The inshore reefs have been firing. With the spanish mackerel season open alot of anglers got into them last weekend. Trolling gar and hardbody lures has been the standout techniques while fishing for spanish mackerel.
Early mornings and late afternoons is always a great time to target them. Again, the snapper and grunter are starting to show up so be sure to drop some lines to the bottom to catch some of those tasty critters. Using 20g soft vibes and 5” zman soft plastics is a deadly way to get the bite from both the snapper and grunter.
With the nice weather we’ve been experiencing alot of lucky anglers have been getting out getting into some trophy sized coral trout and red emperor. When you are chasing trout, using pilchards as bait and using prawn imitation lures is the way to get the bite!
The red emperor have been biting on big flesh baits, squid, live bait and the new Nomad Squidtrex. Always concentrate on your favourite spots on the tide changes, that one hour either side of the tide surely can change your day.
The Burnett has been producing some very nice fish over the past week! The number one fish that has been getting caught has definitely been the barramundi.
Most of these barra have been getting caught on soft vibes, prawn imitation lures and live bait. There’s been some welcomed bycatch with them as well, including mangrove jack and salmon.
The prawns and crabs are showing no sign of slowing down either. Remember the best time to target prawns is towards the bottom of the tide when there is no current.
There’s been some very nice bread and butter fish being caught in the Baffle Creek over the past week with the standout fish being whiting and flathead. The most effective way to catch these two species is by pumping yabbies at low tide and fishing the incoming tide over shallow sand bars.
If you’re more into lure fishing, slow rolling 3” Zman Minnowz over the sand bars and mud flats has been working a treat for the flatty’s. For the whiting, throwing small poppers over shallow sand bars will get you into some good whiting action. Don’t forget to drop the crab pots in and keep the cast net handy, there’s been plenty of crabs and prawns in this system.
The standout fish being caught in the Kolan has to be the grunter. These fish are super tasty to eat and fun to catch! If you’re into throwing lures, a lot of the gulp soft plastics are known to be the favourite for the grunter.
If you’re more into bait fishing, using mullet strips, live yabbies and prawns are a good way to get the bite from a grunter. There’s definitely still been good numbers of barra and jack being caught as well so be sure to have a go for them.
Lake Monduran has been producing some very nice barra over the past week. Plenty of these fish have been getting caught on Jackall Squirrels and Samaki Redics, fishing in the shallow timbers. Early mornings and late afternoons seems like the best bite times at the moment.
Remember to always look for the windblown points and bays, that’s where the fish will be hanging out and feeding. Always fish with confidence, you never know when that 1m+ barramundi will jump onto your line!
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