Fish Report - 2nd December 2010

Well, lately we just can’t pick the weather around the local Bundaberg area, as we’re now into the first week of December and temperatures are still quite cool. We have also had our fair share of wind, rain and more wind. Surely it will let up sooner or later.

This wind has kept the bigger boats from heading offshore, but a few smaller boats have been fishing the coastline with some great results. Good catches of tuna, mackerel and even cobia have been caught. Live baits have been best with yakkas and pike being the favourites. The preferred rig has been 10/0 hooks rigged on light trace wire with one hook in the nose and the other in the tail.

The Burnett River mouth has also been producing some smaller school mackerel. Trolling the rock walls with Spoons, Flashas and small deep diving Minnows has been the best way to target mackerel. Even the guys fishing off the rocks have been getting mackerel on pillys rigged on gang hooks and by casting and retrieving them.

Reports of flathead, grunter, jack and cod have also come from the river mouth, while further up the river, whiting have been in reasonable numbers. Drifting the sand flats with yabbies, peeled prawns and worms has been working for most anglers. Bream are also still about and using blades and soft plastics should land a few.

The bass are really on the chew in Lake Gregory (Isis Impoundment). The best results have come by poppering the edges at dawn and dusk and using Blades and Jackalls during the day in the deeper water.

The barra have been tough at Monduran recently, with the competitors in Round 5 of the Australian Barra Tournament only catching 12 barra out of 38 boats entered. Those teams lucky enough to catch a barra caught them by slow-rolling soft plastics around the weed edges, or cast to the backs of the bays. The biggest barra for the comp was a nice one at 116cm long

Till next time,
Tim Mulhall
Tackle World Bundaberg Fishing Team