December Fishing Report

Happy New Year to everyone!!  We trust that you have all had a very merry Fishmas and were able to get out on the water.

So what has been getting caught in the area throughout December and the Northerly blow? 

Lilly & Grace Muggleton with a nice feed of Summer Whiting

Summer Whiting have been around in good numbers with Yabbies & Worm working the best.  Fisho’s that have been sneaking into a few of the small less fished creeks and fishing the tides have been well rewarded with good numbers and sized fish being caught.  Mixed in with the Whiting there have been a few nice Lizards & some good size Golden Trevally.

Now if we didn’t talk Mangrove Jack in December it would be a travesty!  The water temp is right up there now and this means that the Jacks are firing.  I had a water temp of 29.8c the other day while flicking up a creek, it was almost cooler in the boat.  A lot of the crew prefer to fish for Jacks at night it seems, with fresh bait being the preference for a lot people.  But the lure fisho’s have been getting some runs on the board the last few weeks with the water temps creeping up. 

4.5’’ Molx RT Shads rigged on the OH1500 Tungsten Swimbait Hooks

The 4.5’’ Molx RT Shads rigged on the OH1500 Tungsten Swimbait Hooks have been a great seller and are proving themselves as a great soft plastic and hook combo.  Running the 5/0’s in a 1/4oz on the 4.5’s for skip casting into the back of the snags has been having good results.  Poppers like the Lucky Craft 80mm G-Splash and walk the dog style stickbait like Sugapens thrown into the shadows and overhung mangroves around low light periods can be explosive fishing when Jack is home.  If you are keen to give lure fishing for Jacks a go, or any fish, pop in and see our new range of plastics, hardbodies & popper that are pretty Mangrove Jack specific for this time of year.  The boys will even show you how we rig them so they swim dead straight.

Young Bec had a great holiday in TCB
boating a number of good Mangrove Jacks for the week
Bret with a nice Snapper Creek regular

On the topic of Mangrove Jack, we are running a two month Mangrove Jack fishing comp that kicked off on the 2nd January and runs until the 29th of February.  This is a catch and release comp and there is a 1st prize rod & reel combo worth $600.00 up for grabs.  The total prize pool for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th place will total just over $2000.00.  For more details pop into the shop and have a chat to the boys to get registered.

For the nocturnal fishers trying to avoid the heat there have been some good sizes Grunter being caught on squid bait and Mullet flesh in the creeks.  Bird Rock has been a popular spot with the holiday makers reporting some nice catches of Cod, Jacks, Bream and Flathead.  All taking a mixture of lures & baits.  Teebar ledge has been producing some great Tuskfish, Sweetlips and Cod also.

Offshore there are reports of some good Spanish coming over the side and there are large schools of Cobia out there too.  Summer Snapper are making an appearance and there have been some cracker fish being caught mid water on floated baits.  Have not yet had any reports of people fishing the new FAD off DI.  Personally, I’m keen to get out there and pin a few Dollies on the flyrod when it starts to fire up, I’d be happy with a Who or even a small Billfish LoL.

So we also had the Flathead comp running during December. The fishing was a
little slow to say the least.

The Winners were;

Biggest Fish: Ron Cox 66cm

Mystery Length was 49.5cm: Rio Took it out with a 50cm

Lucky Tag Number: #17 Tom Head

Well done guys and thank you to everyone that participated in the Christmas Flathead Fishing Competition.

That’s about it for now Crew so enjoy the rest of your holidays if you are lucky enough to be on them and don’t forget to get in and register for the Mangrove Jack fishing competition!

Find us at the Tin Can Bay Marina, Emperor St for all your boating and fishing needs.

Cheers & Tight Lines


December Fishing Photo Comp Winner was Tom Head
With this nice Jack Caught on lure

November Fishing Report

G’day folks we hope you are all well and been out there catching a feed. 

A little late we know but thought we should let everyone know that the winner of the September $500 Golden Ticket was Jonathan Mallard.  Jon came in and picked up some safety gear a new Live Fibre combo for his son & a few other bits and pieces with his winnings.  Well done mate and thank you for your support!

September $500 Golden Ticket was Jonathan Mallard

She’s been a hot one the last couple of weeks that’s for sure and summer is truly on the way.

With the warmer water temps, we have seen the Mangrove Jack on the bite.  There have been some great catches of solid fish in our local creeks getting up into the mid 50’s.  Jacks are a great table fish but many of our local anglers choose to catch and release the highly prized and tough fighting fish.  There is plenty of bycatch when chasing Jacks so there is always an option for a feed of Bream, Grunter, and Cod, AKA Estuary Trout I like to call them.  Do not forget that it is closed season for Barra now, so if you are lucky enough to hook a Barra it must go back.  Closed season is from the 1st of September to the 1st of February. 

Mitch Cooper with a nice Jack from one of our local creeks.

A good place to start looking for Jacks would be creeks that have deep gutters lined with mangroves or a nice hole with a bit of structure, like a rock bar & fringing Mangroves.  Small live bait, Poddy Mullet or Herring will work well but fresh cut Mullet strips have been working well for most anglers lately. Rigged on either a suicide hook or a circle hook your choice.  But if you opt for a circle hook don’t forget to not strike on the initial bite.  Try to go as light as you can with your line, leader & sinker will see your hook up rate increase.

Harris getting it done
Jason’s girls with a nice feed of Whiting

The flats either side of the mouth of Snapper & Norman Point have been producing some good catches of Whiting on Worm & Yabbies along with some nice Flathead. 

The Kingfish seem to have left The Bay now but if you are chasing a feed of Mackerel Big Mick & The Bluff has again been producing some nice fish on trolled lures.  Throwing poppers will also see you get stuck into a few big Queenfish. 

The Charter Boats getting offshore, when the weather has played the game have had some pretty happy customers the last month.  Red Emperor have been a welcome catch and there are plenty of Tuskfish, Hussar, Moses, Cods & AJ’s in the mix.

Shane with a quality Cobia

Competition time!!  We are running our Christmas Flathead Fishing Comp for the month of December 2019.  There are three prizes up for grabs; Largest Fish, Mystery Length. & Lucky Registration Number.  Winners will be announced in early January 2020.  Prizes consist of Loads of Fishing Gear and The Chandlery Bait & Tackle store credit vouchers.  A total prize pool of over $500!

Jye with a nice Lizard

The comp is open to all ages. 

The rules are simple.

1. Register (Free) in store and collect your comp number tag.

2. This is a catch and release photo competition, Flathead only.

3. Photograph your Flathead on a brag mat to show the fish length, with your comp number tag at the head of the fish.

4. Fish can be entered at any length.

5. You can fish anywhere from Mullen Creek Cooloola Cove to Urangan Pier Harvey Bay.

6. Post your photos on our Facebook page, email or bring them in store for the boys to get a copy.

7. Fish entered the competition will be judged on the “Time of Entry” NOT time of capture. Note: This is to distinguish a winner in the event of a tie. In the event of a tie the earliest entry will be the winner. So, make sure to enter your photo ASAP

We would like to wish everyone a safe & very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year and hope to see you in store over the festive season

Find us at the Tin Can Bay Marina, Emperor St for all your boating and fishing needs.

Cheers & Tight Lines


Proud Dad moment for Simon when son Freddy landed land his 1st ever Mangrove Jack. Freddy also land himself the a $100.00 store voucher for winning of the November Fishing Photo Comp

October Fishing Report

A bit of wind never hurt anyone, did it…?  We sure have had a few hit and miss days over October.  One of the days with the Northerlies blowing 35kt+ we almost had a half a meter of wind chop rolling down the fuel wharf in the Marina.  October even saw TCB getting a bit of welcome rain &  hopefully it has cleared the creeks out a little bit and made a few new snags to go and play with.

There have been some great reports of Summer Whiting ranging from 25cm – 30cm coming up onto the flats between the Skate Park and all the way up to Crab Creek.  Fishing the bigger flood tides, wading back to the mangroves using Yabbies and fresh Worm have seen fishos getting there bag quite easily.  And I know I’ve said it before, Whiting are great fun on top water lures so why not give it go.  They will put on a great account for themselves once hooked.  We have also been seeing good numbers of Flathead on the last couple of hours of the ebbing tide.  Fishing 4 & 5’’ plastics in a juvenile Whiting colour like Kaleido Star, a light brown or motor oil colour has been working well.

Jack wit a Kingfish from The Bay. Caught on a live Herring

In The Bay the Tuna seem to have moved on but there are a few Mackerel staring to show up.  Big Mick, The Bluff and Inskip are places to start looking for these speedsters.  Dragging a 3’’ spoon if you are chasing Schoolies is a sure fire way to get an eat.  If you are looking to target the bigger Greys & Spanish, you really can’t go past a Halco Laser Pro in 2m & 6m divers.  Just make sure to keep the deeper diver in nice and close so when turning the boat you don’t go all macramé with your lines.  Keeping the shallow diver about 20m behind your deep diver will make sure your lines can cross over neatly.  We are still being told that there are some nice sizes Yellow Tail King Fish knocking about between Norman Point & the power line.  They have mainly been caught on floating Squid and live baits but a few fishos have landed a few trolling shallow running diver & surface lures.  Would love to see these guys come up on the flats in The Bay like they do over in NZ.


Troy and a cracker of a Queenfish that hit a popper.

Offshore fishos made the most of the good weather windows and there have been good mixed bags of reef fish filling the eskies as usual.  There are still quite a few Snapper being caught offshore too, no record breakers but great number of good sizes table fish are still showing up.

With the temps starting to really ramp up the Jacks should start to fire up. So here’s to a good season for all the Jack fishos.  We have been seeing good number of Grunter in the creeks the last few weeks and Snapper has been a bit of a hot spot.  Fresh stripped Mullet for the win there.

Don’t forget to take the crab pot if you are heading up the creeks in the coming weeks.  The crabs that have been getting around have been full of meat and good sizes about them.  Don’t forget that if you are chasing a feed of Muddies that the bag limit has been reduced and there is now a boat limit on your catch also.  A possession limit of 7 per person & 14 per boat (with 2 or more people on board) now applies as of the 01/09/2019.  For more info regarding changes to the QLD Fisheries rules please go to

That’s all for now Crew & don’t forget our monthly photo competition is running on our Facebook page.  There is a $100.00 voucher up for grabs each month and the winner will be announced on the 1st of every month on our FB Page

October Fishing Photo Comp “Winner” Was Amber Browning with a nice Mackerel caught trolling around Big Mick.

Find us at the Tin Can Bay Marina, Emperor St for all your boating and fishing needs.

Cheers & Tight Lines


September Fishing Report

Man has the year flown by!!  September 18th marked our one year anniversary of running the shop.  Emma and I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone that has shopped with us, supported us and accepted us into the TCB community.  We are humbled and proud to say that we work and live here in this beautiful part of the world.

Any way enough of that lets talk fishing!!  So we have been blessed with a good run of back to back days of good weather this month.  Warm days and cool night have been welcomed and the fishing has been heating up too.  The weed has been painful to say the least, would love a good 200ml to clear it out.  But those who have persisted have been rewarded.

Up the creeks have been producing some thumper Summer Whiting on fresh Yabbies or some of our local Beach Worm sourced from the island & DI.  We’ve had good reports of Fisho’s also getting a good feed of Whiting on top water lures like the Noman Drawings and Sugarpen’s.  Try fishing a flooding tide on the flats where you’ve pumped Yabbies in the past would be a good start.  Keeping your leader shorter than normal will help to get a better action out of these lures as you crank them over that flats & with such small hooks back the drag off a little.

Mitch opening the account early

Jacks are starting to pop up and I’m sure as it gets hotter, we are going to see a few Barra turn up for the dialled in angler.

Flathead are well and truly fare game in The Bay now and the Biwaa Deus 4’’ in Kaleido & Star & Neon Scale Minnow proving to be winners. 

The Flatties love the new Biwaa Deus 4’’ in Kaleido

We have also been seeing some of the topwater Whiting Crew catching some good fish in the mid 60’s also.  Flathead on surface lures can be a long day sometimes but well worth it when you see that first hit of a croc rising up and engulfing your lure.

September saw the offshore Guys & Gals getting out and catching a good feed.  While reports of Pearlies were a little hard to find, the Snapper, Moses, Hussar, Tuskie & Grassies were playing the game & don’t forget the AJ’s.  Yes they are still out there in good numbers so why not drop a jig down and get stretched!!

Good customer Sandra getting done on an overnighter.

Rumour has it that there have been a few nice size Kingies getting around in The Bay.  A well presented live Squid is going to be like a lolly to these guys.  Personally, I don’t mind a little sashimi Kingy.  There has been a good run of early season Queenfish showing up around the Inskip area.  These guys have been partial to live Pike or Herring floated out the back but they are way more fun on a popper or a stickbait if you can find them schooled up.  Personally, I’m also partial to a little sashimi Queeny or even better, done Nummus style.

Josh with a nice Kingy from The Bay

That’s all for now Crew & don’t forget our monthly photo competition is running on our Facebook page.  There is a $100.00 voucher up for grabs each month and the winner will be announced on the 1st of every month on our FB Page

September Fishing Photo Comp “Winners” are the father son team Daniel & Casey Bates With their 105cm King Threadfin Salmon caught in the Mary River. Well done Men!

Find us at the Tin Can Bay Marina, Emperor St for all your boating and fishing needs.

Once again from Emma & myself thank you all for your ongoing support

Cheers & Tight Lines


Couple of Pearlies from a trip out on Keerly Rose

Again Biwaa Deus 4’’ in Kaleido undoing this fun sizes GT

August Fishing Report

What a month it has been and how about these conditions we have been having the last few weeks!!  From the end of July & for most of August we have seen back to back days of consistent weather patterns and for most anglers that has meant getting offshore and catching a feed of quality table fish.  Reds, Trout, Snapper some big Cod and Grassies have all been pulled from the depths.

Mitch Martens getting it done with a quality Snapper on the plastics

Fresh Squid baits, floating Pillies & Mullet strips have been doing the job.  We have started to see more anglers opting for using slow pitch jigs to mix it up after boating a few for a feed.  The Explorer & Samaki centre balanced jigs have been working well.  Mixed in with all the reef fish have been Cobia & some good size AJ’s.  There is still the odd Spanish getting about with a few Longtails. 

For the guys & girls looking to have a bit of fun in the slower bite times we have started to stock a few knife jigs at The Chandlery Bait & Tackle.  200gm & 300gm Black Magic jigs have been getting a few runs on the board for the crew chasing an arm stretching with the hard pulling AJ’s that are out there in good numbers.  Using your electronics to sound up tightly packed bait schools is a sure fire method.

Mick Gafa with a solid AJ

For the Whiting fishos the Winteries are still out in force and for the crew willing to put in the extra effort pumping Yabbies and fishing into the night have been rewarded with some nice size Summer Whiting.  Squid are still being caught in good numbers also.  Flathead have been on the menu too and the boys have been testing out a few new plastics soon to hit the shelves so watch this space. 

One of our TCB keen young fisho’s getting a nice feed with Dad

Mangrove Jacks have started to make an appearance.  Even in the cooler water Jacks’ gotta eat.  There were a couple of days early in the month where we saw the water temp pick up a couple of degrees for a few days and those in the know got out and targeted the Red Dogs with success.  This time of year, and this goes for Barra too, look for exposed structure as this will often have sightly warmer water around it as the sun heats the exposed snag.  Exposed rock bars, pylons and the sunny side of the bank are good places to start looking for a winter Jack.

So, we popped down to the AFTA trade show a couple of weeks ago to have a look at all the new & exciting toys on offer later in the year.  I must say it was nice to see some “new“ gear coming on the market.  Heaps of new innovative lures for the Flathead fisho to guys casting big top water lures at our Aussie natives.  Like we said above watch this space.  Don’t forget that if there is something you want us to get in or stock, be it fishing, or chandlery just ask the team.

That’s all for now Crew & if you have not heard we are now running a monthly photo competition on our Facebook page.  There is a $100.00 voucher up for grabs each month and the winner will be announced on the 1st of every month on our FB Page

How this for a Red!! Harry Long

Find us at the Tin Can Bay Marina, Emperor St for all your boating and fishing needs.

Cheers & Tight Lines

The Chandlery Bait & Tackle

July Fishing Report

IT IS HERE!!!  Hello Winter & big hello to some stable weather patterns.  I hope I’ve not jinxed us all now…

So, the weather has been playing the game and so have the fish.  Where do we start…?  The unbelievable squiding, the great offshore fishing, the influxes of Winter Whiting, Bream & Flathead in the bay or the Tailor that are starting to show up in the passage…?

Debbie from the TCB Fishing Club with a nice sizes Pearl Perch

How about we start with Sand Crabs.  I’m not going to say that they are on the march in The Bay just yet as we have only had a few sporadic reports of good catches.  But a little further afield up around Figtree there have been some good numbers and good size Sandies taken by Fishos willing to travel a little further. While up that way it’s worth having a troll with some 100mm lures in 1m – 4m depths for a few Tailor to.  For the Tailor Fishos the last couple of weeks have seen some good catches off the beach on Fraser in the 50-60cm range, Pillies doing the damage there, no surprises.  Once you have your feed why not try spinning for them with a metal slug on a light 6-12lb 7’ spin outfit, great fun on a bit of silly string.

Winter Whiting have been in pretty good numbers the last few weeks & fishing the mouth of Carlo, Kauri & Teebar Creeks have been producing.  The Squid have been out in numbers again with good numbers of Cuttlefish mixed in.  Now while they might be messier to clean, they are regarded as better eating by many.  Personally, I like my Squid tubes stuffed and baked and my Cuttlefish with a light coating of Salt & Sichuan Pepper and shallowed fried. 

A healthy Gold taken on fly by the owner on one of the TCB flats

With the Bream starting to school up to breed you should start to see the catch rate increase.  Worm, Squid & Prawns will work well but a nice Flesh Bait fed back down a burley trail should see you get the bite from the bigger models.  A favourite way I like to chase them is on the flats using small Stick baits and Poppers, like Sugapen, Ecooda Mini Pop & Burkley 3B Cranks. Working them slowly with big pauses can make for some pretty cool surface strikes.  Look for weed beds, rock bars or even slightly deeper channels on the flat using this method.  Keep an eye out to as there have been some nice Goldens cursing the flats.

Mat Cooper with a 14Kg Red on board Baitrunner

Offshore conditions have been great for most of month of July with light winds & small swell becoming a more regular occurrence.  The Crews pushing out wide have been treated to great catches of Pearlies, Snapper, & some good Reds around that 14kg mark.  In closer we have seen smaller Snapper, Morwong, Sweetlip & Cod filling the ice box.  There are still a few Longtails & Mackerel around in close, so it pays to have a Floater out the back as you never know what could be swimming by.

That’s all for now Crew & don’t forget that if you get on to a few, feel free to post a couple of pictures of your catch on our Facebook page

Or pop into the shop and have a good old brag to the boys about the one that didn’t get away.  We love talking fishing and love to hear you stories even if it did get away.

Find us at the Tin Can Bay Marina, Emperor St for all your boating and fishing needs.

Cheers & Tight Lines

The Chandlery Bait & Tackle

Jon with a nice Lipper caught on a recent TCB Fishing Club trip out on Keely Rose

June Fishing Report

G’day Folks,

Hope you are all well and staying warm.  It is starting to feel like winter is here at last and we all know what that means…?  That’s right, break out the Uggies & Beanies, get outside and catch a feed in the deep water.

For those that got offshore there have been good catches of Big Reds, Pearlies, Grass Emperor, good size Moses Perch and solid Amberjack being caught.  The AJs have been a common catch lately.  Although not looked at as a table fish, they are quite tasty if bled properly and cooked right.  If you don’t like eating them, they make a great sports fish.  Sounding up tightly packed bait schools is a good place to start.  Dropping a metal jig down through the school and retrieved in a twitching motion will work on AJs and the likes.  The Explores jigs rigged with BKK Twin Assist hooks are going to work a treat offshore this season.

Iris with a Cracker of an AJ from the 4 mile

The Snapper are starting to show up but not in huge numbers just yet.  Floating for Snapper seems to be a popular past time for most Fishos but they are also great fun on slow pitch jigs and plastics in the 3 – 5’’ sizes.  Come in and see the boys if you are keen to try something different this Snapper season.

13Kg Reddy caught on board Baitrunner on a recent trip.

Reports of Squid have been thick and fast the last couple of weeks and the standout jig of choice for most locals has been the YamashitA Egi Sutte R, 2.2 & 2.5 in Orange, Pink & Natural Prawn.  The usual spots have been firing, the mouth of Carlo, around Lady Woodward and we have also been told that between Big Mick and Kauri on the ledge has been a hotspot too.

With the dropping water temp the Bream should be showing up in good numbers and so should the Sand Crab.  Crabbing in the deeper water with fresh baits should see you take home a feed.  I tend to run a string and check them an hour later, if there are not Sandies in that area, I’ll move my pots on till I find a patch and get a feed.

There have also been some nice Flatties coming off the flats the last few weeks.  Using shallow running hardbodies like the Storm Slow Run 95’s has been working really well.  Burn the lure over the flat for a couple of meters then pause it and allow it to float up to the surface then burn it again.  Don’t worry if you are hitting the ground & kicking up the dust because that’s where our target lives.

Rio and a beautiful 88cm Girl released to breed again.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for our migrating southern friends if you are heading offshore.  We were fortunate enough to have a good size big one come right up to the boat and say hello a couple of times the other day at the Bar Reef.  I am always in awe when I see them swimming past and when you are in a 5m tinny you suddenly realise how small you really are.

That’s all for now Crew and we hope to see you on the water or in the shop soon & feel free to post a couple of pictures of your catch on our Facebook page,

Find us at the Tin Can Bay Marina, Emperor St for all your boating and fishing needs.

Cheers & Tight Lines

The Chandlery Bait & Tackle

Capt Jon with a nice AJ that was caught on a rare day off fishing with his son offshore of TCB

May Fishing Report

G’day Folks we trust you have all be keeping well, catching a few and dodging the rain that has still been a presence in the weather pattern.

So, what’s been on the chew the last few weeks.

Offshore Fishos took advantage early in the month with some stable weather and smaller swell to get out over the Bar.  They were treated to some solid Mackerel Schools & everyone was getting a feed of Spotties & Spanish.  Floating Pillies is always a sure fire way to get a feed.  For those that were feeling more energetic, casting Stick Baits like the Rapala Longcast SXRLS-14 & Williamson GFX Surface Pros into feeding schools resulted in the bigger fish being caught.  Casting Samaki Torpedo V2 slugs in 35gm/50gm has also been a winner, especially targeting the Spotties & Longtail Tuna.  Retro fitting these with an inline single hook will see you dropping less fish.  If you want any advice on retro fitting lures with single hooks pop in and see the boys in the shop & they will point you in the right direction.

Retro fitted singles are great for sports fish like this Mac Tuna

There have also been some quality catches of Reefies with some big Trout showing up on the closer grounds.  Pearlies, Snapper, Grass Emperor and Tuskfish all being caught in good numbers, but you need to be quick as the Taxman has been playing his role very well lately.

Harry Long with a cracker of a Coral Trout & a Lipper that wanted in on the action to

With all the rain we have been having it has slowed the squid up a little the past few weeks, but the rain is welcome, and I guess we would be complaining if it wasn’t…

Winter Whiting are now showing up in numbers.  Fishing the mouth of Carlo & Kauri Creek with Beach Worms or stripped Squid should see you catching a feed.  There are still plenty of Summer models around.  Fresh Yabbies fished on the rising tide on the flats have seen good numbers of fish caught, local Beach Worm has also been producing good fish.  Flatties & Bream have also been showing up in good numbers with the cooler waters.

Up the Straights there have been reports of a few Tuna schools kicking around.  Looking for cleaner water is the key for these fish.  Finding birds working, with fish busting up, and getting yourself in casting range should see you with a nice plate of Sashimi for your efforts.  Between Big Mick & The Bluff is still producing Spotty and Spanish Mackerel.  A few clued up Fishos have even been Jigging up Grassies & just legal Nannies using Vibes & Small Jigs on some of the rubble patches.  Keeping an eye on your sounder for broken bottom and then marking fish will work with this method.

All smiles on board Great Sandy Straits Sport Fishing with this ripper of a Long Tail from up in the Straits

If you are heading out to the dams, Bass should be on the radar. With the cooler water, you will need to sound up schooled up fish in the deeper water.  This will require the use of heavier Jig Heads, Spinner Baits & Flies.  The Keitech Swing Impact 3.5’’ in Gold Flash has been working well along with the Todd Vampire Flies in darker colours.

That’s all for now Crew & don’t forget that if you get on to a few, feel free to post a couple of pictures of your catch on our Facebook page,

Find us at the Tin Can Bay Marina, Emperor St for all your boating and fishing needs.

Cheers & Tight Lines

The Chandlery Bait & Tackle

Ed from Keely Rose getting it done.

April Fishing Report

Rain Rain Go Away!!!

So Easter 2019 was a wet and windy one, for a change…  That said it was to be expected really. 

With not too many weather windows offered in April for a chance to get over the WBB many anglers stuck to the creeks inside the straights for most of the month.

To say the Crabbing was good would be an understatement!!  Anglers keen to get on the water and chase a feed of Muddies found the crabs were on the march & rewarded with some solid numbers of A Grade Crabs being caught.  Setting your traps up in the shallows around the Mangroves with nice fresh bait was the winner.  Most punters have been averaging 3 to 4 legal crabs a pot.  The locals and the holiday makers all getting amongst it.

Mitch with a couple of A Graders

Even with the water temp dropping 3-4c in the last couple of weeks, Snapper & Kauri Crk have still been producing some good catches of Mangrove Jack in the high 40’s.  Smaller live baits and fresh strip baits have been the go for the cooler waters.  There were even reports of a few rat Barra in the upper reaches of Kauri Crk taking live baits also.  The creeks on the western side of Fraser have seen a few nice catches of both Blue & King Salmon and again the standout lure has been the Molix 3.5’’ RT Shad.  The welcome bycatch of Estuary Cod has also been mixed up with a few nice QLD Grouper being landed lately.  Don’t forget that the QLD Grouper is a No Take Species in Queensland, so a quick pic and back in the drink for them.

Peter Herbst with a cracker of a Queensland Grouper on a Molix 3.5 RT Shad

We have started to see some good Pelagics turn up in the bay around Big Mick & The Bluff in the last few weeks with the cooler water temps.  Trolling lures like Halco Laser Pros have been working well along with trolled Gar rigged with a nose cone and a squid skirt on a short length of single strand wire.  Don’t disregard the humble floated pilchard either.  The fisho’s in the know have been catching some great eating Spanish Mackerel up around the meter mark using this method.  Mixed in with the Spanish there have been some monster Queenfish well over a meter, GT’s and Longtails caught.

Nice Spanish from a recent charter out with Jon from
Great Sandy Straits Sports Fishing

We hope you all had a great Easter and were able to get amongst a few yourselves.

Also don’t forget that if you get on to a few, feel free to post a couple of pictures of your catch on our Facebook page, #thechandlerybaitntackle

Find us at the Tin Can Bay Marina, Emperor St for all your boating and fishing needs.

Cheers & Tight Lines

The Chandlery Bait & Tackle

March Fishing Report

Hi Everyone, hope you’ve all had a fantastic March.  The cooler nights have been lovely and we’ve had some stunning weather lately with light winds and plenty of sunshine in between a few wet days.  Let’s have a look at what’s been on the chew.

Fishos keen to get offshore and catch a feed have finally had a chance to get over The Bar.  There have been reports of good catches of Spanish around the 10kg mark on 190mm & 160mm deep divers like the Halco Laserpro & Williamson Speed Pro.  There’s been some great catches of Pearlies, Tuskfish & Grass Sweetlip in the past couple of weeks too.  Fresh Squid bait and Pillys are working well along with an assortment of Jigs & Soft Plastics

Lee with a nice Snapper taken on Soft Plastic

Mitch with a cracker of a Grassy!!

With the water temp still around 28-29c the creeks have been fishing well with good catches of Mangrove Jack being reported.  Fresh cut Flicker Mullet is proving to be the go-to bait.  The diehard lure fishos have also been holding their own when it comes to the Jacks.  Although a much harder target around Tin Can Bay on lures, with persistence, a viable option.  Smaller suspending hardbodies like the Lucky Craft Pointer 78XD and 3-4’’ plastics like the Molix 3.5’’ RT Shad rigged weedless, have been working well for people that spend the time peppering the snags.  Crabs have been plentiful this season with lots of A graders being caught.

With the cooler weather on the way we have even started to see some early season Squid turning up the last couple of weeks. Jigs around the 2 & 2.5 sizes working a treat.  Flatties are sure to start to fire up as well.  The 4’’ Easy Shiners & 3.5’’ Swing Impact from Keitech have proven to out fish most other plastic in the last few weeks. 

Keitech have been proving to be a standout plastic for Flatties

Anyway, we hope you all get a chance to get out and wet a line over the upcoming Easter break.  Don’t forget The Chandlery Bait & Tackle is your local boating and fishing store right here in Tin Can Bay. We are open 7 days a week offering a huge range of Fishing Tackle.  We’ve got bait, ice and on the water fuel available from our fuel wharf. Find us at the Tin Can Bay Marina, Emperor Street. For all your boating and fishing needs.

Cheers & Tight Lines


The Tuna have been loving the Molix RT Shads

Iris with a nice Tuskfish

Mitch was luck to land this Spanish
on 30lb fluro leader….
Chris with a nice Buck