Fishing Report - 31st December 2015

Hopefully, everyone had a very merry Christmas and with a bit of luck Santa has brought you some new fishing gear so you can kick of 2016 in style.

Last weekend quite a few boats made the most of the good conditions and headed offshore from Bundaberg.  Whilst it was a little rough early, the seas did calm off around lunch time and quite a few nice reef fish were reportedly caught.  One crew landed a really nice mixed bag of red emperor, coral trout and spangled emperor as well as a few nice spanish mackerel, taking both trolled lures and floating baits out the back whilst bottom fishing.

All our local rivers are still fishing very well over the Christmas period.  The kids on school holidays have reported catching lots of nice grunter, bream and flathead in the Burnett. 

The Kolan also has produced a heap of whiting and flathead around the many sand and mud bars.  Further upstream around any structure such as rock bars and fallen timber, good numbers of mangrove jack, estuary cod and moses perch should keep the kids amused for a few hours.

Some really nice summer whiting and flathead have been caught around the mouth of the Elliott River, mainly on fresh yabbies and soft plastics.

Further upstream around Shark’s Nest and Fallons Rocks, the deeper holes have also produced the goods with big bream, mangrove jack, trevally and queenfish all smashing the large amounts of jelly prawns that seem to be in all our local rivers and creeks lately.

I predict that over the next few weeks, both the prawns and crabs should improve just before the kids go back to school.

On the fresh water scene, Lake Gregory is the place to go to catch good numbers of Australia bass.  These fish have been smashing surface poppers early, then spinnerbaits around the weed edges has been the way to go to catch a few of these awesome little sports fish.

The people staying at Lake Monduran Holiday Park have been reporting that the barra have been very active this week.  We’ve heard of quite a few barra in the 90’s caught this past week.  It seems that more and more barra are being caught on big soft plastics like the 130 Squidgy Slick Rigs and the Zerek Flat Shads both working well, but for casting around the spindly timber, it’s hard to go past the jackal Squirrel to get a bit from Monduran’s barramundi.

Just finally, all the team at Tackle World Bundaberg wish everyone a safe and prosperous New Year and look forward to seeing everyone in 2016.

Fish with confidence,
Dale Smith