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Offshore fishing is red hot

Burnett Heads fish
Shane Johnston with a 105cm, 18kg cod caught off Burnett Heads.

Bundaberg inshore

The inshore reefs have been producing some very nice grunter and late seasoned Spanish mackerel over the past week!

The grunter have mostly been caught on 20g soft vibes and 5” soft plastics.

Using a slow hop off the bottom making sure the lure stays in the strike zone has been key.

If you’re more into using bait you can’t beat using prawns or squid.

A well presented bait on a simple running ball sinker rig is more than enough to give you a great chance of hooking some of these big grunter that have been around.

The Spanish have been loving trolled gar and hardbody lures in the early mornings and late afternoons.

We have some rigs in stock that troll gar like a charm!

Bundaberg offshore

The offshore fishing last weekend was red hot!

Plenty of trophy reef fish were caught with red emperor and coral trout being the standouts.

For the reds big flesh baits such as mullet fillets were the go.

With the trout using pilchards as bait and prawn imitation lures were working best.

Remember to fish the bite times one hour either side of the tides, it will be super important this weekend because of the big tides.

Fingers crossed the weather plays the game!

Remember to always check the latest weather report before heading out.

Spanish Mackerel
Mitch Beyer with a huge Spanish mackerel caught trolling a schoolie mackerel

Burnett River

With the big full moon tides this week there should definitely be plenty of salt pushed back into the river.

There was already some very nice bream, grunter and flathead caught towards the north wall at the mouth earlier this week.

Most of these fish have been getting caught on 3” paddle tail soft plastics with the Zman Minnowz being one of the favourites.

With the hope of the salt moving up the river the blue salmon should be making an appearance too so be sure to have a go for them.

Using your sounder to find where the salmon are is a must, try the deeper holes as the saltier water will sit on the bottom.

With the big tides this weekend don’t forget to drop the crab pots in as they always producing a few cracking bucks.

Red emperor
Will Svensson with a solid red emperor caught off Bundy last weekend.

Kolan River and Baffle Creek

The Kolan River and Baffle Creek have both been producing some very nice whiting, flathead and grunter over the past week.

With the full moon this weekend I think the whiting will be on the chew in the late arvo with the incoming tide.

Beach worms and fresh yabbies are definitely the go-to bait, drifting shallow flats with patchy weed beds has been working a treat.

If grunter are more your thing try some deeper water with more current, flicking a Samaki Vibelicious will give you a good chance of encountering some solid grunter this time of year.

The standout technique at the moment for catching flathead is definitely trolling around Zerek Tango shads on the edges of sandbars and gravel pits.

There’s also been a few early season Mangrove Jack being caught as well so be sure to throw some hardbody lures over your favourite rock bars the next time you go fishing.

Again, don’t forget to drop the crab pots in with these big tides.

Shaun flathead
Shaun Kelley with a cracking flathead caught at Skyringville.

Lake Monduran

Lake Monduran has been liking some of the warmer days we’ve been experiencing over the past week with a few really nice barramundi being caught.

Most of the bites have been in the late afternoon once the sun has warmed up the shallow points and bays during the day.

The reliable Jackall Squirrel has still been the stand-out lure to get the bite.

A good quality sounder is a game changer when it comes to finding the elusive barramundi.

Spending a few hours sounding around finding the barra will give you a much better chance of getting fish into the boat.

Most of the fish have been looking for warmer water in the shallows, so using the sidescan to find them patrolling a certain point will help you get your lure in front of their face.

Remember to always fish with confidence.

You never know when that 1m+ barra will hit your lure!

Till next time, keep it real
Mitch Beyer

Tackle World Bundaberg