April Fishing Report

Righto let’s talk Covid 19 for a bit and all the doom and gloom that it has bought to the world the last few months….


Nar bugger that, let’s talk about how good the fishing has been the last few weeks!!!
I’m not too sure where to start really?  The fishing has all been pretty good, inshore, offshore, Whiting, Flathead, Tuna, Crabs, Spanish, Squid…. As I write this even the weather has been playing the game the last couple of weeks.  Cool nights, warm days and clear skies have been very welcome. With everyone doing the right thing and staying in their local areas & the water ways around TCB have been a bit quieter the last few weeks. The water in The Bay is still a little green from all the rain we had, but the rain seems to have really helped things fire up this month.

Good reports of Summer and Winter Whiting have been coming in thick and fast with one customer catching a few true elbow slapping 42cm Summeries earlier in the month.  Fresh Yabbies and our locally caught Worms have been working a treat on the Summer Whiting.  Fishing the last couple of hours of the runout tide at Norman Point has been a bit of a hot spot for some anglers. Fishing the making tides around the mangroves before they flood has also been producing. There have been some nice lizards getting caught in both of those situations and also some stud Bream in the mix. I have been having a good run catching a few Flatties on fly while fishing the last hour of the ebb tide and the 1st couple of hours of the flood tide in the late arvo after work while walking the drop off. I was socially isolated and caught a nice feed for the family.

Mal Kay got his ripper of a Spotty at the start of the month.


The Squid are starting to show up in numbers and I’m sure most of you know the likely spots to go to have a crack. Maybe try the dead stick technique next time you are out. Rig a jig with no extra weight & cast it out the back of your drift and only a couple of meters down in the water column. This is a sure-fire way to pick up the hooked Squid’s mate that follows him up, with all the commotion going on and it will increase your catch rate.


There are still Muddies being caught in good numbers and good sizes. Getting up the creeks and giving the pots a good soak with good fresh bait is working the best. The Sandies should start to become more active now and the amount of Sand Crabs I have been seeing in the shallows while walking back in the afternoon is a sign that this season they should be thick!

Amber showing the boys how it’s done on a recent trip


Offshore fishos have also been cleaning up the last few weeks. We have been seeing some great catches of Scarlets, Grassies, Tuskfish, Jew and RTE. A lot of the good catches have all been coming from the closer grounds inside that 4-10nm zone. The bigger fish have been quite susceptible to a well-presented live bait, that’s if you can find them. They have been a little hit and miss the last few weeks & the Spotties have been playing havoc with bait jigs lately, a full string soon turns to no weight at all. The FAD has been producing small to medium sizes Dollies. Small stickbaits, 4-5 inch soft plastics or flies should work for them. If not, try trolling Christmas trees or small skirted lures past at about 6-8knts and if all else fails, try pumping a burley trail and feeding unweighted pillies back into the FAD to see if that gets you hooked up.

Ed with a thumper of a Red at 22Kg on the scales


There are loads of pods of Tuna outside the WBB still with a mixture of Longtails & Mac Tuna and there have been some big Longies hanging around Inskip and Big Mick. At 10kg+ they make for a good bit of fun on medium/heavy spin gear (30lb) or a 10wt fly rod. I recently got a nice 105cm, 11kg on the long wand. Our local guide Jon put the hooks in to a 116cm fish a couple of days before drifting live baits between the WBB and Inskip. Did I mention that they make beautiful Sashimi?
The Spanish have been out in numbers further up the beach from all reports and 15-18kg fish have been getting caught in good numbers. Slow trolled live baits and skirted Gars working well for the boys. One of the local crew even got a 35kg at the start of the month. And yes, we saw the picture of the scales so it wasn’t just a story, it was a slob of a Spanish.

Nice 11kg Longtail on 20lb tippet


Well that is it from me this month Crew, stay safe, stay healthy and keep washing those hands. We hope you all get out for an essential fishing trip in the coming weeks and catch a feed for the family.


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


Chris


Cheers & Tight Lines

Winner Winner!!!
Rylan Day took out the April Fishing Photo Comp with this cracker of a Trout.

February Fishing Report

G’day Crew,

Hope you have all been staying dry the last few weeks with the downpours we’ve been having.  But honestly how good has this rain been, good for the sea and great for the land, bring it on!!  On the topic of rain didn’t TCB cop a proper washdown at the start of the month 350mm+ in the space of a couple of days and then there was follow up rain for the rest of the month.  Now that the creeks have received a good flushing out things should start to fire up again.

Rain hail or shine the Mangrove Jacks have been on the chew and the local Jack fishos are saying this is one of the best years they have seen in the last four or five.  Fresh Mullet strips and smaller live bait seem to be the key for most anglers in the dirty water.  We have seen some good fish coming from the heavy structure in Snapper Creek, Teebar & of course Kauri has also been producing.  As I write this there are still a couple of weeks of fishing left in our 2020 Mangrove Jack Fishing Competition.  The comp is in full swing and competitors have until midday the 29th of February to enter fish.  Most of the anglers have been able to upgrade their bag quickly and get extra points.  The competition for top spot is close at the moment and looks like it’ll be won on time of fish registration.  So stay tuned to find out who takes out the comp.

Mitch pulling an all nighter for the comp

Those who did braved the weather got stuck into a few and not just Jacks.  Up the creeks we have seen an explosion of small Poddies & Gar getting around and this is a welcome sight.  Cod and Bream seem to have been around in good numbers and sizes.  Grunter have still been on the menu for most Fishos and the better catches have come from fishing the evening tides, with Squid baits working the best.

Shawn getting on the scoreboard for the 2020 Mangrove Jack Comp

February has seen the Crabs getting flushed out too.  Plenty of customers have reported good catches of Bucks, the flats and the drop-offs have been the places to catch a feed.  Fresh bait and a good soak over a tide is the go.  Mitch got out in the middle of the down pour with a couple of mates and managed to get a good feed over a few days at the start of the month. 

Anymore than a handful is a waste they say… Not this time!!

Don’t forget that the bag limit changed for Muddies on the 1st of September 2019 and is now 7 per person or 14 per boat with two or more people on board.  In the coming weeks we are due a run of Prawns and the rain will have only helped the cause.  Sounding around the deeper water should see you come up trumps in places like Browns.  We did get a few reports of some nice Prawns coming out of Crab Creek in the middle of the month.

The end of January and the start of February saw the offshore fishing producing the goods.  There were some ripper Snapper around, in good numbers and good sizes.  Most of the Snapper that have been getting caught have been well over the 800mm mark. 

Ray got this proper Knobbie on a recent trip out with Ed from Keely Rose

The charter guys also found some quality Reds not too far from home mixed in with the Snapper.  Good catches of Tuskies, Pearlies, Red Throat & Spangled Emperor, Cobia, AJs & Spanish kept the rods buckled.

Cole with a Spangled from a recent trip out jigging metals.

Schools of small Tuna have been popping up everywhere out wide so it would pay to have a Halco Twisty rigged and ready on a 20lb spin outfit.  I am a big fan of retro fitting a single hook off the back instead of trebles.  I find the hook up rate higher and if you are releasing the fish, a little more humane and quicker to get out of the fish and yourself, if you’re that unlucky…

That’s about it for now Crew so till next time tight lines and we will see you on the water or in the shop.

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

Cheers & Tight Lines

Chris

WINNER WINNER!!! Mitch Martin Taking out the February Fishing Photo Comp!!
Young Harry has been getting a few nice Reds lately

January Fishing Report

G’day Crew hope you have all been getting out and wetting line this past month.  How good was the rain we got mid month, saved me washing the car for another six months.

I know I said it last month but to say the Mangrove Jack are on fire at the moment would be an understatement!!  Now if you thought December’s catches were up there with the numbers and quality, January is giving it a touch up that’s for sure.  Kauri has been producing the goods and fishos have been catching fish from just under legal size to the well and truly legal high 40s.  It’s great to see such a range of fish being caught in out system.  It shows that they are breading well and there is a healthy population in our local water ways.  Carlo & Bullock Point boat ramps have also been hot spots especially for the land based fishers.  Mixed in with the Jacks there have been some pretty impressive Barra bycatch and the fish that we were shown looked to be all over a meter mark (fish were all reported to have been release.) 

Wyatt Lee with an entry into the 2020 Mangrove Jack Comp

Speaking of Barra as of the 1st of February Barra are now back on the cards for a target species.  Here’s hoping that we see some good catches in The Bay this year.  There are more Barra here than most people know.  If you actively target them & fish for them in their prime bite times and put in the hard yards I’m sure you will be rewarded in the long run.  Feel free to pop in and have a chat if want to get out and chase a few Barra this season.

Besides the very welcome rain we had in January we also got some cracker days on the water and the fishing didn’t disappoint.  Mackerel made an appearance offshore in numbers and everyone capitalised on them.  Spanish and Spotties were all on the menu.  While in good numbers the average sizes of Spanish were around the 8kg mark with a few bigger models in the mix also.  The trick has been to get them past the Shark which seem to be in plagues at present.  Good catches of mixed reef fish filled the eskies with Tuskies, Trout, Pearlies, Grass Emperor and some solid Reds all coming home for dinner.

Megan With a nice Snapper from a recent trip on Keely Rose

We had a lot of holiday makers come through the shop the last couple of months reporting good catches of Squid.  Not in the numbers that we see in Winter but most days consisted of double figures.  Most of the action was from around the Carlo cardinal marker when the tide had some movement to it. The ever loved YamashitA jigs were again a popular choice with the punters.

Mitch has got Crabs again….

Mud Crabs are also on the menu now.  The quality of the crabs we have been seeing in the last few weeks are A grade.  The better crabs have been coming from up on the flats.  The catches in the creeks seem to be smaller empty C grade crabs.  If you are unsure on how to tell the difference between an A grade crab & an empty crab swing in and see us and we can run you through a few pointers to get the crabs with the best yield.

We have not had too many reports of flathead and whiting this month, maybe it’s because everyone seems to be out hunting Jacks while the going is good…

On that note, our Mangrove Jack competition is in full swing now and the race to the top is tight.  1st & 2nd place is likely to come down to the time the fish was registered.  So sit tight and we will announce the winners next month as the comp runs till the 29th of February. 

That’s about it for now Crew so till next time take it easy and get outside and wet a line.

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

Cheers & Tight Lines

Chris

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WINNER WINNER!!!!! Lester Cross took out the January Photo Comp with the cracker of a photo!!
Rae has been getting a few the last few weeks also
Karl on board Keely Rose with a beautiful Red Emperor

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

Chris

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

Chris

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.

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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

https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/activities/boating-fishing/rec-fishing/rules.

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

WINNER WINNER!!!
October Fishing Photo Comp “Winner” Was Amber Browning with a nice Mackerel caught trolling around Big Mick.
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Find us at the Tin Can Bay Marina, Emperor St for all your boating and fishing needs.

Cheers & Tight Lines

Chris

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

WINNER WINNER!!!
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

Chris

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 https://www.facebook.com/thechandlerybaitandtackle/

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, https://www.facebook.com/thechandlerybaitandtackle/

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
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