The offshore forecast for the Bundaberg area is looking amazing for the weekend! With the full moon being next Monday, the fishing will be hot. The reds should be firing in the deep and the trout should be chewing in the shallows. I’d be chasing reds in the morning on the smaller tide and smacking the trout and red throat emperor in the afternoon when that full moon tide is in full swing. Remember to fish with the lightest sinkers as possible because it’ll improve your bite massively.
The inshore weather should be pretty perfect this weekend. I’d definitely start focusing on the snapper with the full moon approaching. Throwing all sizes of soft plastic’s will get them to chew. Most of your hits will be on the drop so make sure your always paying attention and be ready to strike at all times. You’ll also come across some big grunter while chasing the snapper, and I usually run 25lb leader so you’ll still get the bite from them. Don’t forget to put a live bait out the back because there’s still plenty of Spanish mackerel getting around.
THE BURNETT RIVER
The blue salmon are in the river in massive numbers. The best bite time is definitely on the dead low. Throwing soft and hard vibes is definitely the way to go to get the bite. The whiting should definitely be on the chew as well. Using beach worms and fresh yabbies is the deadly way to target them. Fishing the afternoon incoming tide will be the time to chase the tasty buggers. Also there’s been some reports of big jewfish getting around towards the mouth and they are an awesome fish to chase. They are definitely one of the hardest-fighting fish around.
THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
Both the Kolan River and Baffle have been fishing really well. There’s even been some nice-sized mangrove jack being caught. They are mostly being caught on Jackall Squirrels with lighter leader than normal because of the clear water they are experiencing in those systems at the moment. There’s also been plenty of queenfish action towards the mouths so don’t forget the poppers because the queenies are a whole lot of fun to catch while they are surface feeding.
Even with these cooler days we’ve been experiencing the barra are still on the chew. With the full moon approaching this weekend the bite should be really good. Jackall Squirrels and 20g soft vibes will be again the standout lures. Don’t forget to target them in the shallows because that’s where they will be most active. Fishing into the night with surface lures could get them fired up as well.
Till next time
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