for an hour or so but pack the mozzie spray as they are pretty savage at the moment following the recent deluge.

Until next week stay safe on the water.

 

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 31/01/2013

With the weather the region experienced over the past week reports of fish are few & far between.  Before the rain Squire/Snapper were being caught on the shallow reefs around Tin Can Bay with reports of some fish around the 50cm mark.  A few nice squid were also being caught around Norman Point.

There is huge amounts of fresh water in the bay at present which has almost shut down the fishing completely.   Plenty of stingrays about that are quiet happy to take your baits & provide a little bit of fun in the process.  Some legal Bream have been coming from Teebar Creek.

All this rain should hopefully flush out a few prawns from up the creeks so it could be worth throwing the cast net around dusk for a feed of prawns or to gather some fresh bait for chasing some Threadfin Salmon or Barramundi. 

Upside is the closed season for Barra ends tomorrow (1st Feb) from midday so it’s time to dust off the Barra lures & start hitting your favourite spots.  A couple of locals have reported catches Barra in Carlo Creek.

Hopefully over the next week we should see the water start clearing up a bit & a few more fish being caught.  Until then be safe on the water.

 

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 23/01/2013.

With rain and possible thunderstorms forecast for most of the long weekend the outlook appears a little gloomy however with winds tipped to be 5-10 knots it should still make for reasonable conditions to hit the open waters of the bay or even the creeks.  A bit of rain should hopefully bring with it a bit of relief from the hot weather we have been having of late. 

The past week the bay has been fishing fairly well with reports of Snapper, Sweetlip, Moses Perch and Cod coming from the shallow reefs around Tin Can Bay and on Teebar Ledge.  A few nice Squid have also been caught around Norman Point.

Reports of Mackerel have been a little patchy however large schools of Gar have been sighted around Big Mick and make great bait for Mackerel.  A few Queenfish have been taken in this same area and where they may not be the best eating they do make for a great sports fish on light gear.

Still a few reports of mud crabs coming from the creeks as well as a few Jacks with those taking the time to gather live baits being well rewarded for efforts.

Good luck and see you on the water.

 

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 17/01/2013.

The weather forecast for the week ahead looks fantastic with it being hard pressed to pick which day is better than the other.  The only possible standout day being Friday the 18th.  Light winds in the mornings before increasing to less than 10 knots in the afternoon.  Light winds early morning should offer almost glassed out conditions & should make it ideal to fish the open waters of the bay. 

Area’s such as Teebar Ledge, Bluff Reef, Big Mick & the Channel between Inskip & Fraser being some of my picks for getting out chasing a few Mackerel & maybe even the odd Kingfish

Early morning low tides will make life difficult for those wanting to head up the creeks however areas like Bird Rock in Teebar Creek should be worth a shot around the bottom of the tide for a few School Jew. 

While waiting for the tide to drop working the drop offs around where the water is running off the sand banks is also worth a try for Flathead.

Good luck & see you on the water.

 

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 09/01/2013.

The weather has been a little average over the last week with those who did head out having to take cover in the creeks to get away from the wind.  One customer recently reported a mixed bag of Yellow Tail Pike, Bream, Moses Perch & Flathead coming from Teebar Creek. 

Looking ahead at the forecast for the weekend expect some pretty big tides about 3.5m around mid morning.  This is the perfect time to get out & explore the upper reaches of creeks like Snapper, Dinnies & Teebar.  If your fishing the open waters of Tin Can Bay then it will be best to get out early around first light & fish the rising tide until about 9 – 10am before the wind picks up. Take advantage of these light winds & head to places like Big Mick, Bluff Reef & the Channel between Inskip & Fraser to try your luck floating unweighted Pillies for a couple of Mackerel.  With temps between 35 & 37°c forecast for Thursday & Friday conditions should be ideal for chasing Jacks in the creeks. 

Tight lines & be safe on the water.

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 03/01/2013.

Wow 2013 already!!!!  The waters around Tin Can Bay & the Sandy Straits have been extremely busy during the Christmas period with most days the car parks at the boat ramp being full to capacity & boat trailers parked everywhere! 

Despite the extra traffic on the water fishing has been steady with reports of Bream, Moses Perch & Flathead in Snapper Creek.   Mangrove Jack are still coming from the creeks like Teebar, Dinnies & Kauri with the added bonus of the odd Threadfin Salmon.  Mud crabs have been in good numbers for those who have taken their time to set a few pots but as usual around holiday time they are still getting raided.  The weather for the next week or so looks to be a little average with SE winds to 10 knots chopping up the bay.  For those wanting to get out for a fish try heading up creeks like Snapper, Teebar or Kauri or otherwise get out early morning before the wind gets up & try places like Big Mick or Bluff Reef.  There has been a few decent fish about on one recent trip to Big Mick I got cleaned up after about a 5 min fight I was bitten off using 80 pound leader.

Please share photo’s of your holiday catches on our facebook page www.facebook.com/TinCanBayBoatHire or email them to info@tincanbayboathire.com.au they could even end up in our area article in Bush n Beach!

Tight lines & be safe on the water.

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 20/12/2012.

Wow how hot has it been over the last week?  With temperatures in the mid to high 30’s!  Upside of these hot days is the water temperatures have increased and made for ideal conditions for Jack fishing. 

Looking at the forecast for the next week early mornings will be the best time to fish the open waters of the bay before the winds pick up to around 5 – 10 knots.  Recommend trying for Mackerel around Inskip Point and Fraser Island.  Teebar Ledge is also worth a try however it’s best to time it for when the run in the tide has slowed or just about to turn.  Fresh flesh baits, squid or even lives should produce results.  Big Cod inhabit this area so be prepared to lose a bit of tackle and make sure your gear is up to the task. 

Sweetlip, Parrot and Cobia are also found around the ledge.  If you’re after a feed of whiting or flathead try fishing the edges of the flats on the run out tide.  Live worms or freshly pumped Yabbies will give the best results although small surface poppers or soft plastics are worth a try. 

With Christmas holidays now in full swing there will be plenty of traffic on the water and with it should be increase in patrols from the Boating and Fisheries Officers.  It’s a good idea to drop past one of the local bait and tackle shops and grab a copy of the green zone maps as well as refreshing yourself with any changes to the size and bag limits as it could save you a hefty fine.  If your crabbing then keep a good eye on your pots as there are some people who think they deserve your catch more than you do. 

At this time of year please be mindful at the boat ramps and try not to get too frustrated if someone is taking a little longer than you would like and watch out for small children.  We also ask for all those people without boats and trailers please be considerate of the people who do keep the boat trailer parks for those people with trailers. 

From the crew @ Tin Can Bay Boat Hire please be safe on the water and have a great Christmas. Tight lines!

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Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 13/12/2012.

The weather has been a little average over the last week hopefully things improve over the next week or so in the lead up to Christmas.  Sunday morning seems to be the pick of the days over the weekend with light winds from the north to 5 knots.  Friday night is also looking pretty good for those wanting to sneak out after work, I would recommend trying Teebar Ledge for a few reefies or cod or sneak up the creeks for a few jack.  On the fishing side Mangrove Jack are still about in some good numbers.  Whiting & Flathead are about try fishing the drop offs along the western side of Tin Can Bay on the run out tide.  Any where you can find a channel draining off the flats into deep water should give good results.  Mackerel are still about & hopefully numbers should improve over the next few weeks as the Spotties move in.   It is a good time to get the pots out for a soak especially for those wanting a feed of Mud crabs for Christmas day.  Just remember to keep an eye on your pots as there are a few people who think they deserve to help themselves to your catch & even your pots.  If you’re not familiar with the area it is also a good idea to grab yourself a map of the green zones so you don’t accidently end up somewhere you shouldn’t be.  Until next week be safe on the water.

 

Fishing Report Tin Can Bay 06/12/2012.

Plenty of boaties have taken advantage of the great weather we have had lately to get out on the water.  Good numbers of small School Mackerel are coming from around Big Mick with a couple of big ones amongst them.  Sweetlip and Moses Perch have been coming off both Teebar and Seary’s Ledges.  Recent king tides saw those after a few crabs hitting the upper reaches of the creeks and being well rewarded for their efforts.  Still plenty of schools of bait fish have been moving about in the bay.  Looking at the forecast for the weekend the winds are tipped to be low in the mornings before kicking up around midday.  With Christmas holidays looming it’s a good time to take advantage of the conditions and get out on the water before it gets busy.  Until next week be safe on the water.

 

Tin Can Bay fishing report 29/11/2012.

Wow what a week of beautiful weather we have had.  Hot sunny days & light winds have made for some ideal conditions for getting out on the water.  The outlook for the weekend is look at much the same with light winds in the morning before picking up to just under 10 knots in the afternoon.  A few reports from outside of Spanish Mackerel although getting them in past the sharks has proved difficult.  With the water clarity in the bay some of the best I’ve seen in years makes a great time for sight casting for Goldens over the sand flats around Inskip Point & Pelican Bay.  There are some nice bream being taken in Snapper Creek working plastics around the jetty pylons giving the best results.  The lead up to Christmas is now upon us with less than 4 weeks to go & the weather is looking to be the best we have had in recent years.  If you’re planning a trip up this way over Christmas & are after a boat to hire be sure to book in early.  As well as our 540 Bowrider we will also have our 425 Catcher ready to go with the 55 pound Minn Kota with iPilot and 30hp Yamaha 2 stroke motor a great little combo from getting up the creeks for a few Jacks, Barra & Muddies.  We are also happy to announce that we will also have a range of Hobie Kayaks available for hire.  Check out our website of Facebook page to more details closer to Christmas.  Until next week be safe on the water & tight lines.

 

Tin Can Bay fishing report 22/11/2012.

The outlook for the weekend is looking pretty good and for those fortunate enough to have Friday off then it will be even better!  Early morning high tides coinciding with light winds make for ideal conditions to get out in smaller vessels in search of a few Mackerel.  With a few smaller Mackerel being caught of late it is only a matter of time before the bigger ones turn up.  A few nice Queenfish have also been caught in the area over the past few weeks with a couple over the meter mark.  For those after a feed of whiting the sand flats around Pelican Bay & Ida Island would be my pick for the week.  Pumping a few fresh yabbies then fishing the rising tide should see a good result.  For those wanting a little more of a thrill why not try using surface poppers!  Whiting are a great fight at the best of times but seeing the fish smash your lure off the surface would make it all that much more exhilarating.  Still a few Jacks about and recent rains should have helped flush a few out from up the creeks.  It’s also worth soaking a few pots for both Mud and Sand crabs whichever takes your fancy.  Until next week tight lines & be safe of the water!

 

Tin Can Bay fishing report 15/11/2012.

With 5-10 knot wind, hot days and possible storms forecast for the weekend the best place to be would be up the creeks chasing a few jacks. The weekend has early morning low tides so I would recommend hitting spots like Bird Rock in Teebar Creek on first light for a chance of a few school jew they may not be anything huge they are still great fun on light gear and plastics. The bottom of the tide seems to produce the best results casting your plastic into the deeper holes and working them back. With the tide dropping, work the channels where the water is flowing off the flats for a chance some flathead. Watch out for boils on surface as schools of trevally often frequent this area and are great fun on surface lures like poppers and walk the dogs. If the wind doesn’t kick up too much try areas like Bluff Reef or Teebar Ledge. With the recent numbers of herring moving into the bay some big pelagics can’t be too far away. Gary Cooper from Custom Fishing Shirts Australia recently landed a nice 80cm+ blackall while fishing the Bluff which after a few happy snaps was released for another day. Until next week stay safe on the water…

 

Tin Can Bay fishing report 08/11/2012.

With showers forecast for the weekend, Saturday still looks to be the pick of the days to hit the water with wind set to be less than five knots for most of the day. We are getting reports of mackerel and a few squid around Teebar Ledge. Closer to Tin Can Bay a 111cm queenfish weighing approximately 11kg was taken by one local angler last weekend, fishing the drop-offs around the eastern side of the bay. 

Large schools of herring have started moving into the bay and with them should hopefully come a few larger predators. Mangrove jack action has slowed a little with the cooler days over the last week however those putting in the time are still finding a few nice fish. The odd barramundi is also still lurking about however from the November 1 to the February 1 barra are off limits along the east coast of Queensland. If you do manage to hook up to one by accident please ensure it is released unharmed as soon as possible.

Be sure to share any photos of your catch on our facebook page www.facebook.com/TinCanBayBoatHire

 

Tin Can Bay fishing report 26/10/2012.

School and small spanish mackerel in the channel between Inskip Point and Fraser Island. Reports of good size whiting are being caught off the beach at Inskip Point with live worms or yabbies producing the best results. If your planing on taking the boat out the wind is set to increase around lunchtime on Saturday so I recommend getting out early in the morning and taking advantage of the calm conditions. 

Still plenty of reports of mangrove jack in the creeks and the odd barra amongst them, it is also worth taking the pots out and giving them a soak as some good muddies have been taken of late but if you do keep a close eye on your pots as some people feel that they deserve your crabs more than you do. Closer to Tin Can try Snapper Creek for trevally, fishing the flats at high tide. 

Good luck and tight lines.

 

Tin Can Bay fishing report 19/10/2012.

There are a few stand out days forecast over the next week with Saturday and Monday being my pick.

Saturday’s forecast for light NW in the morning before picking up in the afternoon it would be a good time to get up to Fraser Island and fish the channel near the barges for mackerel and tuna. Other places worth a look would be Teebar Ledge or Bluff Reef.

Monday is the pick if you’re after jacks with the mercury set to tip 34 degrees the water temperature should be just about perfect. High tide is mid-afternoon so heading up the shallow creeks on the tide and fish the start of the run out tide until dark should produce some good fish.

Be sure to share any photos of your catch on our facebook page www.facebook.com/TinCanBayBoatHire

 

Tin Can Bay fishing report 04/10/2012.

With school holidays now in full swing there are plenty of boats out on the water and with the conditions set to improve over the next few days it is a perfect time to get out and try your luck. Reports of mackerel in the bay with school, spotty and spanish smashing bait schools around Teebar Ledge. Flathead and monster bream are being taken on the sand flats at high tide. As the weather continues to warm up pick the hottest and muggiest day to get out and try for jack and barra in the creeks.

 

Tin Can Bay fishing report 20/09/2012.

There has been big bream landed in Snapper Creek over the past week and are responding well to trolled hard bodied lures. The sand crabs have been about with some people reporting good numbers being caught. More reports have been filtering through of barramundi lurking about in the creeks around Tin Can Bay. With the forecast for the weekend tipping high temperatures and low winds I recommend hitting the creeks in search of jacks and barra or for mackerel around Inskip Point.

 

Tin Can Bay fishing report 12/09/2012.

Both golden and diamond trevally are on the prowl in Snapper Creek and are responding to soft plastics with Berkley Gulp giving the best results. We had reports that some elbow slapper whiting have been taken on the flats using small hard bodied lures. Still getting the odd report of Mackerel around Inskip Point with the odd Spotty making an appearance. Over the next few weeks as the water temps slowly increase I suggest trying up the creeks and around structure for mangrove jack and barramundi.

 

Tin Can Bay fishing report 05/09/2012.

Reports that spanish mackerel are being caught in the channel between Inskip Point and Fraser Island with live baits of yellowtail pike working best. Mud crabs in the creeks and reports of whiting schooling in numbers around Norman Point and Big Mick. With water clarity improving in the bay I recommend fishing the flats for golden trevally or try heading up the creeks like Teebar and Kauri in search of mangrove jack and barra!

 

Tin Can Bay fishing report 29/08/2012.

There have been mixed reports of trevally, tailor and mackerel throughout the Tin Can Bay and the Sandy Straits. With the wind forecast to drop away for Father’s Day this Sunday I recommend trying around Big Mick or the channel between Inskip Point and Fraser Island for mackerel. A few big flathead are also still on the bite, fish areas like Teebar and Carlo creeks and try working the drop offs around the ledges. With water temps increasing try Snapper Creek for golden and diamond trevally.