Fish Report - 23rd April, 2009

Finally we’ve been graced with some great weather and last weekend a lot of big boats headed offshore and the fishing was excellent.

Everyone reported some great catches including some big red emperor to 15kg. There has also been heaps of coral trout, big sweetlip, cod, hussar, nannygai as well as heaps of pelagics, including spanish mackerel and big black king.

Around the river mouths there has also been some hot fishing happening. Big schools of pelagics are moving along the coast, including mac tuna, bluefin tuna, all the mackerel species, trevally, queenies and even a small black marlin was caught in amongst the leads. Trolling lures and gar has been the best method to land these species. Try using small lures that dive to ten feet and are blue in colour. Trolling the gar on 3-gang trolling rigs should produce results.

The Burnett River is fishing well, with some big bream and grunter still about. Along the mud banks there have been some salmon working along the banks and feeding on the jelly prawns, so fishing with live prawns should bring a few undone.

The prawns are starting to thin out, but when you find a patch you can usually score a feed. There are some mud crabs moving about as well, and they are there in reasonable numbers, but are not very full.

The dams are still fishing okay with bass still being caught on top water and along the weed edges.

The big barra in Monduran have been hard to fool, but some smaller fish about 30-50cm - maybe from last year’s stocking efforts - have been caught in good numbers. They are up in the backs of the bays and in the lantana bushes and have been caught on small lures.

Till next time,

Tim Muhall

Tackle World Bundaberg Fishing Team