With the weather gods feeling the love this weekend, it’s looking good for offshore fishing. Good reports from previous weeks of red emperor, coral trout, parrotfish and sweetlip coming over the side should encourage you to have a crack. Large flesh bait or livies have been the go-to bait for these trophy fish. Just a reminder that the snapper and pearl perch close season starts on July 15 and runs until August 15 inclusive. Remember to always check the latest weather reports before heading out. Bundaberg weekly fishing report
For the smaller boats that want to get in on a bit of action, there have been plenty of pelagics along the coast, with tuna and mackerel being the most common. Trolling dead bait such as large garfish or bonito has been most consistent. If lures are your thing, trolling large hard-bodies will also get you hooked up.
With winter certainly on us, larger bream have been on the chew. Bait such as mullet strips, large prawns and chook gut – to name a few – have been doing the damage. Another technique proving to be highly effective is casting 3-4” curl tail soft plastics and deep diving crank baits, which have been catching their fair share of fish. Blue salmon have made a move into the river with a few good reports of some decent sized fish caught. Casting vibes in deeper holes as the tide slows has been the go-to technique. With the amount of fresh coming through the river from the opening of Paradise Dam, it is probably wise to start from the mouth along the rock walls and then move up the river. Bundaberg weekly fishing
For those anglers who love a challenge, fishing for dam barramundi in winter can certainly be that. First, finding the fish is key – whether they be in the shallows or hanging out deep in the tops of trees. Once the fish are located, find the appropriate lure to keep in the strike zone as long as possible to tempt the barra into a reaction bite. Hard-body lures are best for this technique. The Samaki Redic DS80, Reidy’s B52 and the Jackall Squirrel 79 are a couple of lures that have been working well. Bundaberg weekly report
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