Fish Report - 30th August 2013

Well, give the freshwater scene a miss this week – it’s salt water all the way around Bundy! With light to slightly increasing afternoon sea breezes, reef and offshore fishing will be the best option. So, if the weatherman’s prediction doesn’t change, stock up on bait and head out far and wide and chase those elusive big reds, trout and spaniards.

A good place to head offshore is a magical little place call Seventeen Seventy. Great reef areas such as Boult and the Fitzroy reef systems are great areas to target coral trout with fresh bait strips on the drift. Always have a floating whole fish out the back of the boat to increase your chances of catching a rogue spanish mackerel.

Red emperor can be found in a variety of bottom structure, especially fern grounds. Don’t be afraid to put down bigger baits for the reds. The smaller fish will have a go, but if there is a decent emperor there they will move through and smash it. You can even use hussar fillets and the wings as well.

Closer to home, the Burnett system is still fishing well with good catches of threadfin salmon being caught on livies. Bream and grunter are still about in good numbers and sizes. Underneath the old bridge seems to be the best place, either early morning or late afternoon into the evening when everything is quiet. Along the more shallow areas of the Burnett you will find good flathead waiting to ambush unlucky bait fish. So once again, drifting small livies with a light sinker should produce quality flathead.

Whiting are still around, not in big numbers but good quality. The upper reaches of the Elliott on the shallow sand bars are generally good areas to target whiting with freshly dug yabbies or your humble prawn. To increase your numbers try slow moving your baits and put on a small red plastic strip or glass bead to attract them A small handful of berley pellets into the water will keep them in your area also.

Well, that’s my best tips for the weekend fishing, good luck and fish responsibly.

Tight lines,

Brett Robinson.