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Fish are biting at a number of hotspots

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Emma Deighton with a cracking grunter caught on a Daiwa Double Clutch

Fish are biting at a number of fishing hotspots across the Bundaberg Region including inshore and offshore locations.

Here's this week's Tackle World Bundaberg fishing report:

Bundaberg Inshore

The inshore reefs off Bundy have been producing lots of quality pelagic fish over the past week.

The fish that are getting caught most have been longtail tuna, mac tuna, queenfish and trevally.

The tuna have been a little hard to find as there hasn't been as many birds working above them, so keep an eye peeled for any topwater action.

Team member Josh Mortensen recommends using topwater lures such as the Cast range of stickbaits because they have been working best.

Plenty of Spanish Mackerel have still been in close with trolling garfish being the ideal method to catch them.

Bundaberg Offshore

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Kale Faull and his son Donny with a nice red bagged off Bundaberg

Last weekend saw a lot of people head out chasing those big, tasty reef fish whilst the weather allowed.

Those fortunate enough to head out were rewarded with plenty of coral trout, red emperor, largemouth nannygai and cobia that were around and feeding with the big tides.

Most of these fish were caught on large flesh baits fished close to the bottom with squid and pilchards getting most of the bites.

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

The Burnett River

Last weekends big tides proved to really help the cleaner, salty water push into the river and the fish knew about it too.

The last week has seen plenty of flathead, bream and grunter getting caught along the North Wall, sand flats and gravel beds around the mouth of the river. Using a stronger smelling bait such as pilchards and mullet has worked best for flathead and bream.

If you are after whiting make sure to fish the mouth of the river along shallow sand flats that don't get too much boat traffic.

A lightly weighted running ball sinker rig with freshly pumped yabbies has been getting the finicky whiting to eat.

The Elliott River

Plenty of tailor and dart are still at the mouth of the Elliott River following bait as they move with the tide.

The dart have been caught on small hardbody lures and the tailor have preferred a small metal slug retrieved quickly through their school.

Reports of winter whiting showing themselves around the mouth of the river is a really good sign, this week has shown them getting caught in more numbers.

Most of these fish have been on the shallow sand flats towards the mouth of the river.

Freshly pumped yabbies have been working very well on a running ball sinker rig.

The Kolan River

Like the Burnett River and Baffle Creek, the Kolan River has benefited a lot from the big tides last weekend.

The flathead and grunter have been the two fish most commonly caught.

Pilchards and sprat have been the best bait to use with the flathead being found in the slightly deeper water off the edges of sandflats or steep banks.

The grunter haven't been too far away with most getting caught in deep holes around the mouth of the river.

If lures are your thing a larger profiled lure like a 100mm vibe or a 4inch soft plastic has been really effective.

Lake Monduran

With the weather slowly warming up we have seen a lot more barra being caught.

Make sure you are fishing the bays that the wind has been consistently blowing into as the bait gets pushed in this direction.

Most of the fish have been in these bays in the shallow water towards the back of the bay or wind blown points looking for the warmer water.

5 inch soft plastics slow rolled through weed and timber has been really effective especially on some bigger fish.

Lake Gregory

A few weekends ago on Sunday the 7th of August saw saratoga around the 30cm mark tagged and released into the dam by the Bundaberg Sportfishing Club.

This will provide a great future for saratoga fishing in the dam and hopefully the beginning of more toga stocking to come.

Although the bass haven't been aggressively hunting they have been schooled up in deeper water off the points.

Using a good quality sounder to locate the fish has been key. These fish have taken a liking to small paddle tail soft plastics slow wound or vibes hopped through their school.

If you would like your catch photos published to be in the running for a $50 gift card every week, please email your details and photos (of local catches only) to: accounts@tackleworldbundy.com.au

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