Fish Report - 9th December 2009

The weekend just gone saw another run of good weather in the Bundaberg area.  This allowed the offshore anglers to head out, with only 10-15knots of wind.  This made for a good comfortable ride out - we were blessed. 

The fishing was hard due to the northerly winds and a lot of coral spawn/algae on the wate,r but those who put in the effort and time to look around caught some great reef fish.  Big red emperor to 13.5kg, coral trout to 8kg, maori cod, parrot, hussar and sweetlip were all reported. 
Pelagics offshore have been on the move.  Mack tuna, trevally, school and Spanish mackerel, cobia and big dolphin fish are all making their presence felt, and trolling lures and livies has been the best methods for bagging these species.
The deep holes thoughout the local rivers have been producing some big fish on live baits.  Some big cod, mangrove jack, fingermark and the odd salmon are there, and there are still a lot of grunter about, but you have to keep a close eye on the size limits.  Small-spotted grunter are 30cm and the barred grunter are 40cm.
There are still a large amount of flathead about and lure fishing has been a favoured method to land them.  Bass seem to be doing well on spinnerbaits. 
Last weekend saw the ABT Tournament anglers at Lake Monduran, chasing the mighty barra.  The barra were certainly on the chew with most anglers catching two to three  each session, with some big fish measuring 125cm and 126cm.  Most were caught on soft plastics rigged with stinger hooks and some barra were also taken on the faithful old hard body.  Our own Gary Leather snared some great barra on the new Storm Switch and Storm Soft Plastics, all pre-rigged with stinger hooks.  Using a slow retrieve also helped to land his barras.

Till next time,

Tim Mulhall