Fish Report - 1st July 2011

Well, the fishing around Bundaberg is still red hot, probably the best we have seen in years. This is thanks to the floods that caused such havoc earlier this year.

The offshore fishing has been great. When the weather has allowed us to get out, catches of big red emperor, sweetlip, parrot and a great mix of other species have been taken.

However, it is the river fishing that is really shining. We have seen some top quality fish over the past few weeks. These have included some monster whiting of 40cm plus, bream to 1kg, and some flathead reaching their maximum size of 75cm. Some of the deeper stretches of the Burnett River are still producing some excellent salmon fishing with live prawns being a favourite. Some other species have included big grunter, jack, cod and even an odd barra.

The river mouths have been producing some school mackerel and some nice tailor. Trolling spoon lures or anchoring up and floating out a small pilchard seems to be working well.

There still seems to be a small run of prawns. They are patchy but when you find them they are on.

The bass are fishing well in the Isis Impoundment (Lake Gregory) with Blades working best. Most of the bass appear to be schooling up in the open water, so the best way to find them is by sounding around, locating the schools and jigging the Blade lure through the schools.

Till next time,

Tim Mulhall