with Jim’s Bait and Tackle

Don’t let the stress of what’s happening around you get you down too much, do your bit and let others do what they see as right for them and let’s just get on with living.

While we understand money is tight, you can get into fishing for very little cost and there is no comparison, especially right now.

The latter will most definitely be far better for your mental health.

Sadly, I think the biggest toll from the last 18 months or so is still to come when the mental strain hits many people, in many different ways.

Next time you go into your local shop and things don’t quite seem right, maybe spend an extra five minutes from your day and have a chat.

While the last 18 months may not have had any effect on you, that five minutes might just be all someone else needs to get through.

I am certainly no expert in this field but if you are the person who needs to have a chat make sure you reach out early, a five-minute phone call or visit to someone might make a massive difference to your wellbeing.

The bay is currently alive everywhere with all sorts of fish, bait fish, big fish, small fish, crabs and all things in-between.

One thing for certain is it’s definitely spring, it’s the early weeks where the water comes up in temperature (currently between 12.8 and 14), we see those four seasons in one day and the fish reports reflect the weather.

Then for some reason the tap is turned on and all of a sudden, it all changes and schools of fish start to thicken up and we have several texts a day with reports.

Everything continued along a similar path to the last few weeks with all expected species reported, but with a slight increase in numbers due to the run of very good weather.

What didn’t change is trying to work out where to fish and from the reports it was even more confusing.

We had reports again of snapper in the shallows, the deep, the fast-moving channels and 100s on the sounder resulting in no fish at all.

The water temperature hasn’t settled yet and it reflects in the movement of the snapper.

It won’t be long and they will fire up, but until then the best advice is just keep trying your favourite spots, but try all of your favourite snapper spots not your favourite October spots.

The quantity of quality and the variety of sizes and areas we have seen so far is suggesting that once they fire up, there will be plenty for all.

If you are going to target whiting and calamari, good luck, and I would suggest harnessing as much luck from somewhere as you can.

Like the snapper we had some very good reports and like the snapper they were from everywhere.

Whiting customers are slowly adjusting to the no pippies and that is getting a lot of the blame but in reality, it’s just as simple as the old 50 – 5 rule, 50m off or five minutes late.

I wouldn’t put a lot of wasted time into blaming the baits because we are getting plenty of people reporting whiting in the same spot.

Calamari are the same with some blaming the colour of the jig or not having a baited jig to use but you are just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

We are still early in the season, and I always suggest, especially in the boats, take plenty of variety of colour and always have a baited jig set up ready to go.

The quality of the whiting this week continued to outdo the quantity, which I think is always favourable to be that way.

We would like to thank everyone for their patience over the last few months while we were rearranging the shop, and appreciate the positive feedback on the new layout.

This time of year we get a lot of our stock deliveries for the summer, which is helping to fill up the shelves.

While there is still a lot of desired regular products stuck somewhere between here and there, we also have a lot of new products.

We have expanded our range of stock, almost 50 new stock lines, and introduced our customers to some really good alternatives as some of their favourite products may not be available for a while.

“Pippies” real South Australian ones are still not available, speaking with our suppliers again this week and the news isn’t good if the rumours are correct.

The quotas will be cut even further, their season not due to start until the end of October.

Do yourself a favour and start getting used to using alternative baits, mussels, squid, pilchard fillet.

Now the days are getting longer, warmer and the fish are starting to show we will be going back to opening seven days a week, 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and 7am to 5pm weekends.

We will extend the hours as the season goes on but if you want an earlier start or running a bit late, give us a call there is every chance we will be here.

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