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Be prepared with the right bait to get you a top catch

Bundaberg bait fishing
Nelson Phillips with a yellowtail kingfish.

BUNDABERG INSHORE

For the boats that want to get out over the weekend, the reefs in close aren’t looking too bad.

Good size grunter have been reported using large fresh prawns.

If you don’t mind a good feed of whiting, north of the Leeds and near the lighthouse spoil grounds is where most schools hold.

Using beach worms, cut up squid or even gulp worms will get you a feed. Always check the weather report before heading out.

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE

With the weather looking a bit average for the weekend, doing maintenance on the boat is the best option.

Put the new trailer bearings in, check on any rewiring, update your sounder and GPS.

These are just a couple of things to do to keep your investment in good working order.

Bundaberg bait fishing
Peter Miles onboard Truansea Charters with a nice red emperor he caught recently.

THE BURNETT RIVER

With the cool weather still upon us, the bigger flathead and bream are moving through the river. Using bigger baits like large prawns or mullet strips will get you the bigger fish.

For the lure fisho, drifting around the flats casting 3” to 4” soft plastics or small type vibe lures will put a feed in the boat. Once a fish is caught, drift over the same area as more fish may be around.

A few blue salmon have also been caught using vibe lures around the town reach or Fairymead Hole.

Squid are also moving in from the river mouth from the north wall to the marina.

Night-time is best for these as they are attracted by light.

Try your luck and have a squid jig rigged up for the next time you are out.

Also, don’t forget to have the cast net in the boat as there’s plenty of large prawns in the Burnett at the moment. It’s a smorgasbord of activity!

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK

Winter in these two systems are basically the same as most.

Good bream, flathead and the odd grunter have been caught recently. The persistent angler is also catching a few jack.

Live or fresh bait is best.

Bundaberg bait fishing
Beau Britton with a large mouth Nannygai.

LAKE MONDURAN

Fishing Lake Monduran through winter can be tough for most, but with doing a bit of homework before going up to the dam can make a difference.

Having a map of the dam, checking and marking out bays that the wind is heading into can save a lot of time.

This can be why some bays and points fish better than others, as wind direction is favourable. Casting suspended lures in these areas for a longer period of time with patience and persistence, will put the game in your favour.

Keep on casting, Shane Anderson
Tackle World Bundaberg

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