Sunset At The Pin
One of the amazing sunsets that bevb and I, have seen from our camping and fishing spot at Jumpinpin.
The Jumpinpin channel lies between North Stradbroke Island and South Stradbroke Island. It has a fast moving tidal deep water Channel not appropriate for swimming but is popular with beach anglers.
The Pin area first broke through a section of Stradbroke Island in 1896 after a big storm. The bar created then was about 700 metres wide. This is the first record of a breakthrough at Jumpinpin, but may have happened several times previously.
The bar area is shallow for a kilometre or so offshore so current local knowledge is required to safely transit the bar.
The area around the ‘Pin is constantly changing with sand being deposited in one place after being moved by currents from another area. Just recently the mouth of Swan Bay was moved several hundred metres seaward creating an entirely new boating area.
The area is not really suitable for swimming as big tides and fast currents are the norm. Inland from the bar the Pin area consists of mangroves and mud banks, constantly being built up and then being washed away. In recent years Rat Island, The Mud Clump and Squire Island have disappeared.
The ‘Pin is famous for fishing with huge catches of Bream, Flathead, Whiting, Luderick, Tailor and Trevally being made in season. Numerous Mulloway have been caught here.
A few kilometres to the west of the bar an area known locally as Lew’s Folly, produces large quantities of bream & flathead in season.
Other areas famous for their bream and flathead catches are Whalley’s Gutter, Tiger Mullet Channel and Tree Gone Bay
Access is only by boat, however 4WD vehicles can access the southern tip of North Stradbroke Island, but the beach fishing is limited here.