This weekend the wind looks as though it’s going to blow from mid-morning. We might get a chance to get out in the morning, but the window will not be open for long. There has been a lot of mackerel and tuna caught in close around the leads off Burnett Heads and the 2-Mile reef off Bargara – so this is the place to be. The methods used for catching these fish are Flasha Spoon lures and trolling hard-body lures. If you’re wanting to use bait, the unweighted pilchard has been working the best. Always make sure to check the weather before heading out. Bundaberg
THE BURNETT RIVER
The river is starting to fire. With the water warming up, there has been mangrove jack caught and the occasional grunter. Most have been caught on the rock walls and rubble bottoms in the river. Mangrove jack have been caught on live bait mullet strips. And grunter have been caught using the same bait. There have been reports of whiting caught on the sand flats in the river using yabbies, worms and peeled prawns. The flathead have been on the move as well with plenty caught using soft plastics. The 3-4” paddle tail has been the go-to for most anglers. With the recent rain in the region, we should start seeing a mud crab or two caught as well. Bundaberg
THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEEK
Both systems have been producing some nice flathead and whiting. The flathead and whiting have been caught right up both systems, drifting with the incoming and outgoing tides. Using mullet strips, yabbies or squid cut into strips will do the damage. Don’t be worried that the water is too shallow, some of the whiting have been caught in 40cm of water. You can also sit in the deep water and cast into the shallows. Whiting and flathead will be up in the shallows chasing the bait fish and yabbies. We have also seen good-sized mud crabs being caught throughout the system. My go-to bait is mullet heads and chicken frames.
The dam has been firing with a lot of big fish caught and lost. A fair amount of fish have been caught in the Basin and Bird Bay. Anglers have been catching them trolling and casting big soft plastics and hard-bodies. The fish have been caught on the shallow flats and in heavily timbered areas and in the deep on the old riverbeds in the dam. The go-to soft plastics to use have been anything from the 5-9” in the black and gold colour or the natural bait fish colour. Keep in mind that the colour white produces well in the dam. Most of the plastics are rigged with a stinger hook to make sure when you get the bite it stays connected, though we all know that with barramundi that is not the case. The wind plays a big part and the wind blowing from the north has made a big difference. Bird Bay has a few nice weed beds starting to grow and the fish seem to enjoy hiding in them, waiting for the bait to swim past.
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CATCH OF THE WEEK
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