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Fresh, live bait key to catching the big fish

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Chris Gear with a 17lg Cobia he caught offshore recently.

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE

The weather this coming few days looks the goods for the anglers who want to head out.

Red emperor, coral trout, hussar, and sweetlip have all been caught offshore lately.

Fresh and live baits have been the key to catching the bigger fish.

A personal favourite method of mine is floating the baits down on a smaller sinker.

Be sure to always check the weather before heading out!

BUNDABERG INSHORE

There has been some school mackerel caught in the last week using pilchards by floating them behind the back of the boat and also trolling hardbody lures.

There has been some snapper caught as well.

The early morning before the sun comes up and as the sun is setting has been producing the best bites.

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Luke Truant with a huge Red Emperor he caught on Truansea Charters off Bundaberg recently.

BURNETT RIVER

The river is fishing well with a good amount of flathead being caught from the town reach to the mouth.

If you are chasing flathead, whiting and bream, the sand flats at this time of the year are a good place to look.

All three species are chasing the bait that get up on the flats looking for the warm water.

One of the best baits to use is a fresh yabbie or mullet fillet and drift over the drop offs in the sand flats.

I like to fish the start of the run-in tide.

There seems to be more fish looking to get an easy feed after the tide runs over the flats.

KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK

Both rivers have been seeing some nice whiting caught and the odd grunter.

There has been a few mangrove jack being caught now the water is starting to warm up.

The rock bars and in the mangroves is the place to fish using a live bait or strip of mullet.

LAKE MONDURAN

With the weather warming up, the fish have become more active in the last few weeks.

There has been some nice fish caught in the shallow bays.

Lake Monduran
Keith and Julie Whalley with a Barramundi caught at Lake Monduran onboard Rusty’s Charters.

The key is to find the warmer water in the back of the bays.

The Molix 140 shad in the perch or the black and gold colour and Jackall Squirrel in the snub nose shrimp or the spangle perch has been the go-to colours.

There has been some nice fish caught in Bird Bay.

The key to this time of the year is to find the shallow bays that’s holding the warmer water and the bait fish.

I think a big thing for this year is going to be making sure all our gear is up to the challenge and it will be interesting to see if we can land the big brutes.

Until next time, tight lines
Nathan Sutton
Tackleworld Bundaberg

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