Tin Can Bay crewy Craig and his offsider Austin walked the flats at tools down for this flatty and bream.
Tin Can Bay Buzzing with Fish and Crabs
December 18, 2015
School holidays are now in full swing and there is less than a week until Christmas the area is buzzing with plenty of visitors to the Cooloola region and numbers will only increase as the week goes on.
Over the past week there have been plenty of mud crabs being caught throughout the bay along with the odd sandy. With the increased traffic on the waterways over the coming weeks be mindful that there will also be an increased presence of QLD Boating & Fisheries Patrol officers doing inspection. Before departing do a quick inspection of all your safety gear to insure it is in serviceable condition and that flares etc are in date. Also make sure you have the latest information on size and take limits as well as crabbing rules and green zone maps. If your after a copy of the responsible crabbing brochure and green zone maps make sure you stop past the store to pick up your free copy. For smart phone users it will also be worth downloading the QLD Fisheries app from iTunes it contains the latest fish identification along with size and take limits for QLD.
The fishing has been pretty good over the last week and despite some ordinary weather last weekend there was still a few decent fish being caught including mangrove Jack, cod, bream, whiting and flathead. The close in reefs off Rainbow Beach have been producing quality squire and sweetlip at present. These reefs are easily accessible via kayak or small vessels launched off the beach. However care should be taken if you are not experienced with beach launches. Low tides around mid morning this weekend should provide an opportunity to head down the beach to Double Island Point.
With Mudlo rocks being covered in sand beach conditions are pretty good at the moment however you should always check first as conditions change daily. Try fishing the beach for bream, dart, whiting and flathead.
The weekend ahead looks pretty good with ESE winds on Saturday to 10knots before switching to Easterly on Sunday. Try areas such as Carlo Creek, Snapper Creek, Bullock Point or the western side of Fraser to escape the wind.
Don’t forget to stop past the shop for any last minute Christmas gift ideas or even a few stocking stuffers. Will try and get a report together for next Thursday for the latest information for the Christmas long weekend. Until next time stay safe on the water.