Fish Report - 17th May 2012

The past few weeks have seen near-perfect weather around the Bundaberg area for the offshore anglers.

The fishing has been as good as it gets for most, with some catching their bag limit of quality reef fish. Some monster red emperor and coral trout have been coming in from out wide.

The islands and atolls also fished well for trout, big red throat sweetlip, parrot, hussar and some big red jew. The gutters produced some top fish, including some big trout on livies, as well a parrot and some sweetlip.

There are also some great pelagic species about out wide, with some big sail fish, black marlin, dolphin fish, wahoo, tuna, cobia and spanish mackerel all being caught over the past few weeks.

The Cochrane Artificial Reef has also produced some great snapper over the past week or so.

The local rivers and creeks are fishing well with some excellent catches coming in on both lures and live baits. Some anglers have been landing great fish recently, with barra, cod, big jack, grunter, fingermark and some king salmon all being caught.

The guys using soft plastics are having a ball catching bream, jew, flathead and the odd tailor, with the favourite lures being Gulp 3” Minnows.

The tides over the last full moon produced some top whiting fishing around most of the sand flats with 30-35cm whiting not being uncommon. All were caught on peeled fresh prawns.

There is still a sprinkling of prawns about for those willing to put in the effort as well as a few late season mud crabs.

Good fishing,

Tim Mulhall