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.

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