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


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