Fish Report - 10th April 2014

Over the past week or so the winds around the Bundaberg area have been up and down.

Last weekend there were good reports of red emperor, sweetlip, parrot and cod caught on the outer reefs. As well there were school, spotted and Spanish mackerel being caught on all local reefs with most anglers managing the land their bag limits.

The Burnett River is still fishing well. The water has cleaned up and the lure fishermen have caught some really nice fingermark, jack, grunter, threadfin salmon and barra by trolling deep diving lures and casting large soft plastics around the rock walls down around the mouth of the river.

The anglers doing the best are the ones using their side-imaging units to locate the ledges and structure under the water, then targeting the fish that way.

Good amounts of prawns are being cast-netted in the Burnett with the deeper holes holding better numbers. There are some prawns just starting off Woodgate, so let’s hope it’s similar to the big prawn season we had last year.

The local boys have had fun on the bass surface fishing. Both morning and afternoon sessions being the best time as the wind usually drops out making it wasier to work your lures. One of the best performing topwater lures this week was the Strada Zeida 85mm in all colours.

During the week Gary Bartholdt (Bart) and myself attended a Humminbird conference in Brisbane to showcase the full new range of sounders. Humminbird has decided to condense its range into their more popular units. Some major improvements from the 698 models up to the 1199 models include internal GPS and a faster processor to make a cleaner picture. To check out the full range go to or drop in and talk to any of the friendly team at Tackle World Bundaberg.

Till next time,
Dale Smith