Fish Report - 25th February 2010

Midweek in the local Bundaberg area saw a patch of good weather and a few boats headed offshore, and with light winds most set a course for the islands and gutters. 

Reports showed good catches of sweetlip, coral trout, red emperor, snapper and parrot.

The closer reefs produced snapper and sweetlip.  A lot of anglers have started to target the snapper on soft plastics with great results.  Fishing light braided lines on spin reels and using plastics in 4-6 inch sizes are the go.

There are some large pelagics about also and catches of Spanish mackerel, cobia and wahoo have been reported.

The local rivers are all a bit fresh at the moment, but the large tides this weekend should see some salty water push back up river.  Those fishing the rivers at the moment have been catching some great bream with some hitting the one kilo mark.  Some grunter have also been caught, and if you manage to land one of these, please be aware of the new grunter size limits.

The deeper holes have seen some good jacks, cod, fingermark and some good salmon making their way into the ice boxes.

Whiting are running along the beaches.  The early morning high tides seem to be when they are at their best.  There have been a few dart mixed in with the whiting, just to test out your gear as they put up a great fight.

Most of the local dams are fishing a bit tough as the levels are still rising after all the rain.  Lake Monduran is now at 52% capacity and still on the rise.  Most of the barra are being caught in the main basin and trolling 15-20ft diving lures in fluoro colours around the timbered tree lines and drop-offs should result in a few strikes.

Till next time,
Tim Mulhall