The crappy weather has continued to plague us this past week with only a handful of reports coming through. Mangrove jack have been coming from the creeks along with a few nice cod with a mix of both hard & soft lures doing the trick. The most popular colour choice has been white. Barra season has started off well with several nice fish being taken in the bay along with a few more stories of the ones that got away. It pays to make sure your gear is up for the task when chasing Barra as there is nothing worse than losing that trophy fish due to tackle failure. It’s well worth beefing up the trebles on your hard bodies from the standard ones from factory to something a little more robust. If your using soft plastics choose the jig heads with heavy duty hooks like the TT Headlockz XH or the Evolution HD range.
Crabs have been active with several reports of people coming back with a feed of muddies. Upside has been the recent publicity by Fisheries QLD regarding the fines for those caught tampering with someone else’s crab pots. On the spot fines of $1100 for those caught interfering with crabbing gear you didn’t set. This is great news & hopefully it is enforced heavily around holiday/peak seasons. Looking at the weekend ahead & yet again Saturday appears to be the pick despite the forecast predicting light morning showers we are expected to get light winds from the SE early in the morning before kicking up to about 7-8knots ESE around mid-morning & continuing through the afternoon. Sunday’s forecast is for 6-8knot winds from the SE all day. In these conditions fishing the open waters of the bay is still possible although it’s best to find sheltered areas like the creeks or further south between the power lines at Seary’s Ledge down to Poverty Point. Until next time stay safe on the water. Jim @ Tin Can Bay Boat Hire.