12th November 2015

This weekend in Bundaberg, the annual Across the Waves Fishing Classic promises to be bigger and better than ever.  This year there’s over $25,000 in prizes and lucky draws, and two boat, motor and trailer packages to be won.

Unfortunately, at this stage possible thunderstorms are predicted, so keep an eye on the skies and play it safe on the water.

There are no boundary limits set for the competition, but all fish must be caught in estuary waters only.

The target species that seem to be firing at the moment are flathead, bream, whiting, trumpeter and mangrove jack.  The bit of rain we received earlier in the week has freshened up most of our local river systems.

Finally, we have heard some good reports of mangrove jack on the chew just about everywhere.  Anywhere from Baffle Creek to the Elliott River will be worth a go to chase these hard-fighting sports fish.

The new moon this week brings bigger tides this weekend and this is generally prime time to target big summer whiting, and I expect some real crackers to be weighed in at the Across the Waves competition.

The trumpeter are still around in good numbers, with the Burnett producing some good fish around 50cm.  Soft plastics from Gulp and Zman in the 3” to 4” range have been working well, and well-presented baits like mullet strips, live prawns or sprats have also been doing the trick.

The second and final Coral Reef Fin Fish closure for this year is currently in place and will finish on Friday, 13th November, so all you reef boys can get stuck into some quality fish when the weather allows.

Lake Monduran has experienced one of its best weeks in a long time.  Rob from the Lake Monduran Holiday Park and Guidelines Charters has reported catching barramundi to 106cm on every charter this week.  The hot lure still seems to be the Jackall Squirrel, cast around weed edges and timber structure.

For people interested in going for a bit of a drive over to Monto, the Lake Cania Family Fishing Competition is also held this weekend.  This is always a fantastic weekend and by all reports the bass, yellowbelly and exciting saratoga are all on the chew, with Bassman Spinnerbaits the hot lure at the moment.

Fish with confidence,
Dale Smith