The offshore forecast for the Bundaberg area for the weekend is looking good at this point, however it’s definitely a good idea to look at the updated forecast before heading out. With the small tides and leading up to the full moon the fishing should be awesome! The deep should be fishing really well with very little run in the tides. Mullet fillets and fresh flesh baits are always good baits, and don’t forget the pilchards because the trout in the shallows should be on with the water temperature warming up. Before heading out, drop in store and grab some bait and ice. Our ice is fully cured – harder and tougher – before sale at -15°C in our new freezer room.
The inshore reefs should be on this weekend. There’s been plenty of grass sweetlip and grunter being caught. The effective baits are pilchards and prawns. Make sure you use light weights on your bait. Big sinkers are not needed with the small tides that we have this weekend. The school mackerel can’t be too far away so make sure you have a couple of flasher spoons in the tackle box in case you come across a school of them.
THE BURNETT RIVER
The Burnett River is starting to fire up! With the water temperature warming up quickly the barra and jack are starting to get stirred up, and the Town Reach is always a good place to start trying for them. Using hard body lures and vibe-style lures is always a hot way to target them. Also using live baits can be an effective and relaxing way to target them. There’s also plenty of blue salmon and grunter in the river so there’s a high chance of catching them as a bycatch while chasing your barra and jacks.
The Elliot has been fishing very well for your whiting, flathead and bream. Fishing the incoming tide with fresh yabbies and small prawns is a great way to target them. Also throwing a live bait out the back would be a good idea in case of a mangrove jack or barra cruising through.
BAFFLE CREEK AND THE KOLAN RIVER
The Baffle and the Kolan are starting to warm so chasing your jack and barra will be a great idea. Fishing the bottom and the top of the tide is always the best bite times. Your hard body lures and Samaki 20g vibes are again a very effective way to chase them, not to forget about your live baiting techniques though. Also there’s really good reports of grunter and flathead being caught so dropping the size of your leader on your vibe-style lures isn’t a bad idea to make the smaller fish bite.
Lake Monduran will be well worth a go with these northerly winds starting to kick in. The water temperature is rising more and more everyday so the fishing up there should start really firing up. Early morning and late afternoon will be your best bite times. Drop in to see us instore and we’ll show you the favourite colours in the Jackall Squirrels that they are running up there!
Till next time, keep it real