Fish Report - 27th February 2009

With last weekend’s calm weather, the offshore fishing has fired up.  Sunday, Monday and maybe Tuesday are looking the best for these this coming week.

Many boats have headed out to the outer reefs and have reported some good catches, including some big red emperor, coral trout, and good mixed bags of sweetlip, parrot, hussar.  Fishing large baits on the bottom produces most of the bigger fish with mullet being the most preferred bait. On these grounds there are some good catches of cobia/black king being caught as well. A few lucky anglers managed to head out game fishing and sent in some great photos of a small marlin, a big mahi mahi and a GT that was taken on a popper.

Spanish mackeral seems to be another hot topic, with big catches coming in from around the gutters.  Trolling garfish has been the best method for this.

Matt Costar managed a trip to one of the reefs late last week and bagged some huge red emperor, some nannygai and some big sweetlip.

The Burnett River is fishing pretty well at the moment, with some good catches of grunter being reported.  Other catches have included some nice estuary cod, mangrove jack and the odd salmon.

The sand flats have been producing some nice whiting and flathead.  Drifting your baits along the bottom has been the best method to land these ones. A few people have been managing to catch whiting on small surface popper lures.  This has been an interesting method but is starting to work well.

The Isis Impoundment (Lake Gregory) is still producing good numbers of bass, mainly by throwing spinner baits around the weed edges.

The barra fishing at Monduran is on the improve, with late afternoon and early evenings being the best times.  Some big fish to 1.2 metres have been reported recently.  Most of the fish are coming from up the back of the dam above "B" section, and large soft plastics seems to be the preferred method.  The Squidgy Slick Rig and the Berkley Hollow Bellys have been the best lures.

Gary Leather and Gary Bartholdt have been fishing the Baffle Creek Fishing Competition for the past few days and reported that most of the action is from Winfield down to the mouth. They both had double figures with bream on plastics and a few oversized flathead as a bonus. Anglers using bait in the Baffle have landed juvenile trevally, queenfish, mangrove jacks, grunter and whiting.

Until next time,
Tim Mulhall & Ben Shorten
Tackle World Bundaberg Fishing Team