Fish Report - 24th February 2011

Well, the Bundaberg area finally saw break in the weather early in the week and this allowed a lot of boats offshore.

All reports show some excellent catches, with some big coral trout caught by using live baits, and some good red emperor were also landed. The rubble/reef areas have also produced some sweetlip and tusk fish. Please remember we are currently in a snapper and pearl perch closure, which will continue until the 31st March.

Another species that has been talked about is mackerel – they have been in big numbers along our coast. Most of the inshore areas are really firing with a mix of spanish, school and spotted mackerel being caught. Trolling diving lures in any chrome colour has been popular, but slow trolling pilchards has been the most effective method. A few schoolies have been caught by high speed spinning with metal chrome lures.

The Burnett River is well and truly on the improve, with most of the estuary species moving back up the river, and there have been reports of good catches of bream and grunter. Some of the deeper holes have produced some cod, jack and the odd barra.

The Isis Impoundment (Lake Gregory) has gone a bit quiet because it has seen a lot of boat traffic during the flooded period, as this was a reliable spot to fish as it was not affected by the flood water. The bass that have been caught have been taken by jigging Jackalls and Blades on the schooled bass in the main basin of the dam.

Till next time,
Tim Mulhall