It looks like we just might be in with a good chance to get offshore from Bundaberg this weekend! With the big tides, the trout and red throat emperor should be super active. I reckon if you’re in the shallows early either Saturday or Sunday morning you’ll be in for some fun action. If you want to chase reds in the deep I’d definitely be aiming to fish the tops and bottoms of the tides. High tide will be around 9.30am and low tide will be at 4pm on Saturday. Remember to check always the updated forecast before heading out.
With the big tides this weekend there should be plenty of bait getting around, which should stir the mackerel right up. I’d be focusing on fishing towards Elliott Heads way to find the clearer water. Anchoring on the Cochrane Artificial Reef and dropping lightly-weighted pilchards down on gang hooks will get you into some exciting action. I like setting a pilchard out the back then throwing soft plastics and 20g vibes up-current and working them back on the bottom with the tide. You will catch plenty of different species of fish with that technique.
THE BURNETT RIVER
The Burnett has been producing some ripper mud crabs over the past week! People have been catching an awesome feed all throughout the river. The mangrove jack and flathead haven’t been disappointing either. Most of these fish have been caught towards the bottom of low tide over the rock bars and around the jetties. Slow-rolling paddle-tail soft plastics and setting live baits out will see you with a good chance of getting into the action.
BAFFLE CREEK AND THE KOLAN RIVER
Again, the crabs are on the move in the Baffle and Kolan systems. It will be well worth a go to chuck the crab pots in this weekend with the full moon tides. The bigger tides are in the mornings so make sure you have your pots in soaking for that tide. The mangrove jack and queenfish have been in full flight as well. Most of these fish have been caught on Lucky Craft Pointers and Halco poppers. Don’t forget to pack the whiting gear because there’s been plenty of these tasty little critters getting around on the shallow sand bars towards the mouth.
The Lake Monduran barra are turning into proper beasts of fish! With plenty being caught over 80cm now you want to be on your game to get them out of the timbers. Getting there for the early morning bite is a wise move and gives you a good chance because that’s when these fish are most active over these hot summer days. Jackall Squirrels have again been doing the damage. Don’t be scared to fish the slightly deeper spots because that’s where the cooler water will be.
Till next time,
Keep it real