Hope all the school kids have enjoyed their second week of the school holidays. Luckily enough we had some great weather around the Bundaberg area last weekend, and at this stage it looks like this weekend will be another cracker.
The Burnett River is still alive with bait fish and small prawns and that’s what seems to be attracting the amount of quality fish into this fantastic river. With the bigger tides this weekend it would be worth trying for a feed of whiting around the many sand flats, using peeled prawns. Sand worms or fresh yabbies should work as well. The bream and flathead are also around in good numbers as well as larger predatory species like mangrove jack. Big blue salmon have also been caught during the past week.
There have not been too many reports from the offshore guys but there were a few mackerel, grunter and snapper caught on the closer inshore reefs to provide a bit of hot action.
Like the Burnett, the other main river systems in our region are also fishing and crabbing well. Baffle Creek and the Kolan River to the north have been a good option with plenty of mangrove jack still being caught in the upper reaches of both systems, but the action should start to slow down as the days start to cool off. Plenty of nice bream, whiting and flathead have been caught patrolling both river mouths, mainly on bait.
I recently took the family camping at Lake Monduran Holiday Park and we all had a top time. There was heaps for the kids to do with free Put-Put golf and basketball court and lots of ground the kick around a footy. With two amazing camp kitchens and clean amenities it was a really relaxing weekend. Obviously I was there for the fishing and was rewarded with a nice barra on Monday morning. The amount of barra just starting to roam up onto the shallow flats, as seen on the Humminbird side-imaging sounder, gave me the confidence to keep fishing the one area. The lures that were working well were the Jackalls Squirrels and the 100mm Smash Minnows, cast towards a shallow point with wind and current flow. The key was to let the lure suspend in front of the barra for up to five seconds on a stop-start retrieve back to the boat. Both the barra tour guides and I believe that the action will only improve over the next few weeks.
Fish with confidence,
Tackle World Bundaberg