LifestyleCoral trout, reds, tuskies make up good weekend fishing

Coral trout, reds, tuskies make up good weekend fishing

Coral trout
Corey Hanks with a solid coral trout.

Bundaberg offshore and inshore

Welcome back to another cracking fishing report.

I hope everyone got out last weekend as it was absolutely mint, probably the most glassy I have ever seen it.

Once again, this weekend’s weather is looking good.

We should see lots of tasty reds being caught along with coral trout, tuskies, sweetlips and all the usual suspects.

A good way to catch these reefies is slow pitch jigging whilst drifting over the reef.

If you want to know what lures work best, pop into the shop and one of us will help you out.

There has been some good trevally around lately with the 15 mile being a stand-out for these fish along with plenty of tuna.

With this colder weather there has been a few good size snapper being caught on the inshore and offshore reefs when using a well presented fresh pilchard or squid bait.

mud crabs
Lilly Ewald with a pair of mud crabs caught in the Kolan.

Local rivers

There is still a lot of freshwater in the local systems with Baffle Creek and Elliott River fishing the best.

Fishing the high tide around the mouth of any of the rivers would be your best bet at catching a few fish.

This time of year you will find a lot of flathead and whiting over the sand banks eating yabbies, and flathead also eating the whiting, mullet and sprat that fail to see their well camouflaged bodies.

Another good spot to find flathead is any creek that runs out into the main river.

The flathead love to lay there and ambush anything that will fit in their mouth.

One of the best lures to catch flathead would be the Zman 3 inch minnow in a pink colour.

For some reason flathead have always fallen victim to a well presented pink lure.

Another good lure that catches any of the local fish is the MMD soft prawn.

They have such a good profile that you hardly have to work this lure.

Flicking lures around bridge pylon’s, wharfs and deeper structure is a great way to pick up a heap of different species as well.

Burnett Heads
Callum Rodgers with a big cod caught at Burnett Heads.

Monduran Dam and Lake Gregory

With all the fresh around at the moment, I would be looking to fish these two impoundments with lots of bass and barra being caught.

Casting Jackall Squirrels and the Berkley Shimma pro rigs in Lake Monduran is a great way to entice a big barra into your boat.

With the dam ever so slightly trickling over, let’s pray the rain holds off and no big barra go downstream.

At the moment though, any new grassy points would be a great place to start as the barra explore the shallows in search for bait.

Lake Gregory has been producing some quality bass around the 40cm+ mark and the odd toga.

Toga love top water lures so anything like a bent minnow or a chase baits flexi frog would be a great choice.

As for bass a 2-4 inch soft plastic worked over the weed beds has been super effective.

Keep an eye on your sounder, as the weather cools down the bass will likely go deeper and school up.

That’s all folks, stay safe on the water and be mindful of your fellow fishers.

Josh Mortensen
Tackle World Bundaberg

grunter and flathead
CATCH OF THE WEEK Shinea Austin with a cracking grunter and flathead.