Saturday shaping up for cracker day of fishing

Isaac Schipper caught this nice cos offshore on Tuesday.
Isaac Schipper caught this nice cod offshore on Tuesday.

Looks like the Bundaberg area might be in for a cracker fishing day on Saturday! With the lead up to the full moon the fishing should be red hot.

Bundaberg offshore

I’d be fishing the deep in the morning on the smaller tides, then heading up into the shallows in the afternoon to chase the red throat emperor and trout.

Using big baits out deep is always the way to go.

Getting through the hussar bites and waiting for the big load-up is exciting as it gets. For the shallows, pilchards are a hard bait to beat.

Using light sinkers to make the bait look more natural is definitely something to keep in mind. Don’t forget to check the updated forecast before heading out because as you know, it can change at any moment.

Bundaberg inshore

The inshore reefs on Saturday should be a full glass-out with the light south-westerly winds forecast. The snapper should be in full swing by now!

Throwing 20g soft vibes and 5” soft plastics should do the damage. Remember, following the bait even on the most scattered ground is the way to find the trophy fish schooled up.

Don’t be scared to drop your leader all the way down to 15lb as sometimes that can make all the difference.

There will also be some cracker grunter around as a by-catch.

If you’re into bait fishing, then floating down pilchards and squid will produce the goods.

Rock fishing

With the south-westerly winds forecast the conditions will be perfect for rock fishing this weekend.

We’ve had a few lucky customers catching some awesome pelagic fish around the Butchers Rock area lately. Throwing slugs and poppers early in the mornings and late afternoons is the way to go.

Floating out live baits with the westerly wind can get super-exciting too!!

Burnett River

The blueys are still on in the Burnett! Fishing for them right on the bottom of the low tide is definitely the time to target them.

Aggressively hopping 20g vibes off the bottom will get the bite.

They are still schooled up pretty well in the Town Reach just across from the Riverside Parklands.

With lead-up to the full moon it will be well worth fishing the afternoon incoming tide for whiting.

There were some absolute rippers caught in the VMR Family Fishing Classic during the last new moon!

Kolan River and Baffle Creek

There has been some monster flathead caught in both the Kolan and Baffle systems over the past week. Using bigger soft plastics such as the 7” Gulp has been out-fishing the smaller baits.

The bigger plastics will get the jewfish chewing as well, not to forget about the stonker bream!

Most of these fish have been caught on the tops and bottoms of the tide on shallow rock bars.

Don’t be shy on using a slightly bigger hook because some of these fish are weighing over 1kg.

Lake Monduran

Lake Monduran is still producing the goods. With the moon phase this weekend it should give you an extra bit of confidence.

Fishing the shallow weed beds will definitely be where it’s at. It would pay to work hardbody lures and vibes very aggressively to get the barra moving.

Again, I think fishing the afternoon will be the time to target them.

Till next time
Mitch Beyer
Tackle World Bundaberg