LifestyleFishing report: Max snags epic 20kg tuna from kayak

Fishing report: Max snags epic 20kg tuna from kayak

longtail tuna
Max Terry with a monster 127cm/20kg longtail tuna caught out the front of Bargara in a kayak.

In this week's Tackle World Bundaberg fishing report, find out where the best places are to drop in a line so you can snag an epic catch just like Max Terry who caught this monster longtail tuna from his kayak off Bargara.

Bundaberg inshore

This week looks like we might get a short window of weather to get out and chase a few reef species.

There are still a few good school mackerel and spanish mackerel along with big schools of tuna about.

There has also been a few good snapper and sweetlip caught on the local inshore reefs.

Prime time to be fishing is the hour before and after day light using whole mullet fillets and pilchards as bait.

Be sure to check the latest weather forecast before heading out.

Burnett River

blue salmon Burnett
2. Jaden Bond with a solid blue salmon caught in the Burnett River.

With the cold weather around we have been seeing some cracking bream and grunter caught in the river, both have been caught on the rock bars and rubble beds.

A few spots that come to mind are the gravel beds running from the yacht club towards the port side of the river.

The north wall on the far end towards the mouth of the river has also been producing some cracking fish.

The key has been to cast as close to the rock wall as possible during the last two hours of the run-out tide.

This has been the best time of the tide to fish for the bigger models, mullet strips and fresh river prawns have been the go-to baits.

Elliott River

The river system is still producing the odd whiting and trumpeter in the cleaner water, freshly pumped yabbies have been the standout bait.

The flathead in the river have been caught up the river system on the shallow banks.

Emma flathead lures
1. Emma Deighton with a cracking flathead caught on her first trip using lures.

One way I like to fish is drifting for both whiting and flathead using yabbies on lightly weighted running ball sinker rigs.

I like to set my drift up so I start in the shallow water and drift into the deeper water depending on the tide and wind direction.

There has been some nice dart caught off the beach on the southern side of Coonarr Beach and the mouth of the river as well.

Lake Monduran

With the colder water in the dam the barra seem to be in the shallows, the key has been finding the warmer water and fishing with hard body’s and suspending lures.

When the colder months hit, the key is to slow your retrieve down, implementing plenty of long pauses allowing for your lure to sit in the strike zone for longer.

This technique often annoys the barra so much that you get a reaction bite.

My go-to lures are the Jackall 79 Squirrel and the Samaki Redic DS80.

Sandy bream
Sandy Wegert with a stonka of a bream coming in at 45.5cm and 1.4kg.

Until next time, tight lines
Nathan Sutton
Tackle World Bundaberg