This week looks like we might get a short window of weather to get out and chase a few reef species. There are still a few good school and spanish mackerel along with big schools of tuna about. And a few good snapper and sweetlip have also been caught on local inshore reefs. Prime time to be fishing is the hour before and after daylight, using whole mullet fillets and pilchards as bait. Be sure to check the latest weather forecast before heading out. Bundaberg weekly fishing report
With the cold weather around we have seen some cracking bream and grunter caught in the river – both species have been caught on rock bars and rubble beds. A few spots that come to mind are the gravel beds running from the yacht club towards the port side of the river. The north wall on the far end towards the mouth of the river has also been producing some cracking fish. The key has been to cast as close to the rock wall as possible during the last two hours of a run-out tide. This has been the best time of the tide to fish for the bigger models and mullet strips and fresh river prawns have been the go-to bait selection. Bundaberg weekly fishing
The river system is still producing the occasional whiting and trumpeter in the cleaner water, with freshly pumped yabbies being the standout bait. Flathead in the river have been caught up the system on shallow banks. One way I fish is drifting for both whiting and flathead using yabbies on lightly weighted running-ball sinker rigs. I like to set my drift up, so I start in shallow water and drift into deeper, depending on the tide and wind direction. There have been some nice dart caught off the beach on the southern side of Coonarr Beach and the mouth of the river as well. Bundaberg weekly report
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With the colder water in the dam, barramundi appear to be in the shallows. The key has been finding the warmer water and fishing with hard-bodies and suspending lures. When the colder months hit, the key is to slow your retrieve down and implement plenty of long pauses, allowing for your lure to sit in the strike zone for longer. This technique often annoys barra, so much that you get a reaction bite. My go-to lures are the Jackall Squirrel 79mm and the Samaki Redic DS80. Bundaberg weekly fishing report
Until next time, tight lines.
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