Fish Report - 27th November 2014

The weather is starting to heat up in the Bundaberg area, with some real scorcher days on the water during the past week.

Our local estuaries still remain fishing very well for all summer species including mangrove jack, estuary cod, fingermark and big flathead, all caught in good numbers lately. Mangrove jack are a fantastic species to target due to the habitat they live in and the explosive fights these red devils give as they try to get back into their home. Anglers are having good results using both soft plastics and hard body lures cast to any rock bars and structure in our local rivers.

A mate and I had a hot session fishing the Burnett early one morning last weekend, all on hard body lures. We were targeting from the mouth to Strathdees, both trolling and casting lures. For a couple of hours we managed to land many fish, including lots of estuary cod, flathead, trevally, grunter, mangrove jack and a small jewie.

Please be aware that the saltwater barramundi have a closed season so any fish caught between midday on the 1st of November and midday on the 1st of February must be released with as little harm as possible to the fish.

Good reports of mackerel on all popular marks all the way from Woodgate through to 1770. Live baiting and trolling large hard body lures to three metres has been very effective. Some small black marlin and sailfish have also been caught in close lately giving guys a thrill and testing their gear to it’s limits.

Now the coral reef fin fish closures are finished till next year anglers that enjoy fishing on the many reefs and get stuck into them when the weather is good.

Lake Monduran has still been a little tough to land any big numbers of barra. Most anglers seem to crack some sort of pattern by following wind and water currents and targeting points and back of bays. Early mornings and late afternoons are seeing the most fish caught. Soft plastics are making a comeback with fifty percent of barra being caught on 4” and 6” Zman, 110mm Squidgy Slick Rigs and the rest caught on suspending hard body lures.

Lake Gregory is fishing red hot for bass. We’ve had some awesome top water sessions, early mornings and late afternoons have been fantastic. Bass to 50cm have been smashing our top water lures with the Cultiva Zip ‘n Ziggys being one of my personal favourites.

Fish with confidence,
Dale Smith