At this stage the offshore forecast for the Bundaberg area is looking fantastic for this weekend. Plenty of big boats ventured out offshore in the first week of the school holidays between Burnett Heads and 1770. Plenty of coral trout, red emperor, red throat emperor, grass sweetlip and hussar have been on the chew around the offshore reefs. The Barjon and Althea are both holding plenty of baitfish, spanish mackerel and cobia. If you reach the bottom, there is a fair chance of hooking a grass sweetlip, nannygai or a snapper.
The Burnett River has continued to fish well, with bream fishing a highlight. At this time of the year flathead are one of the most common captures around the sand bars and rock walls. The bream fishing in the Burnett River is starting to improve, with some crackers caught recently. Some nice summer whiting were also on the chew with the big tides around the full moon last week.
BAFFLE CREEK AND THE KOLAN RIVER
There have been some excellent reports of big grunter up to 70cm caught recently in both the Kolan and the Baffle systems, as well as plenty of monster flathead, jobfish, bream and whiting to keep everyone entertained.
Lake Cania is always a popular destination during the school holidays and the good news is that plenty of Australia bass have been caught. Once the bass have been located with your sounder, they have been responding well to casting soft plastics, blades, tail-spinners and the Gang Banger G2 spoons which have all been working well. Even though the temperature is a bit cold at this time of the year, the fishing can still really turn it on.
This barra fishery continues to produce the goods even in winter. Most of the barra caught last week were in the afternoon with some anglers landing up to five or six fish per session. The new Samaki Redic hard body lures have been accounting for plenty of Monduran barra. Let’s hope this continues and by the end of the year Lake Monduran will be the place to come to land your metre barra.
SNAPPER AND PEARL PERCH SEASONAL CLOSURE
The seasonal closure in Queensland for snapper and pearl perch will come into effect from 12.01am on the 15th July and will run until 11.59pm on 15th of August. During this time the snapper and pearl perch will be “no-take” species to protect the fish during spawning and to help rebuild stocks. More information can be found on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website at https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/fisheries/sustainable/sustainable-fisheries-strategy/fisheries-reforms
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