The schoolie mackerel have been thick around the Bundaberg area over the past week. Fast-retrieving Flasha spoons vertically off the bottom and trolling medium size hardbody lures will get you a nice feed. In order to get the bite, remember not to use wire for schoolies – stick to 80lb leader.
The Burnett River has been producing some very nice flathead and grunter. The Zman soft plastics seem to be getting most of the action. Look for bait that is sitting on the sand bars and gravel beds, and the grunter and flathead won’t be far away. Keep an eye out for the prawns as well. A few people have been lucky and have been getting their bag limit pretty quickly. Also, don’t forget to put the crab pots in. The full moon tides should make the crabs become active.
THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
There has been some very nice mangrove jack caught up the Baffle and the Kolan over the past week. Slow-rolling paddle tail soft plastics out of mangroves and over rock bars has been getting most of the action. Also, a few anglers have been smacking the jack on surface lures. Early mornings and late afternoons are the best time for surface fishing. Also, there has been some very nice whiting caught. The afternoons this weekend on the full moon incoming tide will definitely be an inviting time to chase them. Again, don’t forget to chuck the crab pots in.
With the northerly winds and the full moon this weekend Lake Monduran should be firing! The windblown points and bays are definitely where to fish. Slow-rolling large paddle tail soft plastics has been getting the attention on the big barramundi. Also, the Jackall Squirrels and Samaki Redics have been catching their fair share as well. Working these hardbodies with quite an aggressive twitch, then long pauses is the standout technique that I like.
QUEENSLAND EAST COAST BARRA CLOSURE
Don’t forget the barramundi closure for the East Coast of Queensland comes into effect at midnight on 31st October 2020 and continues until midnight on 31st January 2021.
More information can be found on the Department of Fisheries website at https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/fisheries/recreational/closed-seasons-waters/tidal-waters