With Jim’s Bait and Tackle

EASTER 2021! As I write this on Sunday afternoon, it would appear we are going to make it this year but as we all know between now, Sunday and Friday, there is plenty of time for things to change – Queensland has just proved that.

Let’s look at it from a positive side and all is well, minimal restrictions, weather forecast couldn’t be any better and the fish are still around, both in the bay and offshore.

Over the long weekend we will extend our hours and open every day, – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday – at 6am for those who want an early start. Don’t forget daylight savings finishes on Sunday as well.

After Easter, we will slowly go to our winter hours, especially once the school holidays finish, opening later every day and closing mid-week, just keep an eye on our Facebook page for current hours.

Doesn’t mean the fishing will finish and, as most who fish here all the time know, this can be some of the best fishing days for the year with a variety of fish available.

Easter weekend also means there is plenty happening and it is no different this year. Everybody in San Remo is open and with the good weather the commercial boats will have arrived back with plenty of fresh fish for the restaurants to serve up.

The Co-op has been able to restart the pelican feeding and if you haven’t been here before it is on every day at the jetty from about midday.

Looking for something to take in the sights while raising money for the Royal Children’s Hospital? Then the George Bass Walk for the Kids is on Good Friday, registrations from 8am at the San Remo Hotel or quickly visit and see us, and we can give you more details. There are two walks to be involved in, the George Bass Coastal Walk and for those with kids, prams, or mobility issues there is a walk around town which is also a trivia walk where you answer questions and find clues – then drop your entry into the box to win an Easter hamper.

Then there is the big event in town, we think so anyway, our Easter fishing competition where, like the George Bass Walk, 100 per cent of your entry money goes to the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal.

Both of these events rely heavily on sponsorship and it’s because of this sponsorship that 100 per cent of the entry can be donated. We have had more sponsors come on board this week and there will be a few more spot prizes given away. One entry has already won by getting in early and congratulations to Marie Bursill who won the $100 voucher to the Watermark restaurant at Silverwater.

We are well on target to break our last donation of $2850 with just on 100 entries received so far but the best part is it’s almost a 50-50 split between adults and kids, exactly what we designed this competition for, the family having a bit of fun together over the Easter break.

I mentioned sponsors before, and we have been overwhelmed this year with the support we have received and have now almost $9000 in prizes. About half of that amount will be given away just for entering with our hourly random entry draws. Something we have added this year is we will have two auctions, open to anybody, Wednesday and Thursday, there will be no reserve and they are valued at over $300 each. You can enter the competition until 2pm on Good Friday, drop into the shop or give us a call.

Not a lot of fishing this week with some less than favourable weather keeping most at home finishing off those chores before the Easter/school holidays break. It was typical of a week before a long weekend where we find most only head down if the weather is perfect, something we certainly didn’t have which also kept most locals indoors.

There was someone fishing though, and we did get a handful of reports. The whiting on the San Remo side of the bay is still a little patchy and frustrating but the reports from the Rhyll side were quite good and more consistent in size and the bags were better in number – that was only a small handful of reports, though.

We have seen a couple of bags of snapper and caught up with a couple of customers that have had some success over the last month of good snapper/pinkies from 36cm to 50cm.

The majority of the fish were caught after dark except for one customer who told us he has had a couple of bags all caught during daylight. He said he was fishing across the corals and finding a spot with very little weed, which has been a problem of late in the channels, but he only fished one hour either side of the tide change and used plenty of berley. Fresh caught couta and tuna for bait while others caught theirs on the usual squid and pilchards.

There seems to be plenty of salmon on the surf beaches, but the problem is of the dozen reports we got, they told us a dozen different times of the tide so anybody’s guess.

The same was on the jetties with a handful of reports coming in just from all over the place. There were a few sightings of whiting swimming under the San Remo jetty but, as usual, if you can see them your chances of actually catching them is almost zero.