OFFSHORE AND INSHORE Bundaberg weekend fishing
The inshore reefs have been firing recently and, with the good weather last weekend and earlier this week, there have been plenty of cracking fish caught. Drifting the reefs and jigging plastics or vibes has been the go-to strategy to get a few tasty reef fish. The pelagics have also been smashing bait, so keep an eye out for birds working, and having a rod rigged with a metal slug is a great idea. Currently, this weekend’s weather forecast isn’t looking as favourable as we would hope, so be sure to check the latest weather reports before heading offshore. Bundaberg Weekly fishing report
BURNETT RIVER AND ELLIOTT HEADS
With the recent rain, the river is full of freshwater and debris. Fishing close to the mouth will be the best option to get a few fish. There have been good numbers of bream and flathead at the North Wall on a run-in tide. Oily bait such as mullet and pilchard will be best in the dirty water. Crabs will be on the move, so be sure to throw the pots in – my go-to bait are mullet heads and chicken frames. Bundaberg weekly fishing report
With the Elliot River being a smaller river system, the water will not be as dirty. Whiting and dart are definitely still a great target species. Peeled prawns, squid and sandworms are my go-to bait and I prefer to use a running-ball sinker rig with a size 4-6 long shank hook. Gutters and shallow sand flats are the best places to fish, especially when using berley. Drifting with the tide is also a great way to cover ground.
THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
The recent rain has affected both of these systems, so most of the fishing will be done towards the mouth. Big grunter, whiting and flathead have been on the flats – using fresh prawns as bait and drifting these flats has been super effective. If lure fishing is your thing, I recommend a bloodworm coloured curl tail grub or a 70mm Samaki Vibelicious in Pearl Shrimp. Bundaberg weekly fishing report
With the recent rain, the dam has risen to 85 percent and the cooler weather has slowed the fish down a little bit. The key has been to work your lure slower and use longer pauses to ensure your lure sits in the strike zone for as long as possible. With the water rising, I would be looking in Bird Bay and in the basin because there will be heaps of newer points and tree lines to fish. Slow rolling plastics over newly submerged grassy points should see a few fish being caught.
Until next time, tight lines.
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