Tin Can Bay
Neil Moy scored a solid 71cm Fraser Coast coral trout.

Top times in Tin Can Bay

G’day crew, I trust you’ve been keeping well and enjoying the beautiful crisp mornings, blue-sky days and cold nights of the past few weeks. Tin Can Bay

It sure is time to break out the Uggies and beanies – it is getting cold!

On the note of beanies, you should pop in to the shop to see our new beanies, they look great and will keep your head toasty warm – be it around the campfire or while out on the boat enjoying our beautiful waterways, and at $24.95 each, they won’t break the bank.

Tin Can Bay
Heath Mick with a fatty of a cod – fish was released.


So, what was being caught over the past month in Tin Can Bay?

Well, it would nearly be criminal of me if I didn’t start off by letting you know that squid are on.

There were some cracker reports of fishos catching good numbers and decent-sized squid for the past few weeks and this is surely going to only get better with the onset of winter knocking at our door.

The usual spots have been firing recently and most squid were coming from the deeper parts of the channel.

Amber Moy hooked a pearl perch on a recent trip offshore.


Drifting around the moored boats out the front of the Snack Shack mid-tide was a winner, as too were the leads near Carlo Point, but the powerlines were very hit and miss.

The old paternoster rig with a jig about .4m off the bottom is always a winner in Tin Can Bay.

For the more energetic fisho, casting ahead of your drift and using a small #1 or #2 running ball sinker will also catch you a good feed.

As usual, there were good catches of winter whiting in the mix too, with reports coming from the moored boats and also out the front of Tinnanbar and around the mouth of Kauri Creek.

Wakely Janssen with his first ever lure-caught flathead.


A number of decent school-sized flathead were around – plenty of duskies in the 40-55cm range and plagues of bartail flatties too.

We’ve given some of the new lures in the shop a little ‘product testing’ over the past few weeks and were impressed with what we’ve been catching.

The new Biwaa Curly Grub scored their fair share of fish and not only flatties, with the two stand-out colours so far being Kaleido Star and Pink Ice.

Also new to the shop is the Pro Lure V42 Blade.

These lures are small but deadly and have accounted for some great fish – from small snapper, cod, golden trevally, whiting and a couple of nice flathead.

It’s been years since I personally threw a metal vibe around and, after the past couple of weeks, I don’t know why I haven’t used them more in the estuaries – they simply catch fish!

Sometimes, the old saying of ‘elephants eat peanuts’ is so true.


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