Fishing Report - 23rd June 2016

Well, it’s that time of the year again!  The annual VMR Bundaberg Family Fishing Classic promises to be bigger and better this year with over $60,000 in prizes, and three boat, motor and trailer packages to be won.

The competition starts at 6.00am Friday, 24th and finishes with all fish to be weighed in by noon on Sunday, 26th June.  There will be a licensed bar and plenty of food and soft drinks for the whole family at the gronds near the VMR Base at Burnett Heads.

Like every year that the comp has been held, the winds are expected to freshen on Saturday then ease on Sunday.  This may restrict some offshore action, but luckily enough most of the sheltered rivers and creeks have been fishing well.

We are all expecting to see some top quality bream, flathead, whiting and trumpeter weighed in this weekend. 

Even though the blue salmon are not one of the big four estuary species for this weekend’s comp, they are so much fun to catch and it seems that the salmon up to 90cm have moved up into the town reach and are responding well to 3-4” soft plastics, soft and hard Vibes and well-presented baits.

Good numbers of flathead have also been caught near the Tallon Bridge and further upstream towards Splitters Creek.

The North Wall has been a popular destination lately for the bream fishermen in the past few weeks.  Bream up to 40cm have been smashing lightly-weighted mullet fillets and fresh prawn baits.

If the weather allows, big grunter and nice snapper have been in good numbers at most of our inshore reefs.  Floating lightly-weighted pilchards back in a berley trail has been working a treat on both the snapper and the big grunter.

Lake Monduran’s barra have still been active.  The barra seem to be schooling up around shallow bays and points.  Once you’ve located the barra on your sounder, casting suspending hard body lures and jigging soft vibe-style lures have both been working well.

To all the people intending to fish the VMR comp this weekend, have a great weekend and play it safe on the water.

Fish with confidence,
Dale Smith
Tackle World Bundaberg