THIS is generally a magic time of the year to get out and wet a line around the Bundaberg region.
At this stage the forecast for this weekend is looking good, but please check the forecast the day before you’re intending to head offshore. The bigger boats that headed out to the reef last week all reported catching a good feed of mixed reef species including coral trout, red emperor, grass sweetlip, cod, parrot, hussar and the odd cobia.
The cobia have been in good numbers with the Althea and Barjon – two old trawler wrecks – both fishing well. All the inshore reefs between Bargara and Elliott Heads are producing some really nice snapper and grunter with the better class of fish coming at first light or late afternoon and into the night. Whilst bait has been accounting for good numbers of fish, lures such as the Samaki Vibelicious soft vibe lure are working very well for the sporting fishermen who enjoy the challenge.
Back in the rivers, the run of big bream is continuing with the North Wall and Kirby’s being two hot spots, but the species that has most anglers excited in the Burnett this week has been the blue salmon. Salmon up to 80cm have provided plenty of reel screaming action over the past few days. The salmon have been caught between Fairymead bend and the town reach. The two hot lures for targeting this fantastic sports fish has been the 80mm Duel Fintail Vibe and the Strada X-Blades – both well worth casting.
By the sounds of things, the action at Lake Gregory has picked up again. The bigger bass are still being caught around the edges, whereas most of the bass are schooled up in the deeper water. Trolling lures that get down to between three and five metres has been working well, but the most productive technique has been casting small metal vibes and tail-spinners through the schooled fish. When you get it right, it can be a fish every cast – excellent fun for the whole family.